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Arts Clayton testing beer tasting event Thursday

Arts Clayton and the Hwy. 138 Package Store will partner Thursday to host ‘BBQ & Brew on Main’ at the Arts Clayton Gallery. The event is intended to attract new patrons to the gallery.

Arts Clayton and the Hwy. 138 Package Store will partner Thursday to host ‘BBQ & Brew on Main’ at the Arts Clayton Gallery. The event is intended to attract new patrons to the gallery.

— Beer may not have the sweet taste of wine, but Arts Clayton officials hope their patrons will nonetheless enjoy drinking it while looking at paintings and sculptures.

The Jonesboro-based organization is partnering with the Hwy. 138 Package Store to try something a little different — beer-tasting at an arts gallery. They will hold “BBQ & Brew on Main” Thursday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Arts Clayton Gallery at 136 South Main St.

While Arts Clayton traditionally offers wine and punch, and it partners with the package store for a wine-tasting event every winter, this event will feature more of a summer cook-out atmosphere. At least 40 artisan beers are expected to be available for tasting with traditional cook-out foods, such as sliders.

“It’s summertime and there are a whole of artisan beers that are new, kind of different flavors,” said Gallery Manager Teri Williamson. “You know, art is everywhere. Chefs. Beer makers. Wine makers. It’s all a creative process.”

Admission to the event is $20 person and the fee will cover the cost of the event and to help pay for Arts Clayton’s education programs. Attendees will have to show photo identification to enter to prove they are old enough to drink the beer.

The main purpose behind the event, however, is to attract new and different crowds to the gallery and expose them to artwork on display, said Williamson and Arts Clayton Executive Director Linda Summerlin.

“Anything we do here exposes people to the gallery, to buy gifts and support the artists,” said Summerlin. “Overall, my main objective is to sell the artists work. That’s the objective because we want to sell as much of their work as we can so they will do more artwork for us.”

Summerlin said the group held a beer-tasting event a few years ago, but it was on a smaller scale than what is expected Thursday.

“It was nothing like the magnitude we’re planning this time, but it was a beer-tasting and it was successful,” she said. “It wasn’t the new beers and all that is going on with beer-making now, so this will make it like our first event.”