7K Society will host Barks and Brews, a cocktail social for dogs and humans at the Montage Deer Valley on July 30. The free event coincides with Montage
7K Society will host Barks and Brews, a cocktail social for dogs and humans at the Montage Deer Valley on July 30. The free event coincides with Montage Deer Valley's canine ambassador Monty, a Burmese Mountain dog. (Courtesy Montage Deer Valley)
Imagine a cocktail party for people and dogs.

That's what the 7K Society's Barks and Brews will be like at Montage Deer Valley on Wednesday, July 30, said Dan Howard, public relations director for Montage Deer Valley.

"It's like an after-work social hour," Howard said during an interview with The Park Record. "We are encouraging people to come up with their canine best pals and share the time together."

The event will run from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and is free to attend.

7K Society is a casual, fun organization that address networking needs on a social and business level for all the dynamic professionals in Park City, according to Hilary Reiter, president of Redhead Marketing, who is organizing the event.

"7K Society really doesn't have a membership roster and there is no fee to join," she said. "There is no structure or educational component to it, but we host monthly socials at different venues for people to connect."

These gatherings, which are always held on a weekday evening, are like informal cocktail parties.

"We hold them in different venues in Park City to maintain a high interest in what we're doing, and that allows the events to grow," Reiter said.

Past gatherings have been held at the Montage Deer Valley, the Boneyard, Butchers Chophouse and Bar, the Lespri and Rock and Reilly's.

"The venues have been great," she said. "They provide complimentary hors d'oeuvres, and open up a cash bar.


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The Montage event will also feature live music, prizes and various activities on the lawn adjacent to the APEX restaurant.

"We will do some give-aways that will be great things that will invite some of the participants to return to Montage in the future," Howard said. "We will give away a round of bowling at Daly's Pub, day passes to Spa Montage and honey from Buzz Coffee and Tea that is made from our resident bees. These things showcase some of the things that people can do when they spend time at Montage."

Wednesday's gathering will feature Kobe Beef and vegan hot dogs for humans and complimentary treats and other amenities for the pups.

"We will give away tennis balls and bacon-flavored water," Howard said with a laugh.

Barks and Brews is similar to other events the Montage in Laguna Beach, California, hosts, according to Howard.

"We call them Yappy Hours," he said. "The one here starts at 5:30 p.m., so we hope people get off work, go home, get their dogs and come up."

Reiter approached Howard and the Montage Deer Valley team after she attended a Yappy Hour last spring.

"I was blown away at how fun it was," she said. "More than 300 people and their dogs attended, and I wanted to take this great idea and bring it back to Park City."

Barks and Brews happens to coincide with Montage Deer Valley's canine ambassador Monty's birthday.

Monty is a Burmese Mountain Dog who will turn 4 years old on July 30.

"He was born the year we opened Montage Deer Valley," Howard said.

In addition to Monty, the Montage's second Burmese Mountain Dog, Jonas, will be in attendance.

"Jonas helps with Monty's busy schedule and makes appearances where Monty can't," Howard said.

The 7K Society will host Barks and Brews at the Montage Deer Valley, 9100 Marsac Ave., on Wednesday, July 30, from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the 7K Society page at www.facebook.com or email 7Ksociety@gmail.com .