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Product: Craft Beer Biscuits for Very Good Dogs

Meet one Columbus company that is crafting dog treats out of brewers’ spent grains.

- Photo by Jodi Miller

An open garage and the smell of brewing beer has long been a signal for Brian Ratliff’s neighbors to head over and taste his latest creations, including treats for their dogs. A longtime home brewer, Ratliff started making dog biscuits about three years ago after reading an article about the health benefits of spent grains, protein- and fiber-packed super grains that are a byproduct of the brewing process. After testing recipes for his own four-legged friend, Brewster (pictured above), and others in his Worthington neighborhood, he met business partner Robby Ringnalda, a fellow entrepreneur and dog lover. The pair decided to launch Craft Beer Biscuits in January 2018.

Around the same time, Ratliff got to know Gavin Meyers, co-founder of North High Brewing, and learned that the brewery had nearly 8,000 pounds of spent grains each week—so much that North High was paying to have it hauled away. Realizing the opportunity, Ratliff and Ringnalda pitched the idea of co-branding Craft Beer Biscuits to North High, Four String Brewing Co. and Endeavor Brewing Co.

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