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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Blog from the Dog #3

Written by Bella – Fetching Lab CEO

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Welcome to February, where you should be well on your way to breaking all those New Year resolutions. But as your loyal friend and Labrador in charge, I’d like to help you not be a statistic, and instead, be a success in the months to come.

“Commit to drinking more Fetching Lab beer in 2017 and you’ll succeed!”

Oberon and Buddy just told me that our lawyers forbid us from making such claims without a disclaimer; so here goes…

DISCLAIMER: “Results may vary.”

I don’t even know if it’s possible to sue a dog, even if I am the boss, but why take a chance. Regardless, I know how to get out of trouble. Just a couple weeks ago I destroyed one of the toys my humans bought me, and though Brett posted the video to show my shame, he couldn’t stay mad. Yeah, he has me eating treats out of his hand, But I’ve got him and Theresa wrapped around my paw. SCORE! Dogs: 1 – People: 0.

Regardless of the score, there is a reason that we dogs are “man’s best friend”. People and dogs go together, and as it turns out, beer and dogs go together as well. Now I’m not making any scientific claim here, because after all, I’m not a veterinarian, but have you ever noticed that people who like dogs are generally happier than people who don’t like dogs? And we’ve noticed that we have some of the nicest customers in the beer business, which means that people who drink good beer are generally happier as well. So in conclusion… make the resolution to be a happier person in 2017. Love dogs and enjoy good beer!

Part of a happy lifestyle is getting out to a brewery, where you’ll surround yourself with other happy people. Speaking of which, we’ve got a few things going on here in Alvin that you should check out.

Growler Adoption Program
Many 64oz companions have found homes, but many more are needed. We encourage you to consider giving a home to these wonderful containers, and remember to bring them back to the brewery where we will fill them up with your favorite beer for even more enjoyment. Growler Fills available at the brewery Tuesday through Friday from 4-7pm and this Saturday 1-5pm unless I say otherwise. Hey, a Lab has the right to change her mind and sometimes I need to go out and hang with the pack at other events. If I leave the brewery unsupervised, there is no telling what troubles the humans will get into. Have you seen the pic of Brett covered in beer? Just look at what I have to work with here!

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So check my web page, Facebook or call to verify our hours.

 

 

 

50 Shades of Blue
Not to be confused with a popular novel, this is a limited release blend of our fan-favorite Blue Mischief Blueberry Ale, and most recent release, Bound and Determined Chile Stout. This Blueberry Stout has all of us panting with our tongues out just waiting to taste it. Look for 50 Shades of Blue in our tap room and in finer bars everywhere because this one of a kind batch will be going quickly.

We’re Turning 14 on the 14th
This month marks the Brewery’s 14th Anniversary. (That would be the 2nd Anniversary in human years). I’ve got Buddy and Oberon working on this project. The official celebration will be on Saturday, February 11th from 1PM to 5PM. Follow us on Facebook or keep checking our website to learn more. Not to mention that our good friends at Skallywag Suds N’ Grub will be throwing us a pre-celebration on Today (Feb 9th) starting at 6.

With all this excitement my tail couldn’t stop wagging even if I wanted it to. Come out to the brewery this Saturday. If you have your growler already adopted, bring it along. Bring your dog too (we see you leave and have no idea when you’re coming back). And tell a friend to meet you there for a beer!

“Woof”

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After Bella hijacked my computer the other day (see her blog post for details), I decided it was time for us to have a little heart to snout talk about boundaries and respecting other people’s property and privacy (Really, I swear I was only on Victoria’s Secret to buy some perfume for Theresa.) Just because she has her own brewery, does not mean she can do whatever she wants. Over a pint of beer (or two) and a raw-hide bone we had a long chat over a number of topics. Turns out dogs are very well informed on world politics… who knew? Around midnight she confessed that given all of the success that she had with the brewery, she felt as if she should be doing more for those less fortunate in her life. She laid out her vision of a bold new initiative to raise awareness of an issue that she felt has been under-addressed (her word not mine) for some time. That of the growing number of homeless and neglected Growlers in our community. The other day she saw a whole pallet of them… just sitting there, all lonely and empty inside with nothing to give their lives purpose. After much back and forth… and back and forth…. And back and forth (it’s a dog thing) we are proud to announce the new Fetching Lab Growler Adoption Initiative.

Over the next few months we will be rolling out a number of new services such as Adopt a Growler Days, Lectures on how to care for and train your new Growler and maybe even some cool new Growler accessories to liven up and personalize your growler.

So over the next few weeks we will be working out Growler Fill hours in the evenings.  They may change from week to week as we find what works best for everyone.  So watch our schedule and come out to Fetching Lab Brewery we will be adopting out lonely Growlers.  We look forward to seeing you and thanks for assisting Bella in her Community outreach.

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Cheers!

Brett