Beer is on tap for the annual Brew Arts Festival in Hammond next weekend.

The Hammond Regional Arts Center (HRAC) is gearing up for its 7th annual Brews Arts Festival.

The festival will take place in downtown Hammond at the Morrison Alley Parking Lot off North Cypress on Friday, Sept. 30, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Brews Arts Festival is a signature fundraiser of the HRAC, a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to support, promote and coordinate visual, performing and literary arts in Tangipahoa Parish and the surrounding areas.

Sponsored by Nortech, First Guaranty Bank and Central Rexall, this annual tasting event is designed to support HRAC’s important work in the community while promoting an appreciation of craft beer.

A ticket to the festival includes access to samples of beer from local and regional craft brewers.

“This event is fantastic for anyone who enjoys a good brew,” said HRAC Media Coordinator Tara Bennett.

“With over 70 varieties of craft beers from as many as 40 breweries in one location, Brews Arts is working to raise the bar of beer culture throughout the state.”

Past Brews Arts Festivals featured brews from companies including Tin Roof Brewing, Gnarly Barley Brewing, Chafunkta Brewing, Covington Brewhouse, Bayou Teche Biere, Lazy Magnolia Brewing, Saint Arnold Brewing, Rogue Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, SweetWater Brewing and Southern Prohibition Brewing.

“We will definitely have something for the patron looking for a unique pour,” Bennett said.

Advanced ticket prices for the Brews Arts Festival are $20 for HRAC members and $25 for non-members. Tickets prices increase to $30 the day of the event.

Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Center, located at 217 E Thomas St., Hammond, during regular gallery hours of noon-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, or online with a credit card or Pay Pal at www.hammondarts.org.

Patrons must be 21 or older to purchase tickets and must present a valid I.D. at the event.

All proceeds go to benefit the HRAC.

In addition to promoting local and craft beer, the Brews Arts Festival will also feature food prepared by Kevin Cote, music, and live art demonstrations with several booths of artwork and crafts by local and regional artists and artisans on display for sale to the public. For more information, visit hammondarts.org or call 985-542-7113.

While parents enjoy the festival, their children (ages 4-12) can enjoy an evening of fun and games at the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center’s (LCDC) “Almost Sleep Over” from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There will be special games and crafts with a safari theme, as well as a movie with popcorn included. Dinner will be pizza and a side.

“Almost Sleepover” prices are $30 for the first child, and $25 for each additional child in the family.

The deadline to register is Sept. 28, and spaces are limited. To reserve a spot, call 985-340-9150 or stop by the LCDC, located at 113 North Cypress, Hammond.

The Hammond Regional Arts Center supports, promotes, and coordinates visual, performing, and literary arts in Tangipahoa Parish and surrounding parishes.

The primary mission is to enrich lives through quality arts education, to develop an appreciation of the arts within individuals, and to introduce the public to professional exhibitions, performances and literature.

The Hammond Regional Arts Center is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.

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