Don’t you feel a little older when an annual event you remember like it happened yesterday rolls around again? The odd part about it, as the seasons roll past, is not the number of yearly events you recall, but the speed at which the cycle comes around to begin again. Time does fly, at about Mach 5.

The happening in question this time is one of the most fun Portland has to offer to animal lovers: the beer-and-dogs festival Ales for Tails. Last year’s Ales for Tails sold out in advance, and the 2017 event happens on Saturday, September 30 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Thompson’s Point. Tickets are on sale for $30 at https://arlgp.org/save-date-ales-tails/. Just click on “Get Your Tickets Now” in the event description on the site of the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, the org that will benefit from Ales for Tales. They will use the proceeds to keep over 4,000 animals a year safe and happy.

Now, as to the benefits attendees will receive, they are legion. Not only will your of-age bracelet get you samples of brews from beer purveyors like Allagash, Banded Horn, and Fore River, to name only a few, but Blake and Eva from the Coast 93.1 FM will be spinning tunes to keep everyone going, a plethora of food trucks including Urban Sugar, Cannoli Joe’s and Farm to Coast will create satisfied bellies, and get this, the folks from the Congress Street Starbucks have even concocted a creamy treat called a Puppacino so the canines can have a beverage too.

Experience all that and more with your furry family friend, but act fast. Not only will Ales for Tails sell out, but even if it doesn’t, tickets purchased at the gate are $50 apiece. Also, primary sponsor Idexx recommends using public transportation or app-based rideshare like Uber or Lyft, as parking is an extra $5 per car and spaces are limited at the Point.

Dog lovers, have a great time, rain or shine.

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