When: Fri., March 9 2012
John Trainor, director of development at the Akron Art Museum, wants you to know you’re in for a good time tonight at Art of Ale, the museum’s annual fundraiser for art education programs in the public schools. “We had just shy of 250 guests here last year in our grand lobby, and it was just a lot of fun.” But the important point, dear reader, is this: There is beer — lots and lots of beer — from Ohio brewers including Hopping Frog, Thirsty Dog, Indigo Imp, Rockmill Brewery, and the Ohio Brewing Company, to name a few. As for the beer ballast, Trainer says the museum sticks with the local, artisanal theme by focusing directly on small producers and purveyors, including Lucky Penny Farm Creamery from Kent. “Her goat cheese is amazing,” Trainor tells us. The ceremonial keg pinging happens at 6 p.m., and experts on beer and home brewing will be on hand throughout the night. Giveaways and prizes include home-brewing kits and a chance to win a beer-making session at the Brew Kettle Taproom and Smokehouse in Strongsville. General admission is $50; reserve your suds space by phone or online.