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BrewFest benefits Wayne Center for the Arts

Birdfish Brewery of Columbiana is just one of the many breweries that will be on tap for the fourth annual BrewFest, an event that benefits the Wayne Center for the Arts.


Wooster BrewFest will return for a fourth year on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 6-10 p.m. at Wooster Hospitality Transit Inc., 1450 Spruce St. Extension, Wooster. The Wayne Center for the Arts will host the annual event. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for table sponsors.
The event will benefit the Wayne Center for the Arts and will bring together arts and craft, craft beer that is.
The Wayne Center for the Arts is the area’s oldest and most comprehensive visual and performing arts organization, which got its start on the College of Wooster's campus in 1973 in the basement of the college art museum.
Today the center continues to serve Wayne County residents by offering classes, special events, performances and exhibits in its current home at 237 S. Walnut St. in downtown Wooster.
Attendees will be able to taste more than 30 seasonal beers including selections from Birdfish Brewery of Columbiana, which will have available Spruce Willis, an Austrian-style winter lager, along with Dancing Hen Mushroom Lager, which some describe as deep and earthy with subtle mushroom on the back end.
Hi-Ho Brewery of Cuyahoga Falls will offer its Winter Warmer, a smooth mix of Maris Otter, Crystal 80 and chocolate malt paired with a hefty amount of honey. This beer is slightly sweet and well balanced.
Columbus' Actual Brewing's Fat Julian is a bittersweet imperial stout, reminiscent of leathery elephants dipped in dark chocolate. It barely fits in your mouth, according to the brewer.
Dozens of other varieties will be on hand including favorites from local brewery JAFB of Wooster.
"The number of beers to choose from is incredible," said Josh Coy, executive director at the Wayne Center for the Arts. "Plus the world of beer is wrought with puns. Even the names are entertaining."
Coy is quick to point out that JAFB is more than just a local brewery. "They've been winning awards because of the quality of their product stands up to brewers nationwide."
Buehler's Fresh Foods will provide food-truck-style offerings including traditional tacos, fish tacos, pulled pork, pulled chicken and rice bowls to satisfy most any guest.
"We figured the event is more of a stand and eat kind of thing," Coy said. "Buehler's has created a really nice menu for us."
Columbus-based band Honey and Blue will perform a self-described mix of pop, blues and soul. The band is fronted by singer/songwriters Adam Darling and Stephanie Amber.
"Part of the fun of hosting this event is being able to work with Wooster Transit," Coy said. "They have a funky, industrial space that works very well for this event."
Coy said his first year as executive director got a lot easier when he finally relocated to Wooster. He made the long commute from Columbus each day from April through October of last year.
Now that his personal life has been simplified, he is better able to focus on the spirited growth of the center.
"We've got a new website, we are working with Magical Theatre Company so we can start offering acting classes and our dance program is humming along," Coy said.
Future plans include art house-style cinema where patrons can see films that would otherwise only be available in larger, more metropolitan areas.
Tickets for BrewFest are available at www.wayneartscenter.org. General admission tickets are $40 while designated driver tickets are $10.
Coy said volunteers are still needed to help the night of the event. They will receive complimentary admission. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, email Lynn Jones, general manager, at lynn@wayneartscenter.org">lynn@wayneartscenter.org or call 330-264-2787 ext. 204.

Published: January 12, 2018
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