Beards Brewery recently released The Dogman Scotch Ale, a tribute to Northern Michigan folklore, and now available on tap at the pub and throughout Michigan.

Beards Brewery recently released The Dogman Scotch Ale, a tribute to Northern Michigan folklore, and now available on tap at the pub and throughout Michigan.

“The Dogman” Has Returned in the Form of a Beer

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Have you heard of the legend of The Dogman? Brewer Justin Koziol of Beards Brewery in Petoskey sure has, and he’s paying tribute to this piece of Northern Michigan folklore in a recently released Scotch Ale, which is on tap in the pub and throughout the state.

Beards Brewery recently released The Dogman Scotch Ale, a tribute to Northern Michigan folklore, and now available on tap at the pub and throughout Michigan.

The name comes from the legend of The Dogman, a werewolf-like creature that is known to inhabit the woods of the Northern lower peninsula. Movies have been made. There is a song. And sightings date back to the late 1800s of a creature known to stand on its hind legs.

“The Dogman is a Scotch Ale, which tend to be full bodied, a bit boozy, but also a little sweet,” Koziol said, referring to the beer. “It’s a darker beer but it’s not roasty like a stout. It’s has more of a caramel thing going on and it’s made with cherry-wood smoked malt, which gives it a touch of smokiness. But it’s more than a beer. It’s also a legend.”

The ale has 8.5% ABV and is available in 12 oz. cans.

In an interview with mLive, Koziol spoke about the inspiration behind the beer.

“Years back, I was squirrel hunting at a local state park and it was nearing dusk as I rounded a corner of a path tunneling through low hanging cedars. Hoping to make it out of the forest before dark, and keeping a brisk pace, I was suddenly halted by a low growl coming from the trailside brush. I stumbled back and drew my Mossberg as an uncanny beast leapt before me. It was hunched over but stood tall, maybe seven feet, and had a dark coat of coarse fur. I was frozen with terror as the creature snarled, exposing saber-like fangs and billowing steam from its nostrils in the crisp Fall air. It resembled a werewolf but was decidedly more doglike. Before I could overcome my bewilderment, it slipped into a thicket across the trail and vanished. I regained my bearings and made a break for the road, feeling very alive.”

Brewer Justin Koziol of Beards Brewery shares his story of his encounter with The Dogman

Brewer Justin Koziol of Beards Brewery shares his story of his encounter with The Dogman

Yes, it’s fiction, he admits.

“I’m not saying this was the Dogman, but I’m not saying it wasn’t the Dogman, either. I was, of course, grateful not to have been mauled and was sufficiently motivated to honor the seemingly mythical entity. To this end, I have created The Dogman Ale and intend it to serve as a tribute to a sometimes merciful wilderness.”

Learn more about Beards Brewery and their beers — including The Dogman — at their website.

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