Oglebay Institute opens its 2014-15 Art & Ale series at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center with a special beer tasting and food pairing event featuring a variety of ales crafted by local home brewers.
"Home brewing is a popular hobby nationwide and is growing in popularity in the Wheeling area, particularly with the formation of the Wheeling Area Craft Beer Club," Stifel Center director Rick Morgan said. "Having home brewers as part of our annual beer tasting season is a great fit."
This is the third year that the home brew event is taking place, and Morgan said it always attracts a diverse crowd of beer enthusiasts. "The response has been overwhelmingly positive. On Aug. 8, our lawn will be filled with people who enjoy trying new beers, learning more about the craft of home brewing and meeting new people."
Nine guest brewers will serve their finest home brews at the Aug. 8 event, and food will be provided by Ye Olde Alpha. Beer, brewers and food pairings are as follows:
Belgian Wit by Ted Dodd with steamed mussels
Amber Ale by PJ McDermott with cheeseburger chimichangas
Black Rye IPA by Dave Cantrell with fried pork rinds and red ranch seasoning
Brown Ale by Aron Massey with smoked sausage and hot mustard
Everything Under the Sun by Kevin Ayers with grilled chipotle wings
Everett Porter by Peter Marshall with chocolate dipped peanut butter cookies
Cream Stout by Jacob Manning with mushrooms in Guinness
Chinook by Russell Dunkin with lime corn chips and guasacaca
California Steam by Chad Remp with cucumber, onion and tomato salad
"This event is not only a lot of fun for guests but also for the brewers," Morgan said. "They get a chance to show off their skills, and, believe me, they have skills. These guys put a lot of time and passion into creating great products."
According to the American Homebrewers Association, as of 2013, there were an estimated one million home brewers in the United States, more than 1,700 home brew clubs and more than 300 home brew competitions around the country.
According to a recent survey, conducted by the AHA of 18,000 home brewers, the No. 1 reason people cite as to why they engage in this hobby is that they like the creative and artistic aspects of homebrewing.
Members of Oglebay Institute receive a discount. Reservations are required. Many Art & Ale events sell out.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 304-242-7700 or at www.oionline.com.