Canine companions will still be welcome at Wolff’s Biergarten while their owners are enjoying beer, peanuts and soccer, but they’ll have to stay outside.
The four locations of the popular beer hall are tweaking their dog policies after a neighbor with an ongoing campaign against the Wolff’s in Syracuse succeeded in getting the place cited for letting dogs inside. After the Onondaga County Health Department issued a warning, Wolff’s changed the rules.
Wolff’s owner Matt Baumgartner said all three Capital Region Wolff’s — in Albany, Schenectady and Troy — have easy access to the outdoor seating areas so that dogs don’t have to come through the indoor seating area to get there, which is illegal under state law. The patio at the Syracuse Wolff’s will be redesigned to allow legal dog access, he added.
Other provisions of state law: Dogs have to be on a leash or in a carrier; on the ground rather than on a chair or table; and pet waste must be cleaned up and sanitized.
Also: Dogs can’t come inside to socialize with each other or other humans, or just sit and wait for peanuts to drop on the ground.
“Which is kind of a bummer,” Baumgartner said — dogs were part of the scene at Wolff’s.
Dogs haven’t been creating problems in the beer halls, he added.
“Literally never once.”