Despite the miserable weather, Peoples Natural Gas Field was quite the popular place on Saturday, even without the Curve playing.

Rather than showing up for an afternoon of baseball, over 2,500 local residents and 500 brewers, workers, and volunteers came out in support of our four legged friends through the local Central PA Humane Society’s Pints for Pets Brewfest. Since 2007, Pints for Pets, the region’s largest brewfest, has offered Altoona locals a chance to enjoy a high-energy day of food, fun, and drinking all while helping out a great cause. The event hosted craft beers from breweries in our area, around the United States, and all over the world.

Pints for Pets featured craft beers from 90 different breweries, totaling over 250 unique brews for all in attendance to sample. Some of the local breweries in attendance include Railroad City Brewing from Altoona, Coal County Brewery from Hollidaysburg, and Doc G’s Brewing Company of Dubois.

“The turnout was excellent,” said Rick Vanevenhoven, chairman of Pints for Pets. “This started as a conversation at the corner of the bar at Marzoni’s,” Vanevenhoven later added. That bar-side idea of ten years ago has since turned into a charity that has raised over half a million dollars for our local humane society.

Vanevenhoven said that while the number’s are not yet official, he estimates that Saturday’s 9th annual Pints for Pets Brewfest raised somewhere between $90,000-$100,000.

100% of ticket proceeds from the event will go directly to the Central PA Humane Society animal shelters where the funds will be used to take in and care for thousands of surrendered, abandoned, or stray pets from our area.

The date for 2017’s Pints for Pets will be announced sometime next month.