Slug back a chug of suds for you and your buds, then knock it down with some cruds from the food booth this weekend at the 2010 Gulf Brew. Lafayette's original beer festival has everything from teeny tiny specialty brews to the stuff you drink when you're fishing in a hell hole and trying to get wasted FAST.
In the style of Germany's Oktoberfest, where the lederhosen crowd drinks beer and parties hard in elegant and classy fashion (i.e. no beer pong, beer funnels, or beer helmets), the AcA invites festival-goers to sample the best brews the South has to offer. Yes, indeed. The south will rise again in the form of mugs of suds! Held in conjunction with Southern Open, an exhibition showcasing artwork from artists living in the South from Texas to Florida, the AcA invites microbreweries and brewmasters from the same southern states to offer Acadiana a taste of their specialty brews at this rocking beer festival. It all goes down in Parc International on July 24 from 6-10 p.m.
The band Picardy Birds, will be kicking off the evening's live music entertainment jam with its original funk, soul, and rock inspired sounds. They will be followed by The Black and Blues featuring Hidden Beach recording artist Keite Young. Topping the evening off is the chicken scratch fried funk of Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes from New Orleans.
Gulf Brew is a fundraiser of the AcA that helps employ musicians and artists, introduce arts into the local schools and support a first class visual arts exhibition series.
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