ChalkFest to feature 15 craft breweries

Pretoria Fields is one of the 15 craft breweries featured at Saturday’s ChalkFest. (Special Photo)

ALBANY — Saturday’s ChalkFest will feature beverages made at 15 breweries from Georgia, North Carolina and Alabama, according to the Albany Museum of Art. Craft beer enthusiasts can taste brews from any of these breweries while seeing a number of chalk artists turn the streets of downtown Albany into a piece of art.

“We weren’t sure how many (breweries) we would have for the first ChalkFest,” Albany Museum of Art Director of Marketing and Public Relations Jim Hendricks said. “We’re excited to have them. Through our partner at Pretoria Fields, we were able to get 15 breweries to participate. On Saturday, if you like craft beer, this is going to be a dream for you in Georgia.”

The breweries featured at ChalkFest include:

— Akademia Brewing Company, Athens

— Blue Pants Brewery, Madison, Ala.

— Cherry Street Brewing, Cumming

— D9 Brewing Company, Cornelius, N.C.

— Evantide Brewing, Atlanta

— Gate City Brewing Company, Roswell

— Macon Beer Company, Macon

— Omaha Brewing Company, Omaha

— Orpheus Brewing, Atlanta

— Piedmont Brewery, Macon

— Pretoria Fields Brewery, Albany

— Scofflaw Brewing Company, Atlanta

— Second Self Beer Company, Atlanta

— Southbound Brewing Company, Savannah

— SweetWater Brewing Company, Atlanta

“It’s a fall festival,” Hendricks said. “There’s a little serendipity here because our first one is the same day as the first day of fall. It’s modeled after other festivals like the one in Marietta called Chalktoberfest. The real thing that sets these apart from other festivals is these professional chalk artists.”

Each artist will cover a 50-square-foot space with a unique chalk mural.

“It’s an experience that can’t be duplicated,” Hendricks said. “They’re not going to be able to make these exact same artworks any place else. When it rains and washes away the eco-friendly materials, you’ll never see this art again. Only the people at the festival are going to see this artwork.”

ChalkFest will be an annual event in the Albany community to showcase art and local vendors. Organizers say it is a family-friendly event with the potential to bring more people to Albany to see the chalk art firsthand. School groups will also have space to make art as part of the festival.

“Normally, you would have to drive several miles or hours to get to somewhere like Marietta or Venice, Fla., but this is something that’s coming to Albany,” Hendricks said. “It’ll be right down the street form you as opposed to a town a couple of hundred miles away.”

Asked if he has sampled any of the craft beers from the breweries coming to Albany, Hendricks said that he believes he has tasted a beer from Akademia Brewing Company at a restaurant, and he said that he has sampled all of the brews from Pretoria Fields.

ChalkFest will take place on the 100 block of Pine Avenue in downtown Albany from 10 a.m.-5 p.m on Saturday.

For more information, visit Tickets can be purchased in advance at Pretoria Fields, the Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau or the Albany Museum of Art.

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