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'Wild' time planned at Sewickley arts center craft beer event

Bobby Cherry
| Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Cold craft beers, live music and food trucks on Bank Street in Sewickley seem pretty “wild” to Elysia Cecchetti.

She's hoping others will find the Sweetwater Center for the Arts' craft beer and art street party “Art Brew” fundraiser planned for July 12 just as exciting.

As part of the Sewickley center's Wild Things exhibit, which includes the eight large green tentacles that have been on top of the Old Sewickley Post Office building near Route 65 since early April, the nonprofit group is planning an outdoor craft brew and food truck event — the first of its kind for the organization, said Cecchetti, who serves as artistic director at Sweetwater.

“We try to hold one fundraising event each year aside from Holiday mART,” Cecchetti said, referring to the organization's winter fundraising event offering art and other goods for sale. “Someone suggested a beer event and we ran with that idea.

“We wanted to make it a bit different than a normal beer event.”

So, organizers will bring in some of the region's food trucks, including Franktuary, Nakama, Bella Christie, and Steer and Wheel.

Those four food trucks will be among eight craft beer vendors, including The Church Brew Works, Copper Kettle Brewing Co., Draai Laag Brewing Co., Fat Head's Brewery, Lavery Brewing Co., Penn Brewery, Rivertowne Brewing and Voodoo Brewery.

“Pittsburgh is booming with craft breweries,” Cecchetti said. Six of the eight breweries are from the Pittsburgh area. Voodoo Brewery is based in Meadville and Lavery Brewing Company is in Erie.

Food offerings will be selected to pair with beer offered, Cecchetti said.

She said she hopes weather will cooperate with the event to showcase the tentacles, which are a focal point of the center's Wild Things exhibit, but have been taken down for days at a time during inclement weather.

“Unfortunately we have to take them down if it storms or even if it rains,” Cecchetti said.

“We're trying to make it our goal to keep them up as much as we can, but the weather hasn't worked out.”

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408

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