The 11th annual Art & Ale beer tasting returns March 9 to the Akron Art Museum.

Tickets went on sale this week. (Jan. 29)

The event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and is held in the atrium, features craft beer along with locally prepared food. It serves as a fundraiser for the museum. About 450 people attended last year.

“Art & Ale is always one of our best parties,” senior event manager Colleen Iacianci said in a prepared statement. “It’s a fun evening in the unique environment of the museum with delicious beverages, great food and time with friends. It’s a perfect prelude to spring, and people are always in a festive mood.”

The following breweries are set to participate and more will be announced: HiHo, Royal Docks, Jackie O’s, Hoppin’ Frog, Fat Head’s, Mad Tree, Urban Artifact, Mucky Duck, Rhinegeist and Elevator Brewing. Mead-maker Crafted Artisan also will be there.

Acme Fresh Market Catering and others will provide food.

The event also includes a people’s choice award for favorite beer and a competition judged by Acme beer buyer Jon Albrecht, beer writer Marc Bona and myself. Fat Head’s Hop JuJu took home the curator’s choice award last year, while R. Shea Orange Mango Citra Shandy won the people’s choice award.

The museum galleries will be open for the first two hours of Art & Ale.

Tickets are $50 or $35 for museum members.

For more details or to buy tickets, click here.