The Hammond Regional Arts Center Celebrates “10 Years of Beers and Cheers” with their Upcoming 10th Annual Brew Arts Festival.
On Friday, September 27, 2019 the Hammond Regional Arts Center is celebrating “10 years of Beers and Cheers” putting on their 10th annual Brew Arts Festival that showcases a variety of local breweries, restaurants, musicians and artists.
Brew Arts Fest started as an idea to have large outdoor festival structured like an outdoor arts market during craft beer week to celebrate the technique, passion and artistry of craft beer, said HRAC Executive Director Maureen Joyce. As craft brewing became more popular and local breweries grew in numbers, the festival has come to exclusively invite Louisiana breweries, said Joyce.
Since then, the festival has grown to include live music, an arts market featuring regional artists and art demonstrations, said HRAC Media Coordinator Tara Bennet.
This year’s showcase of breweries is packed with Louisiana favorites like Tin Roof, Great Raft, Parish brewing, Urban South, Bayou Teche, Low Road, Port Orleans and Hammond’s very own Gnarly Barley. Each year at the festival, Gnarly Barley serves a one time festival exclusive batch along with bringing beloved favorites. “Last year, we had coconut Jucifer, and this year, we will have a Honeysuckle, Basil & Orange Zest IPA,” said Gnarly Barley founder and vice president Cari Caramonta.
The festival is also offering chef-created pairings of the showcased beers and dishes served by local Hammond restaurants, Bennet said. This year’s restaurant line up includes Tacos & Beer, Our Mom’s Restaurant, Bucket List BBQ, Punjabi Dhaba, Blackened Brew, Pho Grace and Salty Joe’s BBQ. “New to this year we’ll have a voting system for guests to select which pairing they enjoyed the best,” Bennet said.
While celebrating food and beer, the festival also showcases local artists. Each year local artists can sign up to display and sell their work, and organizations like the Hammond Art Guild and even Southeastern’s ceramics department also participate, Joyce said.
Another new feature to the past two Brew Arts Fests is the two separate music performances, said Joyce. This year, the Fugitive Poets will be playing the outdoor stage while Southeastern’s own Dr. Joe Burns will be playing is solo music on the indoor stage.
The Fugitive Poets are a Louisiana local five piece bluegrass-americana band featuring the classic bluegrass arrangement of banjo, fiddle, double bass, mandolin and guitar, said Fugitive Poets member Heather Feierabend. The band has been playing with an evolution of different band members for almost 20 years, creating a musical chemistry between band members that is contagiously fun, said Feierabend. “People really enjoy it because we’re having such a good time,” said Feierabend, “That’s what I think makes our band so special.”
The festival’s intent at its core is to showcase local artists and the passion they share towards their crafts whether it be beer, food, art or music, Joyce said. “I think it’s going to be incredibly special,” Joyce said.
The festival taking place from five p.m. to nine p.m. at the HRAC on East Thomas Street. Visit hammondarts.org/brews-arts-festival for additional information and to buy tickets and check out thefugitivepoets.com to get a preview of the Fugitive Poets music.