[New Orleans, LA] — Rarely does a day pass that I don’t utter the statement “Beer is Good,” with all the profundity one can summon for such a pronouncement. Normally, this proclamation occurs sometime around the hour of 6:00 pm, after I’ve popped the top of an IPA or similarly-flavorful brew and taken my first appreciative sip. The recipient of this sagacious statement is almost always my wife, who usually humors me by smiling or at least rolling her eyes (not being a beer drinker, she doesn’t really seem to share my enthusiasm).

This weekend, I consented to vary my routine for a good cause. New Orleans on Tap is held at City Park (this year’s event was the second annual), and it’s a fundraiser for the Louisiana SPCA. Last year’s festival raised over $27,000 for the organization.

Because of the SPCA connection, it’s one of the most pet-friendly (and family-friendly) beerfests I’ve ever attended. Thousands of people and their pets mingled under the oak trees, enjoying live music and sampling over 200 beers (in the case of the pets, large dishes of liquid refreshment were placed on the ground throughout the festival site; I believe the pets were only able to sample tap water in these dishes as opposed to the vast array of beer available to adult human visitors — let’s face it, it sucks to be a dog at such times). Admission was free; you purchased tickets for beer — $20 got you 22 tickets and beer samples cost between 1 and 3 tickets, or you could get a full-size cup for around 5 or 6 tickets, depending on the brand.

A slobber for charity

The SPCA offered information and opportunities for pet adoption, and there was even a “Kissing Booth,” where for a donation, you could be slobbered upon by an extremely friendly Boxer.

Beer is good, and the SPCA is a good cause, so I knew I was performing a valuable public service here. Stay thirsty, my friends.


Louisiana SPCA: http://la-spca.org

New Orleans on Tap: http://neworleansontap.org

About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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  1. Leo

    October 7, 2011

    Beer and kisses, what more do you want my friend. lol. On a serious front, I feel SPCA is contributes a lot to the pet community. Annual vaccinations and micro-chipping are offered by SPCA and also we can take our pets for medical checkups to SPCA.
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  2. Anna

    October 6, 2011

    It looked like fun as I love dogs and beer as well :D!
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  3. John T

    October 4, 2011

    As an animal enthusiast, Two thumbs Up! for an event like this. Looking forward to more beer and dogs next year!
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  4. Louisiana SPCA

    October 3, 2011

    So glad you could make it out, what a great post! See you next year.

  5. Jay Green

    October 2, 2011

    My wife was not a beer drinker until I introduced her to Yuengling. In the past I have tried to celebrate special occasions by purchasing a special brand of beer only to be disappointed. I like Yuengling! I’m surprised you didn’t take the opportunity to quote Benjamin Franklin: “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
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  6. The Travel Fool

    October 2, 2011

    Beer and Dogs, Mans two best friends, looks like a good time was had by all.
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