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Pups and Pilsners Beer Festival To Return

Crystal City is set to open the taps and let the dogs out with the second installment of Pups and Pilsners, an all dog friendly beer event slated to run Sunday, Sept. 22.

The event is open to all canine companions and craft beer connoisseurs. Festivities include live music, adoption opportunities from Homeward Trails, as well as swath of dog-themed brews on tap. Sneaky Pete IPA, Laughing Dog IPA, Flying Dog Lager, and local favorite Port City are among many of the craft brews ready for sampling.

“This is a great way to showcase the area, people have burrowed dogs to come here,” said Angela Fox, president and CEO of the Crystal City BID. “It’s a wonderful way to spend a day.”

Leashes are mandatory for attendees accompanied by dogs, and the event is set to run rain or shine. The 2012 inaugural event drew crowds in the hundreds from across Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., and exposed many to the varied offerings of Arlington.

Arlington resident Kerry Fray noted the warm welcome he and his Greyhound friend Pete received at the 2012 event, as well as the turn around of Crystal City from solely a business hub to a dynamic neighborhood. “The BID has gone so far to improve a sense of community in Crystal City, it’s not just a zone of nebulous commercial interests,” said Fray. “Pete loves living in the city, he loves people, and people mean treats and beer.”

The Pups and Pilsners beer festival is set to run Sunday Sept. 22 from 2-6 p.m. at 1405 Crystal Drive. Tickets are $20 online, and $25 cash only day of the event. For more information visit: crystalcity.org.