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Dogs & Suds — A 'wiener' of a way to help Sarge’s May 16

By Paul Viau | May 15, 2013
Photo by: File photo ROLL OUT THE BARREL — Sarge's dog-eat-dog fundraiser is fun for the family. Who doesn't like hot dogs and (root) beer?

Oh how time flies. It seems like yesterday that I wrote about the first, and as I remarked at the time, “Hopefully Annual,” Dogs & Suds Fundraiser for Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation.

The photo I chose for that article caused quite a stir — Or should I say ruckus — because it showed tiny puppy dogs, not much larger than wieners, laying atop buns that were clearly — never meant to be used to consume them.

Sure, there was mustard, ketchup, kraut and relish in the background of the photo, but that doesn’t mean I “relish” the idea of chowing down on puppies — even though a couple months earlier I had been bitten by a dog in the Ingles parking lot.

Gratefully, I can report that (1) my shoulder has healed, (2) no dogs were harmed in the making of that photo, and (3) lucky for all of us, those “wiener dogs” have grown up and they’re throwing another party for Sarge’s.

I don’t know the actual names of the two dogs’ pictured, but for the sake of discussion, let’s call them Hiney and Fritz.

Did you know? — It’s quite a coincidence, but both my wife and I had dachshunds when we were children. I had a black and brown “Fritz,” and my wife had a mostly black “Hiney.” (LOL)

Carol couldn’t quite remember how the family spelled her Hiney’s name, but she thought it was “H-E-I-N-E.”

According to the Urban Dictionary, that spelling is slang for “a person who is obsessed with someone or something.”

The other possible spelling, “Heine” is a nickname for a popular German beer.

Oh lookie, we’re back discussing one of my favorite subjects — beer.

Coincidentally, the “Suds” of Sarge’s upcoming event refers to beer, but not just any beer, but your choice of fine craft beer (complete with alcohol) and fresh brewed root beer for the young and young at heart.

The second annual “Dogs & Suds” will take place at Frog Level Brewing Company, Waynesville’s first craft brewery. (Same great venue as last year.)  And the once-a-marine, always-a-marine proprietor, Clark Williams (who answers to the nickname, “Dawg”) will be behind the bar. Are the stars in alignment, or what?

By the time you read this, you’ll have to act quickly to get advance tickets, but they are available at Sarge’s Adoption Center and Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery in Waynesville, and Mountain Dreams Realty in Maggie Valley. Advance tickets are $20. Tickets at the door will be $25. Buy now, and you save enough to get another beer.

Every ticket purchased enters you into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Chef’s Table.

Better yet, every ticket entitles you to one 16 oz. craft beer, hot dogs, chips and a special dessert. (More about the dessert later.)

The hot dogs are provided by Blueridge BBQ Company — your choice of (you guessed it.) “Choice” 100 percent beef franks or smoked sausage. I’m going to chip in on the chips. And the special dessert is a selection of cookies courtesy of Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery.

I’ve been eating these cookies for years, and my dental hygienist will tell you — I have absolutely no tarter build-up.

Oh yes, Haywood County TDA is providing paper goods and utensils.

All this excitement will take place starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Frog Level Brewing Company, 56 Commerce St., in Waynesville. Music will be provided by The Celtic Knot.

I think that “ties up” all the details.

I’ll see you at Dogs & Suds. Tell me you like my column, and I’ll buy you a beer (Just kidding — I can’t afford two beers.)

Comments (1)
Posted by: Linda Sexton | May 15, 2013 08:19

Love it, Paul!  It should be a very fun evening for a great cause.  I am commenting anyway just in case you change your mind about the beer!

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