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Raise a Glass for (Hu)Man’s Best Friend

Berkeley Humane Society’s Pints for Paws event offers local craft beer tastings, live music, and more with hundreds of friendly pups joining the crowd

By Amanda Christensen

It doesn’t get much better than an afternoon spent drinking local craft brews and petting happy pups with their tails wagging—all of which, and more, can be experienced at the Berkeley Humane Society’s Pints for Paws event on June 3.

Guests at Pints for Paws with their dogs. May 19, 2023
Guests at Pints for Paws with their dogs CREDIT Polina Ulyanova

The fundraising event brings in money to support Berkeley Humane’s medical program, which provides care for urgent medical cases that come in from other public animal shelters, most of which don’t have the resources to handle the care themselves. The event is handled locally and is supported by about 50 local craft brewers, artisan wineries, cideries, and more. There will also be live music, games, and food trucks.

Dog with Berkeley Humane Society bandana. May 19, 2023
Dog with Berkeley Humane Society bandana CREDIT Polina Ulyanova

“There’s a VIP [event] that starts at 1 p.m., and the VIP [event] is what we call the ‘Golden Hour,’” says Jeffrey Zerwekh, executive director of the Berkeley Humane Society, “and that’s when many of the beverage providers are sharing something unique or special like a collaboration or a limited release.”

Dogs laying on the ground behind glass of beer from Fieldwork Brewery. May 19, 2023
Local craft breweries offer unlimited tastings for Pints for Paws attendees. CREDIT Polina Ulyanova

Every visitor will receive a commemorative Belgian-style glass for unlimited tastings, with general admission ticket holders allowed entry at 2 p.m. following the VIP event start time. “What makes the event really special is that many people bring their dogs, so there can easily be over 300 [at the event],” Zerwekh adds. “I think it brings the local beer community together with the animal welfare community, and it creates a really special vibe—this event is planned by the organizations, so there’s no outside marketing company involved … and 100% of the proceeds support the animals.”

Guests with commemorative glasses for beer tastings. May 19, 2023
Guests receive commemorative glasses for beer tastings. CREDIT Polina Ulyanova

Tickets are available up until the day of the event, and there is also an option to purchase a VIP Table for groups of eight to sit in a sectioned-off area and enjoy the live music.