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The Beer Project, from Thursday, June 12-Saturday, June 14, blends beer crafts, craft beer, and artworks at the Museum of Fine Arts and downtown galleries.
ST. PETERSBURG - Beer can be a work of art - in more ways than one.

The Beer Project, from Thursday, June 12-Saturday, June 14, blends beer crafts, craft beer, and artworks at the Museum of Fine Arts and downtown galleries. It spotlights the city of the arts and what is also becoming a center of craft beer.

For the very latest information, visit fine-­arts.­org/b­eer-p­rojec­t.

On tap are the following special events:

Thursday, June 12, 6-8 p.m. at the MFA, 255 Beach Drive N.E.

• Beer Crafts demonstration and book signing. Join author and craft artist Shawn Bowman of Portland as she shows us “what to do with 99 bottles of beer on the wall.” Create wearable jewelry, a birdhouse, or your own sculpture from re-purposed beer cans, bottle caps, even labels. Ms. Bowman’s motto is “crack a cold one and you’re crafting.” She will sign copies of her book Beer Crafts following the demonstration.

• Cigar City Brewing and Brew Bus Tampa Bay will provide beer tastings and crafting supplies. CD Roma Restaurant will offer complimentary delectable bites. The program is free with MFA admission, which is only $5 after 5 p.m. on Thursdays). Admission includes access to the entire Museum. Come early and enjoy the cutting-edge exhibition, My Generation: Young Chinese Artists.

Friday, June 13, 7 p.m.-midnight at Green Bench Brewing Co.

• Release Party. Savor artistic beer inspired by stellar art. Green Bench Brewing will introduce imaginative new recipes. Double Rice IPA, influenced by the Museum’s striking Asian collection, is brewed with a base of rice and a Japanese hop, Sorachi Ace. Agave Green Chili Blonde Ale pays tribute to New Mexico and the Arts of Enchantment featuring The Raymond James Financial Collection, which just closed at the MFA. It is created with a lime peel, known as Rubia Caliente (the Hot Blonde).

Gerard Walen will also sign copies of his book Florida Breweries from 7-9 p.m. He tells you where to find some of the best beer in a state increasingly known for its brews.

There is no cover charge for the Release Party. Green Bench Brewing is located at 1133 Baum Ave. N. in St. Petersburg.

Saturday, June 14, noon-3 p.m. at the MFA

• Public Tasting, Demonstrations, and Awards. Taste home-brews and vote for your favorites. Avid Brewing and Growing Supplies will demonstrate the secrets of expert brewing, and Shawn Bowman will show how to turn a beer can into a functional fishing lure, just in time for Father’s Day. CD Roma Restaurant will provide delectable bites, and Gerard Walen will sign copies of his book from 2-3 p.m.

Cost is $35 per person and tickets can be purchased online by visiting fine-­arts.­org/b­eer-p­rojec­t or by calling 727-896-2667. Admission includes the entire Museum, tasting, demonstrations, and a souvenir cup to take home.

• Arts and Crafts (Beer) Trail/Second Saturday Art Walk, 4-9 p.m. What could be better: art and craft beer in a tour through the vibrant arts districts of St. Petersburg! Check out ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing, Craftsmen House Gallery, Duncan McClellan Gallery, Florida Craftsmen, Morean Arts Center, Soft Water Studios, Train Station Center for Clay, and Zen Glass Studio.

At the venues, you can enjoy tastings of craft beer created by Barley Mow Brewing, Cycle Brewing, Green Bench Brewing, Seventh Sun Brewing, St. Pete Brew, and 3 Daughters Brewing. It is first come, first served, while the samples last. You can also pick up a scavenger ticket at each gallery to enter a drawing for prizes at 3 Daughter’s Brewing later in the evening.

• After-Party, 6-9 p.m. at 3 Daughters Brewing: The People’s Choice Home Brew, Curator’s Choice, and the winners of the Arts and Crafts Scavenger Trail will be announced. Live Music and No Cover Charge. 3 Daughters is located at 222 22nd St. S. in St. Petersburg.

For more information about the MFA, call 727-896-2667 or visit www.f­ine-a­rts.o­rg.
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