WHEELING - Oglebay Institute opens its 2014-15 Art & Ale series at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 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," said Stifel Center director Rick Morgan. "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 August 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 with red ranch seasoning
- Brown Ale by Aron Massey with smoked sausage with 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 with 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."
Members of Oglebay Institute receive a discount on admission. Reservations are required. Many Art & Ale events sell out. Tickets can be purchased by calling 304-242-7700 or at www.oionline.com.