The Brig is a new (almost 1 year old) beer garden in Capitol Hill. Thanks to Cherie, we were able to visit and get involved with one of their many dog-centric events, Yappy Hour! Yappy Hour part of Rural Dog Rescue, which was founded in 2011 by the owner of Howl To The Chief, which is a staple in Capitol Hill. It brings together beer, pups, and pet adoption. The Rural Dog Rescue team brought a gaggle of pups with them to the happy hour to meet with people.
The Brig is a great place to have a Yappy Hour because it is outside, lots of seating, and already very dog-friendly. In addition to the potential adoptive dogs, there were also quite a lot of forever-home dogs with their owners enjoying the sunshine and brews.
One thing that stood out to me about The Brig (besides the two giant, cool lions) is the seating options. At your typical beer garden (Dacha, Sauf, etc) the main form of seating are long picnic tables. Now, this may sound weird to focus on seating…but, I like options! They had, of course, lots of the classic picnic tables, but they also had bar seating and a couple of cute rocking benches and seats.
There menu (both food and drink) is very simple, but not in a bad way. It doesn’t try to confuse you and gives you staples of a regular bar, as well as some popular German beer varieties. Their food menu has all the beer garden musts like – pretzels and burgers! They also have cider and a wine selection which, as a tepid beer-drinker, makes The Brig all the much more enjoyable.
Okay – back to the puppies! One thing I really liked was that even if you’re not looking to adopt that night, you can get to know the dogs’ personalities as well as the people behind the adoptions. I also enjoyed hearing from the various foster-pet parents about the fostering expereince and what fostering an animal entails.
Overall, it was a wonderful expereince both to get to try out a new bar, support a wonderful cause, and play with puppies. What more could you ask for on a Thursday evening?