Old Brown Dog

Dependable, Delicious, Daily Drinker

Old Brown Dog has been cited as a classic example of the “American Brown Ale” style of beer. Compared to a typical English Brown Ale, Old Brown Dog is fuller-bodied and more strongly hopped.

Old Brown Dog has been around for many years. It was first brewed in 1988 at the Northampton Brewery. In 1989 it won a silver medal in its category (American Brown Ale) at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. It has since been retired from competition but enjoys love and respect from people all over the world.

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Vital Stats






Deep Reddish Brown

Malt Bill

North American 2-Row, Munich 10L, C-120, Chocolate


Bittering: Cascade and Galena, Flavoring: Willamette


American Ale

Starting Extract

15° Plato

"This is comfortable beer to drink. Imagine yourself curled up on your favorite chair, reading that totally worn out copy of your favorite book that you should probably replace, with your favorite, loyal dog, sprawled at your feet. But instead of an actual dog, it’s a glass full of beer, and it’s not on your feet, it’s in your hand. Pretty great, right?"

Literature and Libation, March 29, 2012

Old Brown Dog Recommended Food Pairings

  • Old Brown Dog is an excellent brining liquid for all kinds of poultry
  • Griiled Meats, especially Sausages, Ribs and Steak
  • Enchiladas or Stuffed Poblano Peppers

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