The 13th Annual Art & Ale Has Gone Virtual!

Akron – The Akron Art Museum will hold its popular craft beer tasting event, Art & Ale on Saturday, October 10, 2020. The wildly popular event will be held as a virtual, at-home experience. There is now just one session for the program, taking place from 6:00PM – 7:30PM. Art & Ale pairs exceptional craft brews with a delicious catered meal. This year, meals will be delivered to each ticket-holder’s home on the day of the event. Attendees can expect an online program featuring special guest speakers and exciting musical entertainment. Tickets are available through our website.

Akron Art Museum Interim Executive Director Jon Fiume said, “Museums need to engage visitors in relevant, surprising ways especially during these unprecedented times. Art & Ale is a great example of a virtual experience Akronites can’t get anywhere else–good times, brews, and incredible entertainment all from the comfort and safety of your home.”

This event will feature a curated collection of crafted brews which include a pre-release of Thirsty Dog’s 12 Dogs of Christmas and a beer-inspired meal delivered to each ticket-holder’s home. This unique, at-home experience helps raise support for the Museum in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual Art & Ale 2020 will showcase regional craft brews, offer delicious meal options from Robert J. Events & Catering, and present access to a 90-minute program highlighting special guest speakers, including John Najeway of Thirsty Dog Brewing Co ., the musical stylings of Acid Cats, raffles, and more!

As with previous years, the Museum expects swift ticket sales. The event has sold out early the past several years. Previously purchased tickets for the 13th Annual Art & Ale are still valid for the virtual version of the event. Akron Art Museum Director of Advancement, Bryan deBoer noted, “We’re proud to partner with many wonderful breweries to give our virtual attendees an exemplary experience.”

This event is for ages 21 and over. A state-issued form of ID is required to accept the delivery.
All VIP attendees receive an official Art & Ale swag bag.

For this event, the Museum is focusing locally on all aspects. Brewers and artists alike have interesting and intricate processes for creating. In our virtual program, we’ll be focusing on these processes while pairing local brews with artists and discussing each of their processes. For this,we’ll be working with the following regional artists and companies:

  • Micah Kraus (Akron) Paired with Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
  • Liz Maugans (Lakewood) Paired with Platform Beer Company
  • Bill Shearrow (Canton) Paired with Canton Brewery
  • Jordan Wong (Cleveland) Paired with Saucy Brew Works

Art and Ale is made possible with support from The J.M. Smucker Company, Platform Beer Company, Robert J. – Events & Catering, Saucy Brew Works, and Thirsty Dog Brewing Company with additional support from the 2020 Summit Brew Path by the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau, Brennan Manna Diamond, Canton Brewing Company, Drew and Laura Engles, Jeffrey and Sandra Kornick, Heineken 0.0, and TKM Print Solutions, Inc. Media sponsorship is provided by 91.3 The Summit and Western Reserve PBS.