Blog from the Dog #6

Written by Bella – Fetching Lab CEO

IMG_0411-1I’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 areBety 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.

Bety:  Probably.

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.

“Woof”

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Dog with a Blog #5

Written by Bella – Fetching Lab CCO

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You ever look at a dog and wonder what we’re thinking?  Well wonder no more!  Crack a beer and get comfortable because I’m going to let you inside the mind of a yellow Labrador retriever and the CCO (Chief Canine Officer) of a brewery.

 

 

First, a poem…

“Old mother Hubbard went to the fridge to get herself a beer

But when she got there, all the Fetching Lab was gone.

So she went to the store, to buy more.”

 

We Labs are smart, but I never said we could rhyme.  Not only does it sound better in its original language, but I’ve seen some of the things you humans write.  Let’s just say “you haven’t mastered the English language yet either.”  All these deep thoughts and expressions I put down on paper really have me pondering the happenings here at the brewery.  Forgive my self-indulgent look of deep introspect and self-reflection, but we dogs must have these moment in order to successfully run a brewery you know!

Speaking of business, you have probably noticed that there was a “season” when you couldn’t find our beers on the shelves of your favorite beer store or on tap at your favorite bar.  Well, those “dog days” are over!  We are back in production and beer is not only flowing at the brewery, but out of the brewery and to your favorite spot to drink (Watering-Bowl?).  So look for Fetching Lab and if you don’t see it, “bark” at your local beer buyer (ask nicely, and don’t bite).

Not only are our products back in town, but we now have Eric Andreas and Aaron Brown helping us get the job done!  That’s right.  I hired a couple of beer pros to help Theresa and Brett.  As it turns out, they not only know how to throw a tennis ball, but they know how to sell beer too.  Yup, these guys have upper management potential written all over them!

Besides hiring a couple more “human ball launchers” that know a thing or seven about beer (Get it… “Seven”… because in dog years, one is seven.  Get it?), our Growler Adoption program continues to bring happiness to lonely half gallon jugs of glass and to the people who take them home filled with Fetching Lab beer.  And, while we were fortunate to have not sustained any damage during the flood, not all of our brewing and beer drinking friends were as fortunate.  So, this Saturday when I am opening the brewery from 1-5PM, and will be donating $1.00 from every beer sold to help our community with the relief effort.  We’ll have Adolph’s BBQ, Bobby Territo will be playing music for us, AND we have a new beer!

Midnight Watch Porter is a 6.2% English Style Porter.  We’re experimenting with different varieties of this which will show up later down the road, but this is very dry, roasty, full-flavored, medium bodied, well-rounded porter.  Geez… I’m panting just thinking about it.  Come out to the brewery this Saturday and drink for a good cause with the Bay Area Mashtronauts homebrew club and Girls Pint Out.  Of course you can bring your four-legged friends, but the more two-legged friends you bring, the more we can help those who need it.

So as you can see, I’ve had a lot on my mind, but it’s all been great!  We’re selling beer all over Houston (check out the “Find Us” and “Events” tab on the web page), we have two new great humans, the brewery is open this Saturday, Growler Adoptions are up, we’re drinking for a cause this weekend, and we have Midnight Watch Porter.  Makes you wonder why they refer to “the dog days” as a negative thing?  Hmm.  I guess I have more pondering to do.  Keep drinking; I’ll be in my study.

 

“Woof”

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