Written by Bella – Fetching Lab CEO
I’ve got so much to tell you and I’m so excited that I don’t know if my tail will stop wagging long enough for me to sit, stay, and type (but let’s give it a shot).
First, we are so excited to be back in the market on the shelves and tap walls around the city! Thank you again for all of your support and making our little brewery part of the greater Houston Beer culture! And speaking of beer culture, how about those Astros?! World Champions! My only question is, “Why do they have people chasing foul balls hit inside the park?” Not that I’m looking to step down as CEO of a brewery, but that sounds like a perfect job for a dog like me.
Dogs are good for all kinds of jobs, and some jobs are worthy of Meritorious Service; which is our next BIG announcement. While we hope that you’ll come out and join us at the brewery every Saturday, mark your calendars for this Saturday, November 11th when we honor a German Shepard named Bety and her handler, Melissa in a salute to veterans. Bety is a distinguished patrol, explosive detection dog who served our country from September 6th, 2011 to June 1, 2017. During that time she supported Operation Enduring Freedom and dedicated over 200 hours to successfully completing 534 explosive sweeps for the United States Secret Service and Department of State. Over 2,500 random antiterrorism enforcement, security, and integrated defense missions were executed by Bety, in support of United States Strategic Command Objectives. All of this earned her the distinctive accomplishments of “Military Working Dog”.
Brett and Theresa spoke with Melissa about coming out to the brewery to meet all of you, so I took a moment to speak with Bety and find out a little bit more about what makes her “tick” (pun – she’s a bomb sweeping dog!)
Me: Bety, on behalf of man and canine, thank you for your service.
Bety: You’re welcome. It was my pleasure. My handlers were great and serving our country was an honor.
Me: So are you still working or are you retired?
Bety: I relax all the time. I love the couch and car rides…
Me: I KNOW! Aren’t car rides GREAT!
Bety: Yeah. And if you ever get a chance to ride in a Humvee I highly recommend it.
Me: SWEET! So you like relaxation and car rides. Have you ever gone anywhere exotic?
Bety: You mean besides Afghanistan?
Me: Is Afghanistan exotic? I wouldn’t know. It’s all foreign to me (get it?).
Bety: You’re pretty funny. Is that why everyone likes to hang out at your brewery?
Me: Well, I like to think so, but I’m guessing my jokes and cranberry juice wouldn’t draw much of a crowd, so I have to give the beer some of the credit.
Me: Hey, it looks like we’re going to be seeing you on Saturday the 11th; do you have anything you want to share with our fans?
Bety: Yes. I understand you’re working with The HIKE for Mental Health folks to raise funds to support our veterans suffering with PTSD.
Me: We are! HIKE for Mental Health and Pearland Parks will be hosting the event and we’re supporting them by collecting donations and the Brewery will be donating a dollar from every beer we sell to this worthy cause.
Bety: That’s awesome. So if you can’t get out there for the walk, come see me and Melissa next Saturday and please consider a donation to support our troops.
Alright you guys. You heard Bety; get out to the brewery! We are so excited to have Bety and Melissa here tomorrow:
• We’re open from 1-5pm.
• We’ll have a food truck: Greedy’s
• There’s live music with local favorite Chris Hardy
• $1 for every beer will be donated to support Veterans
• We have brand new growlers as part of our growler adoption program (take one home… or two!)
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
Our seasonal Midnight Watch Porter is pouring nicely in fine beer establishments all over the city, and we’re going to be unveiling a new “at the brewery only” beer. “Challenge Accepted” is our new Challenger Hop SMATH beer. I’m so excited (oh look, there goes my tail again)! I will have to tell you more about my SMATH program later.
Honoring troops (two and four legs), adopting growlers, new beers… get to the brewery! And bring your friends (canine and human) because we all love a car ride to the brewery.