The other day I was taking a look back at this past year at what GrassLands has become. It's amazing how fast a year can fly by when you're not really paying attention. Our one-year anniversary completely went under the radar in March - just too busy to stop and appreciate the roses, I suppose. Anyways, in the look back, I'm reminded of why I wanted to get into this business in the first place: A) to make
good great and unique beer and have fun doing it, and B) to provide an added benefit to those that can't help themselves - animals. Animals will always have a permanent place in GrassLands' heart. From local animals housed in shelters to wild animals abroad that suffer from habitat loss, poaching, and abuse, GrassLands is paying attention and is doing and will always do what it can to make a difference.
Enter Pints for Paws. If you've been following along for the past year, you may have noticed that Pints for Paws is a pretty big thing in my life. Essentially, my brew club sponsors two annual events each year - the primary and most popular one being Pints for Paws. It's a beer-tasting event where you sample (sometimes) up to 330 gallons of homebrewed beer! Your entry fee is a donation and all proceeds are given directly to the Animal Shelter Foundation - an organization designed to directly support the homeless animals in the care of the Tallahassee Animal Shelter. In two years our club has raised just under $20,000 for our furry friends...and this year we hope to do even better.
As it stands, I'll be serving alongside my longtime buddy Paul and a relatively new but extremely active brewing partner Tyler, of Broken Cog Ales. All together, we'll be serving eight individual batches of beer - all happily named after our own
furbies fur babies. Eight beers - that's mind boggling when you think about it. 40 gallons between three guys? Well, we're happy to do it, and happy for you to consume it. Truth is, if we had more capacity, we'd do more for sure. This is that important an event to us. Also, since this is GrassLands' 4th overall event, we decided to put a few tricks up our sleeves with regard to presentation. You'll see! Anyways, if you happen to be one of the lucky thousand(s) of people going to Pints for Paws on June 2nd, let me know you're a GrassLands reader and I'll clue you into a "special" presentation me, Tyler & Paul will be giving. You won't want to miss out!
So with all that said, I can't emphasize how much an impact this event makes on the lives of shelter-donated animals. From general health-care to upgrades in facilities and equipment, your donations really make a difference in local animals' lives - which is what GrassLands is all about. As an added bonus, visit the blog page on Pints for Paws' website to see what brewers are bringing. We really hope to see you there!
So what else is going on? GrassLands is continuing to compete in multiple regional competitions - including the Dunedin Brewery's Homebrewer IPA Throwdown II - one we're really excited about. I mentioned briefly a couple of posts ago about the recent club brew GrassLands hosted where we brewed our first Imperial IPA (since our first imperial IPA - now referred to as The Brew That Will Not be Named) - lovingly dubbed via inside joke the Hylidae Imperial IPA (if you're coming to Pints for Paws, I'll give you the heads up as to why its name was (temporarily) changed from Fiery Plains IIPA to Hylidae IIPA). As an added bonus, the winner of best in show for the IPA Throwdown will have their own recipe brewed by Dunedin Brewery! That'd be quite an honor! I don't necessarily think Hylidae is up to that level just yet (even though it tastes freakin' amazing right now), but I can't imagine how I'd react if things turned out that way.
So next week we'll reincarnate the annual brewing of Red Panda Rye! Keep up as we go through this (now) weekly adventure!