Bourbon & Brews partners with Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue for outdoor event


Bourbon & Brews, a craft beer and bourbon bar on Merrick Avenue, has been giving back to the community since it opened its doors in August of 2019.

During the height of coronavirus pandemic, the bar — known for its food and atmosphere, and commitment to the community — hosted Fundraiser Saturdays, where 20 percent of the proceeds went on to benefit an organization in the area.

And since last year, it has also hosted charity comedy shows, with proceeds being donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“I think it’s important for anyone who’s in the position to give back to do so,” Bourbon & Brews’ owner, John Amaruso, said. “I owe it to the staff and the people around me.”

On Aug. 12, the eatery was charitable once again, but this time in a different way. It hosted an outdoor puppy adoption drive, with the rescue organization, Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue. 50 percent of all proceeds were donated to the rescue.

A foster-based animal rescue, with a P.O. Box in Ozone Park, Queens, Heavenly Angels is a registered nonprofit organization.

It takes in dogs who are evaluated, socialized and received training in their foster homes. All dogs that end up being adopted are spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations and microchipped.

Bourbon & Brews raised $700 for the rescue during the event, which included lots of pups hanging outside the restaurant. The event was cosponsored by Jones Beach Brewing Co.

For more on Bourbon & Brews, visit and for more on the rescue, and how to adopt or foster a dog, visit