WL resident creates beer for horses

by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Denay Love's new beer, Strydor's Stout, is named after her horse Strydor, who loves to drink beer.Denay Love and her 9-year old horse, Strydor, have a routine.

When she cracks open a beer, Love always takes the first sip. Then, Strydor is free to lap up the rest of the 16 ounce can — or, rather, as much as he can drink before it spills to the ground.

“He might get maybe a cup,” Love said with a laugh. “He wastes the majority of it.”

Strydor loves beer. Until recently, his favorite brew was Bud Light, but that was before he had a beer to call his own. Love, who lives in West Linn, recently became a licensed wholesale distributor under the name “Beer For My Horses,” and her featured brew is fittingly named “Strydor’s Stout.”

“The release was in November, and up until this month it’s been purchased through the brewer that makes it — Seven Brides,” Love said. “But now I can do it wholesale directly myself through Beer For My Horses.”

Strydor’s Stout is available at Wanker’s Corner Saloon, as well as at the Sheridan Fruit Company in Portland and Green Zebra Grocery. For Love, it’s the culmination of a project she began almost two years ago.

by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Love recently became a licensed distributor of Strydor's Stout, which can be found at Wanker's Corner, among other locations.

“A girlfriend showed me a dog beer and was like ‘Hey, check this out,’” Love said. “I had mentioned making a beer for horses and she said, ‘You need to do this.’”

Love ran the idea past some of her other rodeo acquaintances, and one friend from Lake Oswego even volunteered to create a logo for the beer. When Love discussed the concept with Oregon breweries, Seven Brides jumped on board.

“So I partnered with them and got 1,740 beers to sell,” Love said.

Love discovered Strydor’s taste for beer while on a camping trip, sparking her to research whether or not it was healthy for horses to drink beer.

“It turns out it’s been happening for decades,” Love said. “So it’s a pretty popular thing. Beer is actually good for horses.”

And, naturally, it would be very difficult for a horse like Strydor to become intoxicated.

“He’s a 900-pound animal,” Love said. “So it would take a lot of beer.”

Strydor, it should be noted, will “literally eat anything” according to Love, so his taste for beer was not particularly surprising. But, as the television news program 60 Minutes noted in a piece from 2010, even legendary racehorses like Zenyatta have a zest for beer — stouts in particular.

The brewer of Strydor's Stout, Seven Brides, loved the idea when Love presented it.

“Horses tend to like stouts,” Love said. “The reason they like the stout is it’s a little more molasses-y, it’s got a sweeter, chocolate-y kind of taste. As far as people who have never given their horses beer, you’d rather start with something they like.

“It’s also lower alcohol, only 4.2 percent.”

To spread the word to fellow horse lovers in town, Love and Strydor will appear at Wanker’s Corner in Tualatin, 2509 Borland Road, May 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. for beer tasting and an “autograph” session in which Strydor signs T-shirts with his hoof print.

“I do use Strydor for more than beer,” Love joked. “He’s a lesson horse.”

And after a long day of work, what better than to pop open a cold one?

By Patrick Malee
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by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Love always gets the first sip of beer, then Strydor laps up the rest.

by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Love made sure to do her research before diving into the project, and found that beer is actually good for horses.

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