Four men standing in front of storefront with long ribbon and large scissors, potted plants in foreground

Dog House Brewing Company held their official grand opening on Aug. 14. Cutting the ribbon are, from left, Deputy Mayor Gary Serviss, co-owner Richard McNish, Mayor Bob Sweet and co-owner Brady McNish. Photo by Patricia Leboeuf.

Petawawa welcomes Dog House Brewing Co. to the Boulevard

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday September 23, 2021

A father and son team have opened a storefront in Petawawa for the Dog House Brewing Company.

Though they’ve been offering their military-inspired craft brews for a while now, owners Richard and Brady McNish have officially opened their doors on Petawawa Boulevard with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 14. They invited people to come in for a peek and take part in a BBQ courtesy of Watch My 6 Service Dogs.

“It’s a dream, to be honest with you,” said Richard. “It’s pretty special to have this sort of venture with my son.”

The brewing company was born from the most unlikely of places: a simple Father’s Day gift. Brady purchased a beer making kit for his dad, who quickly realized that not only did he have the knack for brew-making, but a passion for it.

After talking about starting their own company for years, they finally took the step a couple of years ago when Richard returned from Iraq. From there, the brewery grew until it was large enough to require a store of its own.

The location is ideal.

“It is so close to Garrison (Petawawa), which we hold close to our heart as serving members,” said Brady.

“Being able to give back to the community that has given us so much means a lot,” he added.

All of their beers pay tribute to the area’s military history. Each can has a story attached, detailing its link to Garrison Petawawa and the Canadian Armed Forces.

They are now up to four different flavours: War Dog Gold Pilsner, 18 Pounder Amber Ale, Breacher Pale Ale and Royals Blueberry Weissbier.

The father-son duo work together very well.

As he is posted Outside of Canada (OUTCAN), Brady is in charge of the marketing and online aspects of the business, while Richard is more hands-on.

“It actually works quite well because it is a good division of tasks so we don’t butt heads on anything,” said Brady.

Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet attended the event, not only in an official capacity but also to extend his well wishes to a family he knows so well. He was proud to see Brady go from small child to a brewmaster, and was more than happy to see the McNish family establish a business in town.

“I think it’s marvelous and I wish them the very best, obviously,” said Sweet, pointing out the hard work that Christine Mitchell, Economic Development Officer, contributed to make it happen.

“I hope to see them grow to the point that they outgrow what they currently have and look into expanding somewhere in the community,” he added. “I wish them every success ‘growing’ forward. This is what we want to see for the town.”

The brewery is located at 3477A Petawawa Blvd.