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Artoberfest brews up fall fun

October 27, 2016

Dillon Nelson

Staff Reporter | djn005@latech.edu

Shreveport-based Red River Brewing gives out samples of different craft beers during Artoberfest. Photo by Brian Blakely.

Shreveport-based Red River Brewing gives out samples of different craft beers during Artoberfest. Photo by Brian Blakely.

 

Musicians played and local brewers displayed their craft Oct. 21 as The North Central Louisiana Arts Council held its seventh annual Artoberfest.

 

Allie Bennett, master of ceremonies, said Artoberfest was originally held by NCLAC as a start-up fundraiser meant to fund bigger fundraisers but has grown into its own event which is now hotly anticipated by the community.

 

“The arts community, the students and the business owners all want a place to come together, so events like this foster that desire and allow Ruston to grow and feed off itself,” Bennett said. “I think the fact that Artoberfest has grown into what you see now is a big indicator the community wants more collaborative, artistic events.”

 

Bennett said the environment invites people of varying interests to come together in their shared love of the arts. She said this is especially true for the brewers at the center of the festivities.

 

“You kind of get the sense that the people brewing are putting their hearts and souls into it,” Bennett said. “They have more of a personal interest in making it something special and are hoping to portray their love of the art form to you.”

 

Jacob Harvey, a junior business major, said he came to Artoberfest on the recommendation of his brewer friends so he could taste the many different flavors of the event. He said the event afforded local brewers a great opportunity to get their brews some attention.

 

“There are a lot of local brewers and businesses who are working together to make really great stuff,” Harvey said. “These people who have ideas for flavors that are really out there, they explore these ideas and make them work.”

 

Harvey said despite the venue being packed and loud, the brewers made Artoberfest feel like a small-scale, intimate event by taking the time to talk to people.

 

“Local brewers are very personable and passionate and open about the process of making beers,” Harvey said. “They’ll be like, ‘You don’t know anything about dry-hop, let me show you and explain it to you,’ and that is what made this event so cool.”

 

Elizabeth Pattillo, owner and public relations manager of Flying Heart Brewing, said Artoberfest is a prime opportunity to educate consumers on local beers. She said people particularly enjoyed their flagship beer, Black Heart Ale, with many citing its chocolate covered cherry finish.

 

“We had an exciting idea of the style and flavor of the beer we wanted to do when we first started from scratch,” Patillo said. “Making this beer paved the way so we could make all the other beers we’ve done, so we’re glad people still enjoy the original.”

 

John Gordon, another local brewer, said he thinks of brewing as a hobby. He said he likes to create his own experimental concoctions in his spare time, but also enjoys attending Artoberfest and letting people sample and critique his brews.

 

“I like to experiment more but others like to try and make great mainstream flavors, so when we can all get together like this it’s a good intersection of tastes where we can sample each others brews and help each other to evolve a little with each year,” Gordon said.

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