WHEELING - The Stifel Fine Arts Center opens its 2011-12 Beer Tasting season at 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 11. The ticket price includes a variety of beer samples from Flying Dog Brewery, an award-winning brewery based in Frederick, Maryland, and food from Ye Olde Alpha.
This event is the first in a series of six beer tasting events that take place at the Stifel Center in the coming months. The "Art and Ale" programs began just more than a year ago as a spin off to the Center's popular Art of Wine Series.
"American beers are judged to be among the world's best and have earned a respected place at the table alongside wine," said Stifel Center Director Rick Morgan. "In fact, two-thirds of today's wine drinkers consume beer, and the popularity of craft-brewed beer continues to rise. People are eager to learn more about it."
Morgan said a representative from Flying Dog Brewery will discuss each beer, and guests will enjoy trying new brews and having fun.
"The cardinal rule of beer tasting is that it must be fun. That's what the evening will be- - a social gathering that gives people a great excuse to spend time with friends and learn more about beer at the same time," he said.
Since 1990 Flying Dog Brewery has been serving high-quality craft beer. The Flying Dog Brewery's award winning "litter of ales" is available in 45 states. Flying Dog's core value of "purposeful, provocative and irreverence" flows through the veins of the brewery's founding owners, George Stranahan and Richard McIntyre. George and Richard were friends with the "Gonzo Journalist," Hunter S. Thompson, who coined the brand's tagline "Good People Drink Good Beer" and with the "Gonzo Artist," Ralph Steadman, who illustrates the brand's packaging.
During the event, guests can browse the West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2011, which is on display in the Hart Galleries. The biennial exhibit features 72 works in the areas of painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, mixed media and crafts by 60 artists from 23 West Virginia counties.
Tickets are $25. Members of Oglebay Institute receive a discount. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Stifel Center at 304.242.7700. Payment is required at time of reservation. The Stifel Center is located at 1330 National Road, Wheeling and welcomes the public daily to art, dance and fitness classes, craft activities and ongoing art exhibitions.
These programs are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
The Stifel Fine Arts Center opens its 2011-12 Beer Tasting season at 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 11. The event includes a variety of beer samples from Flying Dog Brewery, an award-winning brewery based in Frederick, Maryland, and food from Ye Olde Alpha. Proceeds support art programs at Oglebay Institute.