Students Make Dog Treats From Used Beer Hops

By Wayne Baker
Journal-News, Hamilton, Ohio

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) This article takes a look at the terrific “Project Life Transition program” at Butler Tech that is giving young adults with disabilities the opportunity to learn entry level and transferable job skills.


The Brewhaus Dog Bones non-profit company was founded in 2014, with the idea that it could create some delicious treats for your favorite pet, as well as help young adults with disabilities learn job skills. A local partnership with Butler Tech and Ross students has been a tasty success.

The Journal-News peeked inside the kitchen this week at the Ross Local School District to see what was cooking, and found five dedicated students whipping up some tasty dog bones.

Jill Henning, instructor for the Project Life Transition program at Butler Tech, said the school partnered with Brewhaus as one of its job training sites for young adults with disabilities.

“Brewhaus was founded by Lisa Graham and she only releases this program to schools so that young adults with disabilities are giving the opportunity to learn entry level and transferable job skills,” Henning explained. “So with this partnership we are located in Ross Local School District and we use their kitchen.”

Zach Abney, Ethan Courtney, Gabby Jones, Jordan Opoku and Eavilee Rainey come from Ross, Middletown, Lakota, Monroe and Fairfield school districts. Teams rotate in to keep the operation running smoothly during the school year.

There work ethic is on point as they run through the baking process like a well-oiled machine.

They hit the road to collect spent grains from local breweries — Municipal Brew Works in Hamilton and the Mt. Healthy-based Fibonacci Brewing Company. Part of the not-so-secret recipe involves a trip to local breweries to get a key ingredient.

“So we go there and pick up the grains and the students then come back here, and they use the spent grains and other ingredients to make a dough which they put into dog bone molds and then they bake the dog bones and package them and then they go out on Wednesday’s and deliver them to local vendors who have agreed to sell those products for us,” Henning said.

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