When it comes to dogs and beer, Brian Hurst isnâ€™t sure which one he likes better.
His love for dogs spurred his involvement with a local non-profit animal shelter and his background in event planning provided the inspiration for a beerfest.
Saturday he will celebrate the marriage of his twin passions in the 2nd annual Fall Harvest Brewfest. A jam-packed night of music, food and beer sampling will not only be fun for the community, but will benefit Larimer Countyâ€™s Animal House Shelter as well, Hurst said.
â€œMy girlfriend (Cari Frank) and I love dogs,â€ Hurst said. â€œWe learned that Animal House doesnâ€™t have a lot of funding so we came up with the brewfest idea to help (the shelter).â€
Animal House is a â€œno-killâ€ shelter on Vine Drive for all breeds of dogs and cats slated for euthanasia due to pet over-population at other shelters.
Tim Grabham, owner of the Steak Out Saloon on Mountain Avenue, is one of the brewfestâ€™s sponsors this year and said heâ€™s enthusiastic to be a part of the event.
â€œLast yearâ€™s event was an extreme success,â€ Grabham said. â€œI attended expecting a decent turnout with a limited amount of breweries. That was not the case.â€
Grabham said there was an abundance of knowledgeable “beer people and guestsâ€ as well as brewery representatives on hand to answer questions.
â€œIt felt like it was a wonderful recreation of the Great American Brew Fest, only local, without all the lines and the cost,â€ he said.
Brian Hurst said heâ€™s hoping to raise $10,000 for the shelter this year.
â€œThey need all the help they can get, so drink a beer, save a dog,” Grabham said.
For $30, ticket holders will have access to microbrew samplings from breweries and micro-distilleries along the Front Range from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs. There will also be a cash bar.
Local restaurants and companies will provide appetizers for the event and three bands â€“â€“Rick Smith and Steve Murray playing an acoustic set and Denverâ€™s The Highland Ramblers playing bluegrass â€“â€“ are lined up to set the musical mood.
Green Ride, a local shuttle service, will provide service from Choice City Butcher and Deli to the fest venue starting at 4:40 p.m. and running through the event. Valet bicycle parking and overnight vehicle parking will also be available.
A silent auction and a drawing for a weeklong trip to Mexico are also on the schedule for the event, which will be held at the Drake Centre, at 802 W. Drake Road.
â€œIf you love beer and dogs,â€ Hurst said, â€œthen come out and have fun and support a good cause.
Staff writer Emily Johnson can be reached at news@collegian.
Info on second annual Fall Harvest Brewfest
- When: Saturday
- Where: Drake Centre, 802 W. Drake Road
- V.I.P.: 5 to 6 p.m., $45
- General: 6 p.m., $30