MANILA -- “Drink beer. Save animals.”
Who could resist the call of non-profit organization PETA’s recently held craft beer tasting to benefit stray cats and dogs?
Dubbed “Pints for Pups,” the joint collaboration between PETA and Spektral Beer Lounge aimed to raise funds for surgeries under PETA’s “Kapon, Ligation Immediately Please” (KLIP) spay/neuter program. Proceeds will also aid their vaccination and other veterinary services for cats and dogs in indigent communities
“Kapon and ligation are the most important actions that we can take to save cats and dogs from the suffering and death caused by overpopulation. At Pints for Pups, you could enjoy a beer while helping PETA prevent thousands of animals from being born only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets,” said Ashely Fruno, PETA Asia's director of animal assistance programs.
With tickets priced at P1,100, guests could drink up to six craft beer samplers (100 ml), three specials (250 ml) or 2 pints (450 ml) from 20 available craft beer variants on tap.
Spektral Beer Lounge, located at The Beacon in Makati, serves a wide spectrum of craft beer from a community of local craft beer brewers, homebrewers, nano and micro breweries in the Philippines.
On tap at the event were Banayad Weissbier from Ed & Son based in Batangas, Singlespeed Stout and Big Poppa’s Imperial Saison from Cebu’s Turning Wheels Brewery, Guimaras Gose from The Cebruery (also based in Cebu), Kapi Coffee Stout from Cerveza Sagada and Sultan Coffee Stout from Fat Pauly’s of Iligan, to name a few.
In keeping with PETA’s cruelty-free lifestyle, guests also got to enjoy unique vegan appetizers.
The craft beer samplers were paired with pulutan like Chichashroom and Seacharon (no MSG, gluten-free, vegan-friendly snacks) made from mushrooms and seaweed from Vegetari Healthy Bites, and spicy vinegar-flavor Oishi Marty’s Cracklin chips.
Greenery Kitchen, a vegan-vegetarian food delivery and catering services company, passed around its version of isaw and BBQ skewers that smelled and almost tasted like the real thing.
In a Nutshell, a shop that makes gourmet cheeses from entirely vegan, plant-based ingredients (available for pick-up or delivery within Metro Manila), served appetizing cheddar platters.
According to Fruno, the event raised about P40,000 from ticket sales alone, excluding part of the proceeds from the bar.
Since they started, PETA has spayed or neutered and vaccinated over 500 cats and dogs living in impoverished neighborhoods of Metro Manila.