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New Orleans on Tap Beer Festival

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  We can't always bring our pets out with us for a night on the town. But at a beer festival this weekend, we can at least hoist a few cold ones in their honor and for their benefit.

  The annual New Orleans on Tap Beer Festival is in City Park from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. The festival is organized by the local Bulldog taverns (www.draftfreak.com) and the Louisiana SPCA, which is its beneficiary, and is sponsored by Abita Brewing Company. The outdoor event features some 200 beers, which range from global brands to local offerings from up-and-coming microbreweries.

  Admission is free and guests pay as they go, buying tickets for samples of the various beers. Local bands perform, and local restaurants selling food include the Velvet Cactus, the Crescent Pie & Sausage Co., Crepes a la Cart and, naturally, Dat Dog. For details, visit www.neworleansontap.org.

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