Retro Dog owners Lisa Bruno and Camille Berrodin heard it every so often.
A customer would be munching on one of their char-grilled hot dogs — with natural casings, by the way — and remark how nice it would be to have a cold beer with the meal.
They had decided at first that their colorful restaurant and carhop in Cuyahoga Falls was too family-oriented for beer. But the remarks kept coming.
So Retro Dog has teamed up with a big dog in the beer world, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron.
Instead of just offering Thirsty Dog beer, though, Retro Dog had the brewery make a special draft beer just for the restaurant, 350 E. Steels Corners Road.
Retro Dog now offers Retro Dog Light and a rotating Thirsty Dog seasonal beer on its two-tap draft system.
Thirsty Dog had been making the restaurant’s root beer so it was a no-brainer for the brewery to produce its beer.
“We wanted something that would go with our food first of all,” Bruno said about the choice of a light beer. “Something that’s light and refreshing.”
Thirsty Dog co-owner John Najeway described it as “a true light beer and it’s under 135 calories with some nice hop flavors to it.” The beer also is only 3.8 percent alcohol by volume.
Bruno and Berrodin noted that Retro Dog isn’t turning into a bar. It will remain a family restaurant.
To help celebrate the Retro Dog-Thirsty Dog marriage, the restaurant will host its first beer tasting and food pairing dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 12.
There will be Retro Dog Light paired with chicken wings, Citra Dog American IPA with hot dogs, Irish Setter Red with burger sliders and Rise of the Mayan Dog with a float. Tickets are $25. Call 330-928-3500.