That’s the thinking behind Art on Tap’s Craft Beer and Clay, an event that combines two artistic expressions – clay and craft beer – for enjoyment and admiration in The Galleries on Friday, January 13, at 7 pm.
Art on Tap is a Cabarrus Arts Council group for young adults over 21 with an interest in the arts. Members come from diverse backgrounds, and say the group has been a great way to mingle with others their own ages while learning more about the arts offered in their community.
Now in its third year, the group’s numbers have steadily grown, with members ranging from their twenties to their early forties.
Wondering if you’re on the cusp of consideration as a young adulthood? Here’s a simple test to determine your answer: Do you find yourself talking to people about various ailments, like a stiff hip or an achy knee? Does your grocery store list regularly contain some sort of ointment? Do you remember when a payphone call cost a dime? Do you know what a payphone is? Can you match the name Frank Poncherello with the show his character appeared on?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these, you may want to consider staying home for this one, lest risk feeling like a chaperone.
Activities for Craft Beer & Clay will kick off with tastings supplied by Cabarrus Brewing Company, Concord’s first full-scale brewery. Located in the old Gibson Mill, CBC crafts all of its own beer, giving most of them names with local ties, like Rocky River IPA, Reed’s Gold Ale and Cabarrus Cotton Blond Ale.
Those beers will most likely be available for tasting, along with at least one of their new beers, either Mocha Blonde Ale, made with S&D Coffee’s Dark Sky coffee beans, or their seasonal Winter Spice Ale.
Brew master Jason McKnight encourages people non-beer drinkers to give craft beer a try. They may be surprised by the complexity of the flavors. “People don’t think they like craft beer,” said McKnight. “But they haven’t been exposed to it.”
Hands-on activities during Craft Beer & Clay will be provided by Stephanie Gainer, President of the Cabarrus Arts Guild. Gainer will hand out newly made clay tiles for participants to design using stamps and glaze. After a few weeks in the kiln, they’ll be ready to take home.
Gainer said the similarities between creating art pieces with clay and crafting specialty beer makes them the perfect pairing for an Art on Tap activity.
“With both, you can manipulate something out of nothing, and you can get some surprising results.”
Interested in becoming a member of Art on Tap?
Annual membership costs $40 for individuals and $75 for couples.
To learn more or to sign up, visit
Want to attend to Art on Tap’s Craft Beer & Clay?
Friday, January 13, 2017, 7 pm,
The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council,
65 Union St. S,
Cost: Free for members; $20 for non-members.