Cheers to helping sheltered animals

A new beer from a local brewery will help sheltered animals find new homes.

Dock Street Brewery at 2118 Washington Ave. is teaming up with the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society on a new flavorful hazy IPA called “Dock Street Found Friends.” It’s a 6.5% ABV with 65 IBU and hopped with Idaho 7 and Motueka. 

Each four-pack sold will benefit four-legged friends in the form of a $1 donation for each sale. It will support PAWS’ mission of making Philadelphia a no-kill city for local pets.

Dock Street Brewery has been a proud PAWS partner since 2019, when Lauren Hanak joined PAWS’ staff and brought her husband and Dock Street’s head brewer, Mark Russell, into the fold. The two have fostered over 50 PAWS cats and kittens and are excited to combine their two passions: beer and ending pet homelessness.

Dock Street Brewing, which was established in 1985 as the city’s first craft brewing company, has supported countless PAWS initiatives, benefiting Philadelphia’s pets in need and the people who love them.

“My very first cat, in college, was called Maggie, named after that Bob Dylan song ‘Maggie’s Farm,’ ” said Rosemarie Certo, owner and founder of Dock Street Brewing. “In her memory, I want to say that all animals matter and deserve a loving home and great care. We’re honored to work with PAWS to bring awareness and to show how happy and complete ‘Dock Street Found Friends’ can make us.”

One particular pup is already enjoying the spotlight. PAWS rescued 2-month-old Lilith from the city shelter after she was brought in as a stray. She’s been put to work, teaming up with Dock Street’s brewery to ensure that the new brew would be the tastiest lifesaving beer on the market. The money raised through sales will enable PAWS to rescue Philadelphia’s most vulnerable pets, providing medical care, foster care and other care while working to find them loving homes.

A canning day was held on May 2 as local pets from Dock Street and PAWS were featured on the labels of the fresh new beer. On May 4, Dock Street Brewery South will host a launch party where beer drinkers can bring their dogs and try Dock Street Found Friends. The launch party will feature a raffle for cans of Dock Street Found Friends with Dock Street and PAWS merchandise, information on how to get involved with PAWS and a brewery tour with head brewer and PAWS foster Mark Russell. Dog treats made from Dock Street Found Friends spent grain will be available for the pups.

“PAWS’ partnership with Dock Street Brewery is a wonderful example of how communities become stronger when businesses support organizations that touch their hearts,” said Melissa Levy, executive director of PAWS. “Simply put, Dock Street’s generosity saves animals who are depending on all of us to come together. We couldn’t be more grateful for them, and the release of Dock Street Found Friends is a truly exciting and proud moment.”