This Saturday (tomorrow) from 3pm-7:30pm, Lucky 13 and Fieldwork Brewing will be hosting a San Francisco Beer Week tap takeover, fundraiser and adoption festival for rescue dogs. Called "Lucky Dog Day Afternoon," it’ll be bar's fourth annual event with Rocket Dog Rescue.
The main organizers are Tiffany McFarland Olcese of Fieldwork and co-president of the Pink Boots Society Bay Area, and Martin Kraenkel of Lucky 13. Four years ago, McFarland Olcese, who at the time worked for Oregon-based Ninkasi Brewing, reached out to Kraenkel with her idea to partner up during Beer Week for the charitable event. “Martin runs two dog-friendly bars in the neighborhood and he’s such a huge help every year,” said McFarland Olcese. "He was, like, yeah, whatever you want to do. Let’s raise money!"
McFarland Olcese says the annual adoption fair is unique because it’s the only Beer Week event where you can bring your dog and try special-release beers. The idea is to “have a pint with your pooch,” said McFarland Olcese. "It’s a fun event because everyone comes out no matter what the weather is like to support the cause, and we also offer a lot of great beers."
One of the beers featured this year will be Fieldwork’s barrel-aged Good Conduct, which was released over Thanksgiving. It’s a bourbon barrel-aged maple Imperial Brown Ale, which Fieldwork pulled out of its library especially for the event. The barrel-aged Viking's Lament will be also released this weekend, and other beers on tap will include be Fieldwork’s Coconut Milk Double IPA, Tundra Triple IPA, Burning Daylight IPA, Sea Farmer IPA, Amarilloweisse, Nomadic IPA, and Torrential Double IPA.
"Fieldwork is such a huge dog-friendly brewery,” said McFarland Olcese, who now works at Fieldwork as the Western Territories Manager. "We always have dogs in and out of the facility all day long.” In fact, Fieldwork has crafted two beers that they’ve named after their dogs, including their Fetch Pale Ale, which was created to raise money for the Berkeley Humane Society.
Jenny Jones, 2014.
Lucky 13 is also known for being dog-friendly, so the marriage between the bar and Fieldwork is well-suited. "All our regulars bring their dogs in at any time and people always ask if they can bring their dogs in," said Kraenkel. "We get about five to ten dogs at a time in here on a regular day and at any given moment. And we have a huge bin of dog treats behind the bar—all the dogs know about it."
Kraenkel runs two dog-friendly bars; he’s the co-owner of Molotov’s and the bar manager at Lucky 13. “Last year, it was raining during the Rocket Dog Rescue event, but we still had a good turnout," he said. "Lucky 13 is a big bar, so it’s a good size for an event like this. There’s also the outside space. Molotov’s would probably be too small for this one,” he said. Kraenkel added that last year, was “really rainy” but they still had about 200 people come in throughout the day, and there were, of course, “a lot of dogs.” Rain is also in the forecast for this weekend.
On the sidewalk of Lucky 13, 2014.
Rocket Dog Rescue is a Bay Area-wide organization, but McFarland Olcese says a lot of the volunteers live in the Lower Haight, Castro, and Duboce Triangle. In 2014, the organization held a fundraiser in memory of a local dog named Tesla—who lived above Haight Street's SF Underground—in coordination with Tesla's owners, who wanted to give back in her honor. “It’s all very closely tied into the neighborhood,” she said.
As for Beer Week in general, McFarland Olcese notes that "sometimes it seems like there are so many events that it’s overwhelming for people to decide which ones to go to." But, she says, "it’s great to have an event like this where you can try these beers, but where there’s there so much more to it—you can help the community, adopt a dog, or just be able to bring your dog and not leave him or her at home while you’re out drinking beer.” Herself the owner of three Bernese Mountain Dogs, she added: “You can actually be a good doggie parent and enjoy yourself and enjoy your Beer Week by just bringing your dog in."
Lucky Dog Day Afternoon will take place at Lucky 13 (2140 Market St.) rain or shine, inside and out on the patio, so come prepared. All four-legged friends in attendance will receive doggie bandanas bearing Fieldwork, Lucky 13, and Rocket Dog Rescue logos. And who knows, you may end up going home with a newly-adopted friend.
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