Frankfort Beer Week Features Brew-Based Food, Art & Events

If you want to enjoy a pint or have a beer-inspired meal, the 9th annual Frankfort Beer Week is the place to go.

Restaurants are getting creative, incorporating craft beer into everything from breakfast to dinner.

Stormcloud Brewing Company started Beer Week to create awareness about local craft beer.

“Everyone kind of comes together and does some sort of special thing with beer,” says Bri Mathias, merchandise and special events coordinator.

All week long Stormcloud is hosting different events around their beer.

“We have Brews and Brushes, like a paint night where you can drink beer and get a little small dinner,” says Mathias. “We have two parties going on. One is the release of our Harvest Tripel that we brew every year. [It] changes it up a little bit every year though. And then we have an Oktoberfest party.”

Twelve other restaurants are also participating, including L’Chayim Delicatessen with a beer bagel.

“It’s made with Stormcloud’s Night Swimmer Stout, and it’s a cinnamon and raisin bagel with the stout in it,” says Brandon Tinker, co-owner.

Vita Bella Italian Kitchen & Market is also serving up some special dishes.

“We are making some steam mussels with Peroni, some garlic and shallots with some ciabatta points. We are making a veal osso buco shake made with Stormcloud Rainmaker beer served with a veal demiglace over polenta. And then we have tiramisu which we make with Right Brain CEO Stout in our coffee mixer,” says Chef Ed Carrela, owner.

The fun doesn’t stop with food. The Oliver Art Center is also joining in with an exhibition of beer-based art.

“We have a painting. We have some colored pencil drawings. We have a really cool fish made out of bottle caps. We have a wire sculpture that looks a little bit like a beer stein with some froth coming out of it,” says Julie Pierce, gallery and program director.

From drinks and food to art, it’s all about trying something new and thinking local.

“I think it’s phenomenal that you get these creative moments where you can take something like beer and turn it into something that you normally wouldn’t make,” says Carrela.

The food, drinks and events are happening now through Sunday.

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