Sunday, September 20, 2015

Big Springs Brewing Debuts at Bark and Brew

So, many of you saw my blog and subsequent reminder posts on Facebook and Twitter about our fantastic, free event, Bark and Brew. In its fourth year, this event was a success. Puppies and their people came out to enjoy the amazingly beautiful weather, and owners enjoyed some tasty brews. We had a variety of bottled and canned craft beer along with a home brew crew hoping to go commercial. The event this year was held at Mutty Paws, a new pet kennel, groomer, and spa in Watkinsville, GA. They are still under construction, but it is going to be awesome.

Owen Ogletree, organizer of the event, hangs out with some our volunteers.

I have been master of ceremonies for our doggy parade every year, and it is usually the highlight of the event for me.  I love seeing the tricks and wags and happy, drooling faces. However, this year was made extra special because we had Big Springs Brewing in attendance. Although this crew is currently still in home brew status; they are looking for a space to turn their passion into a business.

Although, they were originally looking in Oconee County where we would love to have a couple of breweries, the laws and local lawmakers are still blocking progress; so these guys could be our next Athens brewery. I have to say as a beer judge and general beer geek, head brewer Morgan, spearheaded some excellent brews. I tried their Kolsch, Tripel, and a couple of other beers of note. They were quite tasty!

John and Morgan of Big Springs Brewing show off their beers.

I have to give a shout out to all of our volunteers for donating their time and to Big Springs for donating their time and beer, and to Terrapin Beer Company for providing prizes for this wonderful event which helps out our local Athens-Area Humane Society. Although it is a free event, attendees were encouraged to put in donation for the Humane Society. Anytime my favorite past time can help out the community, it makes that event that much more special. Remember my friends, eat well and drink good beer - with your favorite pooch if you can!

Widget, the lion-cut Sheltie, was one of our winners this
year. Mom won a gift pack from Terrapin Brewing.

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