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Pints for Paws Beer Fest benefits beer lovers, pet owners, Humane Society

Source: Newschief | By: Paul Catala


LAKELAND — For the fifth year, Pints for Paws Lakeland Beer Fest will bring together more than 100 beer brands and vendors in a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Polk County.

From 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, the Lake Mirror Frances Langford Promenade will change from a city park into a flow of beer sampling booths, and, for the first time, tastings of six types of wines from Tampa wine supplier Wine Stream Inc.

There will be live music, food trucks, a variety of entertainment and interactive beer stations set up around the promenade, 121 S. Lake Ave. Tracey Greene, president of the Humane Society Board of Directors, said the promenade is a new location for the Beer Fest and is being sponsored by Bernie Little Distributors, the Lakeland-based Anheuser-Busch wholesale distributor.

Greene said the event was moved from RP Funding Center because of a conflict in scheduling.

“This is a new location and we’re very excited about that, being in beautiful downtown Lakeland,” said Greene. “It’s going to open up the event and people will have a nice, scenic area to enjoy this event along with their dogs.”

Over the past four years, Greene said, Pints for Paws has generated between $5,000 and $6,000 for the Humane Society’s general operating expenses. She said since Bernie Little Distributors funds money to cover the event’s costs, more money — 100 percent — is given to the Humane Society of Polk County.

“It’s not only a day to sample over 100 beers, it’s also a wonderful community event to experience with your best four-legged friend,” said Greene.

Among the breweries on the sampling tap this year are: Blue Point, Patchogue, N.Y.; Kirin, Tokyo, Japan; Magic Hat, South Burlington, Vt.; 3 Daughters, St. Petersburg; New Holland Brewing, Holland, Mich.; and Big Storm Brewing Co., Odessa.

Other than its location, the 2018 Pints for Paws Lakeland Beer Fest will have other new events and activities, said Stephanie Eck, on-premise sales manager for Bernie Little Distributors. She said this year’s edition has more interactive events and goodies for guests.

Among new activities for pets and their owners will be free dental exams for dogs by Companion Animal Hospital, Lakeland, as well as non-alcoholic beer samples for the canines; samples of a limited-edition Budweiser 1933 Repeal Reserve beer celebrating Prohibition’s 1933 repeal, served in a “speak-easy”; and three new food trucks — Plant City’s Cuban B’s Burger Bazaar & Bake Shack, Rick’s Bar-B-Q and Tallulah’s Table by the Sea, both of Winter Haven.

Karbach Brewing Co. of Houston will be have a booth set up and will have available leather beer koozies that can be inscribed with guests’ initials. She said a fire-eater from Kona Brewing Co., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, will stroll the premises, Michelob Ultra representatives will have a rock-climbing wall set up and Bud Light will host a “build-a-bar” beer garden with a photo booth.

Acoustic singer-guitarist Ken Apperson of Tampa will entertain, and disc jockey Shaun Williams of Lakeland will keep recorded tunes spinning throughout the night.

Overall, Eck said, the annual Pints for Paws Lakeland Beer Fest is becoming more solidified as a go-to event each year for fun, foam and furry friends.

“There’s so much to do and beer and other samples to try, all to help the Humane Society of Polk County. It’s a fun night for you and your dog,” she said.

Guests to Pints for Paws must be over 21 and have a valid ID.