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Art and craft beers at WAMA

METRO CREATIVEThe Walter Anderson Museum of Art will host its third annual craft beer tasting Wednesday.
METRO CREATIVEThe Walter Anderson Museum of Art will host its third annual craft beer tasting Wednesday.

It used to be that viewing fine art was mostly associated with sipping fine wine. But these days the art of crafting beer makes a beer tasting a great draw for the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, which will host its third annual WAMA Craft Beer Tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday..

Based on past attendance, museum representatives recommend reserving tickets in advance.

Corey Christy, WAMA marketing and development director, said craft beer brewing is a hot trend.

"The tasting is the most popular event we hold at the museum," Christy said. "People just love craft beer -- it's very trendy right now. I also think people like (the beer tasting) because it's a good chance to check all the local brews at once."

This year, four breweries will offer their creations: Lazy Magnolia, Crooked Letter Brewing Co., Chandeleur Brewing Co. and Biloxi Brewing Co. Also serving will be two home brewers from the Gulf Coast Brewers League. The brewers will offer sample-size beers, but going back for additional "tastes" is allowed.

A few offerings of note are a special-release Tart Cherry Stabello and Farmhouse Ale, both from Crooked Letter Brewing Co. The brewer also will offer samples from its complete line of beers.

Lazy Magnolia will unveil its forthcoming beer Jeez Louise, a pepper pale ale that blends citra hop and jalapeno peppers.

Biloxi Brewing Co. will offer its Black Gold Breakfast Blend -- a foreign extra stout that is aged on whole coffee beans and specially roasted.

Again this year, complimentary pretzel necklaces and pizza will be offered while supplies last.

The tasting is a means of introducing patrons to what the museum has to offer. As they taste brews, guests can stroll through the museum to view Anderson's works. The current exhibit, "Feather and Fins," features Anderson's depictions of creatures of the sea and air. Also featured is "The Art of Frank Janca -- Joie de Vivre."

Admission is $10 or free to members. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 872-3164. The event is for ages 21 and older only.