Food, craft-beer pairings will highlight Sewickley Art Brew benefit
Sip on the area's finest beer and sample savory hometown fare at Sweetwater Center for the Art's inaugural Art Brew on July 12.
Bank Street in Sewickley will be blocked for the event, which will feature craft beer from eight local breweries and food from Pittsburgh's favorite food trucks: Franktuary, The Steer & Wheel, Nakama, Bella Christie and Lil' Z's Sweet Boutique.
“This event serves a dual purpose for us,” says Elysia Cecchetti, Sweetwater artistic director. “It benefits all of our classes and programming, but we also wanted to give back to the breweries and support our local beer.”
Mike Murphy, owner of Carson Street Deli and Craft Beer Bar in the South Side, is charged with pairing the beer and food. He says he will aim to complement or contrast, though most of the original beer offerings partner well with all kinds of foods.
Lavery Brewing Co. of Erie will contribute a refreshing wheat beer to the evening, which Murphy says would go well with anything, but especially the spicier Asian food from Nakama. Penn Brewery's Chocolate Meltdown is more palette-specific and will accompany desserts.
The brewers “understand the basics and tradition and are bending it at the edges,” Murphy says. “These guys are merging styles, adding new ingredients and trying new things with thoughtful and beautiful execution.”
Other craft choices will include malty Scottish ales, blond goldens and Belgian-style tripels.
In addition to the heavy refreshments, a large canvas and water balloons filled with paint will be set up for guests to help create a Jackson Pollock-inspired work of art. Olga Watkins Band, a local blues group, and bluegrass string band Broke Stranded & Ugly will perform throughout the event.
Board member Scott Schober of Sewickley says the event will help fund several center initiatives, like exhibitions, art classes, children's camps, music lessons and cooking classes. The added revenue also provides scholarships to those who otherwise would not be able to participate in the programs.
Art Brew “will be a great evening of not only food and beer, but art activities and live music,” Schober says. “I think it represents what makes Sweetwater Center for the Arts and Sewickley so unique.”
Emma Deihle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8513 or email@example.com.