pints for paws

In its 6th year, Bernie Little Distributors’ Pints for Paws Lakeland Beer Fest is bringing a beer experience to the community that benefits our furry friends on January 18. 


Pet parent to one dog and three cats, Event Coordinator and On Premise Sales Manager for Bernie Little Distributors Stephanie Eck had the idea for a beer fest years ago.  Stephanie says, “I wanted to do something that included the Humane Society because myself and all of the ownership including our president (at Bernie Little) are huge animal lovers.”


Held annually at the RP Funding Center for the first few years, Pints for Paws moved locations to the Lake Mirror Promenade for their January 2018 event and it will be held there again in 2019. 


Proceeds of the event go to benefit the Humane Society of Polk County raising over $31K for the nonprofit earlier this year. The goal is to not only raise as much money as possible for Polk County’s pets but also to give beer fest-goers a “bigger and better experience” every time. “We want them to see something new, see something different making them want to come back year after year,” said Stephanie. 


Stephanie admits that it takes a lot of funds to bring cool new and unique things to the event, but says it is made possible by donations from Bernie Little Distributors, Anheuser-Busch and their event sponsors. 


This year promises quite the party with over 100 different beers to try and two stages with live music. At one end of the event, Ken Apperson will be playing the acoustic guitar, and at the other, Bud Light is throwing a 90s themed party with 90s cover songs performed by Actual Bank Robbers. 

Fan favorites like the Budweiser Speakeasy will be returning along with the Breckenridge Ice Room. Breckenridge is bringing a new-to-market nitro Irish stout which Stephanie says is a must-try.


Also joining the party this year is Spiked Seltzer. With a mermaid on their logo, it only makes sense to have an 18,000-lbs tank with mermaids swimming in it. 


Tickets for this 21 and over event are $45 for general admission and $25 for Designated Drivers. General admission tickets come with a free souvenir pilsner sample glass, interactive beer stations, food trucks with food for purchase, and live music and entertainment. 


Production company Bay Stage Live will also be on site to put on a huge light display.


“It’s definitely a unique event like no other in Polk County,” says Stephanie.


Mermaids, beer, puppies, beer, light display, beer, food trucks, oh and beer – what more could you ask for? 


Leashed pets are welcome, and if you’d like to add to your family, The Humane Society will be there with animals available for adoption.  


Check out their Facebook page, Pints for Paws Lakeland Beer Fest 2019, for a chance to win one of their many giveaways leading up to the event!


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