As part of Cincinnati Beer Week, Flipdaddy’s Burgers & Beers in Union, KY is hosting a Pints for Paws event next Thursday, February 13th. For every pint of Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. Emancipator Dopplebock sold that day, they will be giving a $1 to the Boone County Animal Shelter. They will also be giving away pint glasses while supplies last. You may recall that Moerlein Emancipator won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival this past year.
This event was inspired by our cat Bock who we recently lost. We got Bock and his brother Porter about a year and a half ago and they’ve been a wonderful addition to our household. We forgot to get them any cat toys when we first got them so Tom threw out some Beer Savers for them to play with. Bock loved them! So much so he used to retrieve them like a dog. Every morning when we first got up, Carla would have to throw the Beer Saver so Bock could retrieve it. Over and over.
Unfortunately, Bock had heart disease. We didn’t know it until a blood clot suddenly blocked the flow to his back legs and he couldn’t move his hindquarters. We rushed him to the Hebron Animal Hospital, but there was nothing they could do. The staff there was so great during this horrible time, especially Dr. Hale and Tish. We missed Bock so much, but his brother Porter missed him even more.
We first learned about the Boone County Animal Shelter when they had a small fire back in December. We sent them a donation then and had already talked about becoming volunteers. We knew that our new cat had to come from there. The folks at the shelter helped us find the best match – a six-month-old tabby kitten we named Dunkel. He and Porter have bonded and we knew we wanted to help the shelter out for all of their hard work. The folks at Flipdaddy’s (especially Joshua Baughan) embraced the idea when I suggested it at a Cincinnati Beer Week meeting a couple of weeks ago. Through our work at Hoperatives, we’ve always known that beer people are good people and this is yet another example of it.
Please join us on the 13th and raise a glass of Emancipator in memory of Bock. We may be a bit misty eyed that night, but knowing that we’re helping the amazing work of the Boone County Animal Shelter makes things just a little bit better.
— Carla and Tom