There are many things Jared Read holds dear in life. Chief among them are his dogs, Gus and Bear, and truly great beer.
Read will celebrate both those things From 6-9 p.m. Saturday when he hosts the second annual Amarillo Pints for Pups at his brewery, Long Wooden Spoon, located at 4098 Business Park Dr. The money he raises will benefit the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society.
“It’s a fun event that people can bring their dogs to,” Read said. “People can have a craft beer and some local food, listen to live music and kick back. It’s a chance for us to give back to the community.”
The $20 entry fee will get you a T-shirt, doggie bandana, pint glass and one free beer as long as the supplies hold out. Last year the event attracted more than 150 people and raised an estimated $1,600 for the local Humane Society.
This year the event is expected to be much larger, according to Brittainy Crafton, marketing director for the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society. The Modern Woodman Fraternal Financial will also provide a boost by matching the first $2,500 raised.
“It’s just a win-win for everyone involved,” Crafton said. “The Humane Society wins; the brewery wins and the local vendors who participate win. And everyone who goes has a great time.”
All the money paid for admission goes to A-PHS, whose shelter during the summer is home to an average 250 dogs, cats, rabbits, goats and other livestock. The money raised by Pints for Pups will lower adoption fees and help fund the A-PHS Inspired Animal Fund and the Trap and Release Program.
Read, 46, opened Long Wooden Spoon Brewing in 2014. The brewery was born of his interest in mead. He was a Dungeons and Dragons fan and he wanted to see what the ancient brew was all about.
“I did a lot of research, and I brewed my first batch,” he said. “It was terrible.”
Read persisted and kept experimenting. While stirring a pot of boiling wort, a friend made the comment, “Man, I wish we had a long wooden spoon.” The name stuck.
Long Wooden Spoon Brewery now offers 18 brews from stout to cold brew to wheat beers. Read plans to add sake to the menu soon.
He was inspired to host his local Pints for Pups after seeing a similar event run by an organization in Austin. The Amarillo event is not affiliated with Pints4Pups organizations.
Raffle tickets will be available for several donated gifts, including a $550 leather jacket by Tripp’s Harley Davidson, and attendees will get to listen to a performance by Ray Wilson while munching on fares from several food vendors.