Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron is releasing two of its special draft-only beers in bottles. Both Citra Dog, an India pale ale, and Rail Dog, a smoked black lager, proved popular enough that they are going into bottle production, co-owner John Najeway said. (See both labels below.)
"They haven't been out there for mass audiences before," he said. "They've only been at special events and at the brewery. ... They are both great sessionable beers ."
Citra Dog, as the name implies, is made with Citra hops and features a big aroma of tangerine and mango. It's 95 IBUs and 6.7 percent alcohol by volume. Citra Dog is Thirsty Dog's first true India pale ale in a bottle.
The beer goes on sale at 4 p.m. Wednesday (June 5) at the Akron brewery. It also will be available later in the week at Acme Fresh Market and Buehler's Fresh Foods stores. The cost is $10.99 for a six-pack.
The label features a pit bull-labrador mix wearing a red superhero cape. The dog is owned by Adam Stall, one of the Thirsty Dog brewers, and was rescued earlier this year.
Rail Dog was made last year for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's 40th anniversary. Najeway described it as a "crisp, clean lager" with plenty of smoke character. It is 6.5 percent alcohol by volume.
The beer will go on sale at the brewery at 4 p.m. June 12 and then at local Acme stores, 101 Bottles in Kent, Heinen's stores and Giant Eagle groceries. It will retail for $9.99 for a six-pack.
The label features an Irish Wolfhound running alongside the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train.