Art on Tap, the fall beer-tasting soirée hosted by the Flint Institute of Arts, celebrated its ninth anniversary on Saturday, October 15. Presented by Applebee’s, along with partners Fabiano Brothers, Inc. and John P. O’Sullivan Distributing, Inc., the FIA showcased more than 100 craft beers at 31 stations from a variety of local and national brewers, including Redline Brewing Company featuring Flint City Hard Cider Co. and Alaskan Brewing.
The steadily growing event was made even better this year by mild temperatures, which remained in the 50s and 60s throughout the evening. A VIP tasting, highlighting four unique beer offerings, kicked off the night’s activities. Guests were treated to an informal, yet informative, talk by “Cowboy” Doug Tetmeyer of John P. O’Sullivan Distributing, Inc. and Curt Thormeier of Fabiano Brothers, Inc., who focused on the distinctive characteristics of each selection while interjecting humorous and often historical tidbits about beer during their joint presentation.
Antwain Trimble, the museum’s recently named executive chef and food and beverage director, created a tasting menu to complement the offerings, one of which – Mangalitsa Pig Porter from Right Brain Brewery – included real pig parts.
The main event ran from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and gave attendees the chance to sample new beers, ales and ciders as well as old favorites; dance to the sounds of the Reichlen Small Group; dine on a large selection of tasty treats provided by Redwood Steakhouse and Brewery, and design a one-of-a-kind pint glass at the popular Blue Moon painting station. Art on Tap chair Kim Colmer noted that the 2016 event “continues to be a Flint fall favorite with our attendees, distributors, sponsors, and volunteers. It’s a great night to see friends, taste new flavors, and have fun, all while supporting the Flint Institute of Arts and its programs and exhibitions.”
Colmer encouraged those interested in either attending or volunteering for Art on Tap 2017 to contact the Flint Institute of Arts at 810.234.1695.