Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 25, 2013

'Tails & Ales' for the animals at Nevins Farm

The Andover Townsman

---- — “Tails & Ales,” a fundraiser for the animals, will take place Saturday, July 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. under tents at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen.

Sponsored by Shawsheen Village Liquors and Whole Foods Market, both in Andover, the event will feature samples of about three dozen beers from 10 breweries, including Berkshire Brewing Company, Beer Works, Clown Shoes and Baxter Brewing. The California-based Lagunitas Brewing Company, known for its love of dogs and featuring a bulldog as its mascot, will also participate.

Guests will be able to meet many of the adoptable animals at Nevins. Whole Foods Market will be providing locally sourced appetizers in association with its local vendors, including Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods, Mitchell’s Fresh and Cabot Creamery. Raffles for items ranging from logo T-shirts to home brewing systems are also planned.

Hosts Sheri and Michael Helman, who own Shawsheen Village Liquors, have been holding their annual “Hair of the Dog” wine tasting and art show for several years to benefit Nevins Farm, where they adopted their dog, Jake, more than 14 years ago. The event has raised more than $100,000 over nine years.

The couple said they decided to introduce the “Tails & Ales” event because craft beer has increasingly become a larger part of “Hair of the Dog” as popularity for the product has soared.

“We love making a difference in the lives of animals,” Sheri Helman said in a release. “I’m often up at the farm dropping off items such as old towels and blankets for the animals and am amazed at the work they do to help a whole menagerie of animals.”

All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the animals and programs of Nevins. Additionally, Shawsheen Village Liquors will also donate 10 percent of all beer orders. And, Clown Shoes Beer has pledged to contribute $6 for every case of its beer sold at Shawsheen Village Liquors in July to the cause.

One of three Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals facilities in the state, Nevins Farm runs an adoption service for animals of all sizes, from kittens and rabbits to dogs and horses. Each year, the open admission center assists more than 7,000 animals, regardless of health, breed, behavior or age, Heather Robertson, community outreach coordinator at Nevins Farm, said in the release.

Nevins Farm also provides low-cost spay and neuter services, vaccination clinics, dog training and foster care for small animals as well as equines in addition to numerous other services.

Tickets to “Tails & Ales” are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. They are available at Shawsheen Village Liquors, 4 Poor St., Andover; Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen; and online at For more information, call Nevins Farm at 978-687-7453, ext. 6118, or Shawsheen Village Liquors at 978-475-3636.