Ales for tails

Merrimack brewery hosts fundraiser

MERRIMACK – Beer and animal lovers can celebrate both at the Ales for Tails fundraiser, which will be hosted by the Anheuser-Busch brewery on March 26.

The event, featuring games, a brewery tour, swag and beer, will benefit the Humane Society for Greater Nashua.

“We have a good relationship with the brewery, and we have crafted something a little different,” Laurie Dufault, director of development for the Humane Society, said.

Dufault said Ales for Tails launched in March 2016 to replace a golf tournament that wasn’t “growing like we hoped.”

The inaugural event last year was a success, with 80 guests raising $4,800, she said.

“We are not looking to make this massive,” Dufault said, adding their goal is closer to 100 guests versus the thousands who turn up for their signature Wags to Whiskers event at Anheuser-Busch every fall.

Ales for Tails tickets are $50. The event features a 1 1/2 hour “Beermaster Tour” of the brewery, including a question-and-answer session with the Anheuser-Busch beermaster on the beer-making process. Tickets also include photo prints of the tour group, a photo opportunity with a Clydesdale and a barbecue spread from McNulty & Foley Caterers.

Remembering last year’s Ales for Tails, Dufault said her favorite part was relaxing after the tour.

“When everyone was done with the tour, we came back to the hospitality room, and it was really nice,” she said. “It’s casual and social, and there’s a lot of strong games going on.”

In 2016, attendees got into a competitive corn hole tournament and life-size Jenga game.

“It was very laid back,” Dufault said. “Everyone in the room has some kind of affinity for animals.”

There will also be a silent auction and raffle. Guests must be 21 or older.

“The only thing is people can’t bring their dogs. It would be nice, but it’s not feasible,” Dufault said, noting the brewery tour isn’t the best place for pets.

Dufault credited the brewery for hosting Ales for Tails.

“There are a lot of animal lovers over at the brewery,” she said.

The brewery also has a resident dalmatian living with the Clydesdale horses, she said.

The brewery expanded last year with its new Biergarten, and began to periodically host “Yappy Hour,” which allows patrons to bring their dogs to the Biergarten patio for a pint.

“They donated $1 for every beer sold during Yappy Hour,” Dufault said. “They are doing it again this spring,” Dufault said.

For more information about Ales for Tails or to buy a ticket, visit

The receipt for an online purchase will appear the same as a general donation receipt, but the ticket holder’s name will be added to the guest list for Ales for Tails.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Humane Society, 24 Ferry Road, Nashua, or by contacting Dufault at 889-2275, ext., 27, or

For more information about the

Humane Dociety, visit

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