When we started picking names for the beers in our Craft Happiness IPA Project, we sought words that would accurately reflect the charitable needs and causes to which we hope we’d bring awareness. Ergo, we figured ‘Haven’ to be an appropriate name for a beer dedicated to animal rescue.
Apparently it’s just as appropriate for an actual rescued animal.
Haven the beer? Meet Haven the dog.
Haven (the dog) first came to our attention when we announced Haven (the beer) in our bi-monthly newsletter to our distributors.
The name caught the eye of Derek Allard – which makes sense, considering Derek and his girlfriend Courtney have a rescue dog.
What are the odds?
Derek is an off-premise sales rep for Mims, our biggest distributor, and invited us to stop by during a recent trip to Raleigh so Haven – could meet Haven.
A two-year-old Jack Russell mix, Haven’s lovable enthusiasm for meeting new people is typical – even if her response to a bottle of her namesake beer left a bit to be desired. Can’t eat it. Can’t chew on it. No thanks.
Her owners are animal lovers with a predictable soft spot when it comes to rescue pups. “I would adopt them all if I could,” says Courtney, echoing the sentiments of many a rescue dog owner. “We found her on a website, visited her in the shelter, and we were like ‘this is it, how can you not love her?'”
Derek spends his days immersed in craft beer (figuratively, anyway) and sees a lot of parallels in dog lovers and beer drinkers.
“It’s hard to go to a brewery or bottle shop and not see a lot of dogs,” he says. “It’s a good group of people, everyone’s nice to each other, I just think they kinda go hand in hand – dogs and beer.”
Quick note of irony: in 2015 we did an entire series of IPAs with dogs on the labels. Here we are two years later and dogs are still a part of our narrative. What would you expect from a brewery with a dog in the company bios?
Haven’s story has a happy ending. Sadly, those are not too common in the world of rescue animals. On average over twenty thousand animals enter our country’s shelters every day.
Of course we want to encourage you to adopt. But you don’t have to adopt to help. There are lots of ways to contribute – starting with items you can donate to help your local shelter.
You can also have a Haven IPA… and help us craft a little happiness in the lives of rescue animals.