Fourth-annual Paws for Rhythm and Brews

The fourth-annual Paws for Rhythm and Brews is Saturday, June 2, at the Idyllwild Nature Center.

The event has become the major fundraiser for Idyllwild’s Animal Rescue Friends, said ARF Director Janice Murasko. “It keeps the doors open.”

Again this year, ARF has attracted 16 breweries and one winery to pleasure and treat the palates of attendees. Among the returning and popular breweries are Garage Brewing of Temecula, La Quinta Brewing, Ritual Brewing of Redlands and Oceanside’s Belching Beaver Brewery.

The music will be familiar to regular patrons. Super 300 Swing Loaded Blues Band is returning for the fourth year.

The Kids’ Zone is expanding this year with more activities, Murasko promised. And the Art Alliance of Idyllwild will offer assistance entertaining the kids while adults sample some of the libations.

There will be contests such as the stein-holding event and home-brewing demonstrations. ARF, in cooperation with the Coachella Valley Homebrew Club, sponsors a home-brewing competition. Entries close May 25 and winners are announced at the Paws for Rhythm and Brews June 2. Living Free may bring some canines, who will be available for adoption, Murasko said.

Tickets went on sale Monday, April 23. This includes the 30 VIP tickets that include a personal concierge during the event.

Regular tickets are $31 online ( and $35 at the gate on June 2. There are also tickets for those older than age 12, who are non-drinkers, for $5. Tickets may also be bought locally at Mountain Paws, Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery, Idyllwild Bake Shop and Brew and the ARF House.