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When was the last time you enjoyed the crisp taste of local craft beer with your furry friend in tow? For nearly 200 San Diegans, that time was last night during BARK After DARK at Culture Brewing Co. Starting at 5pm, the dog-friendly brewery in Solana Beach hosted a dog-friendly beer tasting with local dog wash and healthy pet food store, Dirty Dogs.
When guests arrived, they were given a raffle ticket for a drawing that occurred every 30 minutes throughout the event. Winners could receive a bag of Merrick Grain-Free dog food, Stella & Chewy’s raw dog food or a Premium Scrub at Dirty Dogs. With three new winners announced every 30 minutes, there were 21 dogs who took home prizes.
But while the event WAS all fun and games, it also benefited a good cause. 25% of all proceeds were donated to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society to help shelter animals in Encinitas find new homes as well as provide pet food and supplies to low-income families and avoid the need to re-home pets. The donation totaled over $500 thanks to the hardy group of craft beer connoisseurs who tasted a wealth of Culture’s excellent brews.
But it wasn’t just Culture and Dirty Dogs who helped make the fundraiser a success. David Moya, publisher of The Carmel Valley Life was a key asset to helping promote and document the event. The community website has recently launched a Pets section that covers healthy dog food, local dog destinations and dog-friendly events in North County, San Diego. Additionally, we would like to thank Ranch & Coast Magazine, Barking Beast and Cardiff 101 MainStreet for helping to spread the word.
The event was held as part of the BARK After DARK series that are hosted at local, dog-friendly locations and usually involve food and drinks for people and promotional give-aways from healthy dog food companies. If you have a restaurant or brewery where you would like to host a BARK After DARK, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or let us know in the comments.
Riley Bandy heads up marketing at Dirty Dogs. He oversees events, partnerships and advertising while also making sure Dirty Dogs is helping San Diego communities and providing the best possible support to dogs in need. He coordinates all community involvement and fundraising.
Before Dirty Dogs, Riley worked for the marketing agency, Imagination in Chicago managing client relationships for Gold’s Gym, Allstate Insurance and Western Union. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.