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Pooches welcome at Pups and Pilsners beer festival.

Allison Sherry, Jenny Sullivan and Matt Seiler enjoy the Crystal City Taste of Wine and Jazz festival with their pups Laurel and Pilar on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Allison Sherry, Jenny Sullivan and Matt Seiler enjoy the Crystal City Taste of Wine and Jazz festival with their pups Laurel and Pilar on Sunday, Sept. 16. Photo by Montie Martin.

— Sunny skies and full bodied Spanish wine welcomed visitors to the Crystal City Taste of Wine and Jazz festival on Sunday, Sept. 16. The event drew crowds of up to 7,000 people, and organizers hope many will return for the next installment of Vintage Crystal.

With a pint in one hand and a leash in the other, craft beer and canine lovers are invited to attend the first dog-oriented beer festival to be held in Crystal City. Pups and Pilsners, set to run on Sunday, Sept. 23, promises to be a doggone good time.

“People love their dogs, and an event like this potentially attracts a new audience,” said Angela Fox, president and CEO of the Crystal City BID. “Apartment buildings in Crystal City are already pet friendly, so this event is an acknowledgment of that.”

Festivals in Crystal City draw crowds from across the Potomac, and expose many District and Maryland residents to Arlington’s attractions. “This is definitely helping to get D.C. people out, it’s good to get them across the river,” said Shireen Lackey, a Crystal City resident. “They know how to put on a festival.”

The allure of pups and craft beer did not escape Mike Fishburn, a Silver Spring resident, when he heard about the upcoming event at the Taste of Wine and Jazz. “I might have to find someone who owns a dog and rent it for a day,” said Fishburn. “I like Arlington, I think it’s pretty awesome.”

“I might have to find someone who owns a dog and rent it for a day.” — Mike Fishburn, Silver Spring resident

PUPS AND PILSNERS is slated to run from 2-6 p.m. at the entrance of Long Bridge Park in Crystal City. Activities include live music, craft beer samplings and plenty of pets for Fido. Adoption opportunities will also be available through Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

Participating brewers include local favorites Port City Brewery and DC Brau, as well as the well-known doggy brands from Baying Hound Ale Works, Flying Dog Brewery and Laughing Dog Brewery. Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, Estrella Damm, Legend Brewing Co. and Starr Hill will also be on tap.

“It’s an outdoor, dog-friendly, craft beer event,” said Jim Barker, president and founder of the Washington Wine Academy. “We have every expectation this will be an annual event that keeps getting bigger and better.”

Details

Pups and Pilsners, a bring-your-dog beer festival, will be held Sunday, Sept. 23 from 2-6 p.m. at the entrance of Long Bridge Park in Crystal City. Adoption opportunities will be available through the Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 day of the event. Visit washingtonwineacademy.org.