Santas and pugs invade Jeffersonville’s Flat 12 this weekend

Flat 12 celebrates Christmas on Saturday and pugs on Sunday.

If Santa Claus had a dog, we’re guessing it would be more like a husky or St. Bernard than a pug. But what do we know? Both santas and pugs will be in abundance this weekend at Jeffersonville’s Flat 12 Bierwerks as the brewery hosts “Christmas in July” on Saturday and “Pack the Pub with Pugs” on Sunday.

Beer aficionados are salivating for Saturday’s Christmas celebration, as it marks the bi-annual release of Pinko, a Russian Imperial Stout crafted by Flat 12. But the brewers have put a spin on the beer and will also release several different barrel-aged versions.

Pinko will be released on Saturday. | Courtesy of Flat 12

The all-day event includes an ugliest Christmas sweater contest, holiday festivities, photos with Santa and much more. And the $20 ticket fee includes a commemorative glass, three pours of the Pinko varieties and a free half-pint of whatever you’d like. You’ll also be able to buy Pinko bombers and six-packs of cans.

Take a look at some of the Flat 12 brewers’ concoctions:

  • Death Bear: Pinko aged in Four Roses Bourbon barrels
  • Solid Bold: Pinko aged in rum barrels with vanilla beans
  • Chocolate Orange Pinko: Pinko RIS aged on orange zest and cocoa nibs
  • Cinnamon Pinko: Pinko Russian Imperial Stout infused with cinnamon

“Christmas in July” runs from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, at Flat 12. Tickets are available online.

The following day, pugs will rule the roost for “Pack the Pub with Pugs,” a fundraiser for the Kentuckiana Pug Rescue (KPR). Organizers would like to invite anyone and everyone who owns those little, wrinkly mouth-breathing Chinese dogs to come on down to the brewery and bond with other like-minded dog owners.

KPR is a volunteer-based rescue organization that helps find homes for abandoned or surrendered pugs.

The event is part of Flat 12’s weekly “Dog Days of Summer” festivities, usually held every Sunday, that feature $4 house beers on the patio and a big beer garden for dogs to enjoy. Of course there will be cooling stations with doggy pools, since the temps will remain in the mid-90s all weekend.

“Pack the Pub” runs noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, and is free to attend for those 21 and over (not in dog years).