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Round two of Arts Clayton beer tasting event ready to begin

Hwy. 138 Package Store officials planning to bring 60 different brews

Joey Feily, a manager at Highway 138 Package Store, checks out the store’s stock of Goat chocolate peanut butter porter Tuesday. The brew is one of several drinks that will be featured at the Arts Clayton BBQ & Brew on Main beer tasting event Friday night. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Joey Feily, a manager at Highway 138 Package Store, checks out the store’s stock of Goat chocolate peanut butter porter Tuesday. The brew is one of several drinks that will be featured at the Arts Clayton BBQ & Brew on Main beer tasting event Friday night. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

JONESBORO — Ever wonder why someone might call a drink “Skankin Dirty?”

Beer aficionados will be able to find out at the Arts Clayton Gallery’s second annual BBQ & Brew on Main beer tasting event Friday night. Brash Brewing Company’s risque-sounding beer is one of dozens of craft brews expected to be available for tasting at the event, said Highway 138 Package Store General Manager Kyle Filipovich.

“Summer is coming and we’re all looking for something a little lighter, crisper and citrusy to drink,” said Filipovich.

The beer tasting will run from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the gallery, 136 South Main St. in Jonesboro. Attendees are asked to make a $20 donation at the front door, with the proceeds going to arts education programs, said Filipovich.

That is one reason why the general manager thinks residents should attend the event.

“The donations all support Arts Clayton and all of the kids in their programs,” said Filipovich. “You can’t beat that.”

The event is similar to the holiday wine tasting event Arts Clayton and Highway 138 Package Store host each winter. The only difference is this event features beer instead of wine.

Joey Feily, a manager at the store, said staff have been promoting heavily in recent weeks to get a larger crowd than the approximately 60 people who attended the innuagural beer tasting last summer. Feily has been working with Filipovich on the event.

“We’ve had signs up, we’ve been handing out flyers to all of our customers and we’ve been pushing it a lot on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook,” said Feily. “We’d love to double our attendance this year.”

As many as 60 “completely different” beer brands will be available for tasting. But Filipovich said he’s planning to throw in “a few curve balls” — such as “Skankin Dirty” — to shake things up for beer connoisseurs who attended last year’s event.

Among the beers that will be added this year are foreign beers from a variety of countries including Mexico, Lithuania and Germany. One of the Mexican beers, Filipovich said, is a chocolate stout beer called Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero.

The new international beers aren’t the only changes attendees can expect to see though.

“Every year beer changes, so it’s not going to taste the same,” said Filipovich.

Feily said the goal is to have a range of light to heavy brews available for tasting.

In addition to the beers from far-off lands, there will also be brews from local breweries, including Jailhouse Brewery in Hampton, at the beer tasting, Feily said.

To go along with the beers, Arts Clayton is providing backyard grilling-style foods, such as sliders, for attendees to enjoy with their brews.

The events organizers said they hope the event, which was popular with attendees last year, will attract enough people this year to lead to bigger crowds next year because of word of mouth.

“We’d love for it to grow to the point where Arts Clayton has to say, ‘OK you guys, you keep bringing in more and more people and we have to move it outside because of space issues,’ ” said Feily.