2011 Art of Beer Poster

The 2011 Art of Beer Poster created by Keith Curtachio and Lucas Miller

Like the foam in an ice cold glass of brew, the Art of Beer celebration Friday is expected to be very satisfying to beer lovers and aficionados.

“It’s going to be a beer lover’s paradise,” said Bob Drozdowski, director of operations at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center and co-chairman of the event, which has grown every year since its inauguration five years ago.

“The neat thing I hear constantly from people is that there is a very good cross section of people that come, both young and old,” said Drozdowski. “We get a lot of the beer aficionados, and we actually even have dump buckets like there are at wine tastings for those who like to swirl and spit.”

The event, which has attracted about 800 people when the weather cooperates, is a fundraiser to support the NACC has grown into a regional event that draws people from throughout Western New York. “It’s now gotten to the point where we have people calling us asking when is The Art of Beer is,” he said.

The event, which is being held at 6-9 p.m. Friday, features craft brews and all things that have to do with enjoying the best beer available, and admission includes food and beer samples, a souvenir logo tasting glass, live music with two bands including Lakeside Blues Band and Friends and Echo Skye with special guests musicians all night. There will also be various displays of brewery art and breweriana in keeping with the NACC’s mission to support the arts.

Tickets for the event, which is only open to those over 21, are $25 until midnight today and $30 Friday. Tickets may be purchased at Niagara Tradition Home Beer and Wine Supplies, 1296 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda (cash only) or at the NACC from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and cash or credit card may be used. Credit cards are also accepted online at thenacc.org through today. Tickets will be held at the door for pickup. Tickets sold at the door on the night of the event are available by cash only.

Admission includes food and beer samples, a souvenir logo tasting glass, live music and free parking in lots and on side streets.

Representatives from The Lewiston Village Pub are bringing an Ellicottville Brewing Company Chocolate Covered Cherry Bomb while the Brickyard Pub and BBQ is bringing their Brickyard Brown Ale.

Pearl Street Grill and Brewery will be offering their Sabres Edge Double IPA and a Schwarze Schonheit German Black Lager; Flying Bison will bring Rusty Chain, Aviator Red and Blackbird Stout; Certo Brothers will be bringing many beers including an Ommegang Rare Vos, Magic Hat #9, Sierra Nevada Glissade, Ellicottville Blueberry; and Try It Distributing will bring a Long Trail Ale and a Long Trail Double Bag as well as a selection of Verdi Spumanti Malts in apple, raspberry and peach. Also, Alternative Brews is bringing Honeoye Falls Hazelnut Brown Ale; and Mr. Goodbar is bringing two English cask conditioned ales in traditional firkins.

Proceeds will benefit the NACC, a multi-arts center with 70 artists’ studios, dance and music schools, two theaters and two recording studios.

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