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ARToberfest puts locally brewed beers on display

November 4, 2014

 

CATHERINE BURKE
Staff Reporter

 

Local brewers gathered at the Norton Building to showcase their best homemade beer this past Thursday. The North Central Louisiana Arts Council held the event.

 

Jessica Slaughter, the executive director for NCLAC, was in charge of organizing ARToberfest.

 

“ARToberfest is a beer tasting fundraiser that helps raise money for the Holiday Arts Tour,” she said. “We have live music, food trucks, raffles by local stores, 60-plus commercial beers and a night full of fun.”

 

Slaughter said without this event, the Holiday Arts Tour would probably not happen.

 

“Our grant from the state was eliminated for the Holiday Arts Tour,” she said. “This event helps raise money to make the Tour possible.”

 

Slaughter said it is easy to be in ARToberfest.

 

“Any home brewer can apply to be here,” she said. “All they have to do is apply at the beginning of August.”

 

Local brew company Old Bottle Brewery made an appearance at ARToberfest.

 

“My dad got a beer kit for Christmas back in 2012 and I played with it a bit, loved it, so he bought me my own,” said Hayden Lege, the founder of Old Bottle Brewery.

 

“Right now we have two beers—Ruston Peach Hefeweizer, which is a wheat beer, and Pelican State, which is a darker beer,” Lege said.

 

Lege said brewing beer at home is not an overnight process.

 

“It takes about one month to brew five gallons,” he said. “It technically could have been ready earlier, but you need that time for the flavors to mellow out in the brew, which makes it taste better.”

 

Getyasome Brew made an appearance at ARToberfest. Jim and Donna Smalls run this home brewery.

 

“It is a very addicting hobby,” said Jim Smalls. “Once you start, you cannot stop, but it’s a lot of fun and my wife and I get a lot of enjoyment out of making and tasting our own brew.”

 

Catherine Nix, a senior biology major, said the event is a fun evening for people and it helps a great cause.

 

“ARToberfest is definitely the best event of the year,” she said. “It gets more fun every year and it’s awesome to see local businesses support other local businesses.”

 

“It’s an event people can enjoy and let loose at but also get home safely thanks to the DD cab numbers posted at the exits,” Nix said. “If you did not come this year, you definitely do not want to miss out on this next year.”

 

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