Sea Dog Root Beer
The Sea Dog Brewing Co. was founded in 1993 by Peter Camplin, but was then purchased in 2002 by Fred Forsley-- owner of the Shipyard Brewing Co. (Which also produces Captn Eli Root Beer). Instead of being absorbed by Shipyard Brewing, the two companies continue to run separately although they are both owned by the same person.
Sea Dog Root Beer was actually named after a real dog, Barney, who was the sea Dog Brewing Company’s apprentice brew master and figurehead. Sadly he is no longer with us, but his spirit lives on. Great Pyrenees dogs were originally bred for their dauntless protection of mountain flocks and as official guard dogs for the French court in the 17th century. Barney continued this age old tradition by posting guard over the brew kettle as it boiled. Although the Great Pyrenees breed usually dislikes the water, Barney loved it and dove right in whenever he got the chance. As a boating enthusiast he began sailing at three months old, and thus acquired his nickname of “Sea Dog.” Barney was just as at home on deck as on land.
The company operates several restaurants in Florida and Maine, and Jim Bunting, current Operations Director for Sea Dog Brewing, tells The Root Beer Store they are soon to open a new Restaurant in New Hampshire as well. Regarding Sea Dog Root Beer, “Kids here prefer it,” says Bunting, and we at The Root Beer Store agree, it’s hard to keep it in stock!
(From their website and personal correspondence with Sea Dog Brewing)