Ben Whitelaw was a brewer at Big River, the brew pub in downtown Chattanooga, when he first conceived a business making and selling dog treats. He was in the habit of taking his dog to work with him on the weekends. As soon as they got there the little dog made a beeline for the spent grain scattered all over the floor of the grain room. Other dogs are equally attracted to the grain left over during the process of brewing beer.
Now two years later, Ben Whitelaw and his partner have Barley Bones Craft Dog Treats, a thriving business selling bone shaped dog treats made from leftover grain. He told WUTC's Richard Winham that these days, they use more than 70 pounds of grain every week.