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This new local business is upcycling spent grain from area breweries into healthy dog treats

whosagooddog? launched earlier this month and uses spent grains from local breweries to make small batch, organic dog treats.

A smiling dog stands next to a bag of whosagooddog? treats

This baby’s smile really says it all.

Photo via @_whosagooddog_

Earlier this month, new small-batch dog treat company whosagooddog? launched. A brainchild of former special needs instructor Jen Nathanson, this business makes treats using spent grains from local breweries to create human grade, organic treats all based on recipes she’s formulated herself.

“I’m a lifelong baker, I love food, and my kids are grown,” says Jen. “I used to bake treats for their school all the time, so I decided to start making them for dogs.”

Jen uses the unique flavors and tasting notes of local seasonal releases, like Highland Brewing Co.'s iconic Cold Mountain, as inspiration. “I use spent grains like barley and rye, then add fruits and nuts and things like molasses, honey, and flaxseed meal.”

The result? Tasty and healthy dehydrated dog treats with a distinct crunch. If you want to get your paws on some, samples are available at local dog-friendly establishments, including Wrong Way Campground, Outsider Brewing Company, High Five Coffee- Riverside. Aloft Hotel will also have them on deck at its Sun., Oct. 30 Howl-O-Ween Dog Party.

Find them for purchase at Highland Brewing Co.'s East Asheville and downtown locations. You can also contact Jen via social media or email to place an order.

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