Sep 302010
Authors: Emily Johnson

When it comes to dogs and beer, Brian Hurst isn’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 County’s Animal House Shelter as well, Hurst said.

“My girlfriend (Cari Frank) and I love dogs,” Hurst said. “We learned that Animal House doesn’t have a lot of funding so we came up with the brewfest idea to help (the shelter).”

Animal House is a “no-kill” 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 brewfest’s sponsors this year and said he’s enthusiastic to be a part of the event.

“Last year’s event was an extreme success,” Grabham said. “I attended expecting a decent turnout with a limited amount of breweries. That was not the case.”

Grabham said there was an abundance of knowledgeable “beer people and guests” as well as brewery representatives on hand to answer questions.

“It felt like it was a wonderful recreation of the Great American Brew Fest, only local, without all the lines and the cost,” he said.

Brian Hurst said he’s hoping to raise $10,000 for the shelter this year.

“They 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 ––Rick Smith and Steve Murray playing an acoustic set and Denver’s The Highland Ramblers playing bluegrass –– 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.

“If you love beer and dogs,” Hurst said, “then 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
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