The seventh annual Art and Ale beer tasting returns March 14 to the Akron Art Museum. The event, set for 6 to 9 p.m. and held in the museum's large lobby, includes Hoppin' Frog, Fat Head's, Thirsty Dog, Elevator, Main Street, Actual and Jackie O's.
It's the first appearance for Actual, Jackie O's and Fat Head's. Actual's visit is a special treat for local beer drinkers because the Columbus brewery isn't normally available in the area.
Crafted Artisan Meadery and beer distributor House of LaRose, which handles such craft brands as Goose Island, also will attend. The museum is still accepting breweries so the event may grow.
Beer drinkers also will be able to sample a cask version of Multiplicity Belgian Pale Ale, a beer made by Thirsty Dog and sold exclusively at the museum.
The beers will be paired with food from The Pierogi Lady, Lucky Penny Creamery, Mayfield Road Creamery, Old Carolina Barbecue, Frankly Frank's Kettle Corn, Pure DeLite Guilt-Free Cupcakery and Label Peelers Beer & Wine Making Supplies. There also will be an opportunity to win beer-making supplies and breweriana.
The galleries will be open for the first hour of the event.
As it has in the past, Art and Ale will feature an informal judged beer competition. Elevator's Big Vic was named Best of Show last year. And Elevator was named Best Brewery two years ago. (I am serving as one of the judges, just like last year.)
Tickets are $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers. All tickets purchased at the door are $50. For more details, click here.