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ARTober Fest 2015

October 29, 2015

 

Ruston locals gather at the Norton Building for the 6th annual NCLAC ARTober Fest–Photo by Devin Dronett

Ruston locals gather at the Norton Building for the 6th annual NCLAC ARTober Fest–Photo by Devin Dronett

 

PAUL DAUTERIVE

Staff Reporter | pdd010@latech.edu

 

Ruston residents and students were able to taste the local home-brewed and regionally brewed beers at the North Central Louisiana Art Council sponsored ARToberfest in downtown Ruston on Friday night.

 

The event featured representatives from various breweries across the region as well as a few local home brewers.  Jessica Slaughter, executive director for the North Central Louisiana Art Council and ARToberfest organizer, said ARToberfest is used as a fundraiser for other programs that the art council is involved in throughout the year.

 

“ARToberfest is also a way for us to showcase local music while people taste the various home-brewed beers,” she said.

 

Slaughter said the event raises money for their various other activities like the Holiday Arts Tour in Ruston that supports local visual and performing artists.

 

Slaughter said two of the home-brewers were faculty at Louisiana Tech.

Flying Heart Brewery from Bossier City had three brews on draft for everyone to sample–Photo by Devin Dronett

Flying Heart Brewery from Bossier City had three brews on draft for everyone to sample–Photo by Devin Dronett

 

Jean Gourd, professor of computer science, won the Brewers Choice award while Karl Puljak, director of the School of Design, won the People’s Choice award.

 

Representatives from breweries across the state, like Abita Brewing Company of Abita Springs and Red River Brewing Company of Shreveport,were in attendance.

 

“We have deep ties to Ruston,” Jared Beville, part owner of Red River Brewing Company, said.

 

Beville and his business partner Beau Raines are both Tech graduates. He said he and Raines got their start brewing beer as fraternity brothers at Tech.

 

“The birth of our company happened at Tech,” Beville said. “This is beer made by Bulldogs, for Bulldogs – without Tech our company would not exist,” he said.

 

Wild Thang Custom Meals as well as Rosch Bakehaus and The Tacos Guerdserved food for everyone who attended–Photo by Devin Dronett

Wild Thang Custom Meals as well as Rosch Bakehaus and The Tacos Guerdserved food for everyone who attended–Photo by Devin Dronett

Beville said they have come to ARToberfest every year since the beginning.

 

“This is a fantastic event and we want to be a part of it,” Beville said.

 

Kara Murphy, the North-Central Louisiana representative for Abita Brewery, is a Ruston native.

 

“So far, it’s been a huge success – everyone is loving the beer,” Murphy said.

 

Murphy said this is Abita’s first year to be involved in ARToberfest.

 

“Home brewing is getting bigger and bigger, so it is really important that Ruston does an event such as this,” Murphy said.

 

Hunter Boudreaux, senior mathematics major, said ARToberfest is good to give home brewers in Ruston more exposure as well as expose more people to other breweries across the state.

 

“I’ve been to all the micro-breweries in the state, so I believe it is important that they get more exposure,” Boudreaux said.

 

Bluesaholics band members Dave P. Moore, harmonica; and Bruce Gray, drums; provide entertainment–Photo by Devin Dronett

Bluesaholics band members Dave P. Moore, harmonica; and Bruce Gray, drums; provide entertainment–Photo by Devin Dronett

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