If every dog has its day, all the weekends will be filled with Porkies, a new dog biscuit made from grain used to brew beer.
When brewers Kim Wong of the Specific Gravity Beverage Company and Greg Brown (above), Assistant Brewer at Lion Brewery, got together one afternoon, they hit upon a fabulous idea to fulfil two of their greatest passions: brewing great beer and helping their four-legged friends.
Greg mentioned he loved the Vienna Malt grain variety; Kim happened to have some in stock. And so the plan was unleashed: why don’t they make a Limited Edition batch of Vienna Lager and use the spent grain to make dog biscuits?
They approached dog treat company The Barkery, which produces delicious and nutritious biscuits and meatloaves for our canine companions. It suggested adding lean minced pork and a touch of cinnamon to the mix. Hey presto, Porkies was born.
The beer wasn’t bad either.
A fruity, lightly hopped beer that’s great for Singapore’s tropical climate, Vienna Lager is an amber-reddish Austrian beer variety that closely resembles the Marzen style of Munch, Bavaria.
Not to cut the fun short, Kim and Greg contacted other colleagues in their industry to create an Instagram campaign with the aim of raising money for dog charities.
Both SGBC and Thirty Six Smokehouse & Brewlab will donate $1 for each unique Instagram photo of someone enjoying our Unleashed Vienna Lager with their pet – or the owner with their dog enjoying Porkies.
The photo should use the #unleashthelovesg hashtag and/or tag @sgbevco, @lionbreweryco and/or @thirtysix_sg. If this photo includes both Unleashed Vienna Lager and Porkies, an additional $1 will be donated!
Proceeds will go to two animal welfare organisations: SOSD (Save Our Street Dogs), a volunteer-run organisation dedicated to the welfare of Singapore’s many street animals (donations to www.giving.sg/campaigns/unleashthelovesg_sosd) and Causes For Animals (Singapore), a charity set up to support the needs of local animal welfare promoting best practice, ethical, sustainable and compassionate treatment of animals (donations to www.giving.sg/campaigns/unleashthelovesg_cas).
Not to be left out of the party, The Barkery will donate 20% per cent to charity for each purchase of 100 grams of Porkies from its shop in Joo Chiat Road and LINO at Binjai Park will donate $1 for each bottle sold.
The fundraising goal is to reach $1,000 for Save Our Street Dogs and Causes For Animals (Singapore).
“Vienna Lager ticks all the boxes for us,” said Kim Wong of the Specific Gravity Beverage Company. “We love beer and we love dogs. How great is it that we can make one and help the other? We hope it will give our beer-drinking friends paws for thought.”
Said Greg Brown of Lion Brewery: “I think this idea certainly deserves a pat on the back. Not only are we making beer and helping dogs, it’s also a great way for us to remain sustainable and give something back to the community.”
The biscuits are available for purchase at The Barkery (326 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427583 www.sgbarkery.com), www.sgbevco.sg and 36 Club Street.
Vienna Lager is available online at www.sgbevco.com or at:
– LINO (7 Binjai Park, Singapore 589821)
– UB3 Bistro (51 Ubi Ave 3, Singapore 408858)
– Ziggy Zaggy (51 Kampong Bugis, #01-04 Riverside Condominium, Singapore 338986)
– Smith Street Taps (335 Smith St, #02-062, Singapore 050335)