Buy an Alaskan Ale, help a tail

Zeppoz, Alaskan Brewing partner for local humane society donation event



The Ales for Tails event will accept donations in the form of a canned food item or the purchase of an Alaskan pint.

MARCUS STEPHEN COX, Evergreen reporter

Alaskan Brewing is teaming with Zeppoz and Mr. Z’s Casino to host the second annual Alaskan Ales for Tails fundraising event. It will be held in the Zeppoz restaurant tonight from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

At Ales for Tails, patrons 21 and older can purchase a variety of Alaskan-brewed beers to help the Whitman County Humane Society. Event manager Bridget Hahn said each pint will cost $6.50, with Zeppoz donating a dollar of each sale to the society.

For patrons who would prefer not to drink but still want to contribute to the humane society, Alaskan Brewing will also be accepting donations of food and toys, said Taylor Dressen, on premise sales representative for eastern Washington and Idaho. Alaskan Brewing will match the contribution made by Zeppoz, but will not share in any of the profits gained.

Attendants can participate in a raffle contest throughout the evening, according to the Ales for Tails Facebook event page. They can enter the raffle by purchasing an Alaskan pint or by donating a can of pet food, Dressen said. The grand prize will be drawn at 9 p.m.

Dressen, who is a WSU alumna and former Zeppoz employee, advocated for an Ales for Tails event in Pullman, Hahn said.

“We started it to be able to kind of relate to the communities we live and work in,” Dressen said.

Acknowledging that Alaskan Brewing will never truly be a local brewery in Pullman, Dressen said Ales for Tails provides a great way of “incorporating an out-of-town brewery into a local community.”

Although the event is aimed at helping the Pullman community, it hasn’t necessarily been easy to spread awareness, Dressen said.

“The biggest challenge in any of this is just getting the word out about it and making sure people know about it,” Dressen said.

This doesn’t mean they haven’t found success in the past, having raised $3,000 last year for the local humane society.

Bridget Hahn thought hosting the event at a local business would be convenient for those interested.

“Knowing that something [is] as easy as coming to Zeppoz is really nice, especially for people who have that busy schedule,” she said.

When asked what the future holds for Ales for Tails, Dressen expressed interest in expanding the event in Pullman throughout the year.

“Last year in Pullman, we only put on one Ales for Tails event,” Dressen said, “so I think in the future we will probably try to do it at multiple locations just to try to raise a little bit more money.”

Echoing Dressen’s sentiments, Hahn added Zeppoz is keen on continuing their support of Ales for Tails. The new expansion at Zeppoz will allow them to accommodate larger events and support Ales for Tails in the future, she said.

“Obviously we like to sell beer,” Dressen said, “but at a certain point we are just trying to help out the communities that we love to work in.”