From all levels of fundraising, a revolution is brewing: pairing art and music with craft beer to raise money for a good cause. With the United States now boasting as many as 1,500 breweries- more than 90% of these fitting the small, independent and traditional craft brewery definition – the choice and diversity of craft beers has stimulated an increased interest in those passionate about culinary practices, innovation and creativity. Like emerging artists, craft breweries are fairly new to the scene, only becoming a trend in the United States in the early 1990s. The website of the Brewers Association Craftbeer.com, states “as craft brewers have come of age, little did the world know that their full flavored craft beers would generate such passion and excitement.”
And since “today’s craft brewers are often viewed as local personalities who practice their art with authentic intentions, and their beers are the expression of their individual passion and drive,” why not introduce them to arts and culture audiences at a fundraising event for local artists?
For 18th Street Arts Center this pairing couldn’t be more perfect. On Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., 18th Street Arts Center, in association with popular Santa Monica restaurant, Library Alehouse, is bringing the first Craft Beer Festival to the Westside of L.A. BAM Fest, which stands for Beer, Art and Music Festival, is a celebration of locally produced art, music and the finest craft beers around. With 20-plus breweries, 4 bands, 3 galleries, open artist studios and gourmet organic food provided by the Green Truck, B.A.M