Great Raft Brewing has partnered with Blake Jackson of Drake Catering to make Doggie Beer Biscuits - tasty, healthy treats made for dogs of all sizes.

It's an effort to reduce the brewery's grain waste and benefit the Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana. Great Raft donates the spent grain and Drake donates the other treat ingredients - flour, peanut butter and honey - then bakes the treats once a month, starting this month.

Don't get all out of sorts...the dog treats are all-natural and contain no alcohol, hops, chemicals, preservatives or artificial flavors. They'll be sold at the Great Raft Brewing tasting room for $8 per bag, and the Humane Society, a local no-kill animal shelter, reaps 100% of the profits.

"Great Raft has been trying to find a way to get the Doggie Beer Biscuit program off the ground for months and Drake Catering shares the same care for the local animal population that we do," said Great Raft co-founder and vice-president Lindsay Nations in a news release. "This is a wonderful opportunity to make something beneficial from otherwise useless grains, and we hope the program will help the local Humane Society to do more of the wonderful work they already do saving and re-homing area dogs."

According to the news release, Great Raft and Drake Catering will use about fifty pounds of grain monthly to make the treats. The rest of the grain will continue to go to a local farmer who feeds the grains to his cattle on a nearby farm. All of the grains used to brew beer at Great Raft Brewing are recycled and used, without any going to waste.

"From day one, Great Raft Brewing has been committed to demonstrating their support and devotion to the local community, and now that includes our most prized clients - dogs," said Courtney Wingate of the Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana. "We will use the proceeds from Doggie Beer Biscuits to help pay our vet bills which average $5,000 a month, and we couldn’t be more thankful."


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