By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – On the banks of the Tallahatchie River and under a slew of lights and paper lanterns, beer fans can sample a few new flavors in New Albany this weekend.
This Saturday evening is New Albany on Tap, a beer tasting featuring 12 different craft and imported beers, seven of which are High Gravity.
“We’re trying to give everybody an opportunity to try something different,” said Micha Foster, an event coordinator.
The featured beers are Beck’s Oktoberfest, Fransiskaner, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra, Sierra Nevada Ovila Dubbel, Spaten Optimator, Abita SOS, Abita Vanilla Double Dog, Crispin Brut Cider, Anchor Liberty Ale and Lazy Magnolia flavors Southern Pecan, Indian Summer and Timber Beast.
New Albany on Tap features music by the All Night Long Blues Band from Clarksdale and food by Sugaree’s Bakery and Tallahatchie Gourmet. There will also be a raffle to win a six-pack a week for a year, Foster said.
Water and soft drinks will be provided for designated drivers, and there will be a taxi service on scene, said Mary Jennifer Russell, event coordinator and owner of Sugaree’s.
All proceeds will be donated to the Trailhead Plaza fund, which will go toward the creation of a small public space at a trailhead downtown.
“When our downtown becomes active at night, we can attract more restaurants, retail businesses and loft apartment interest downtown,” Russell said. “That all equals more private investment dollars to help our city grow and succeed in this economy.”
This is the second year for New Albany on Tap, and it has grown in just one year. Last year the event had just 13 sponsors; this year’s has 50.
“I think it will surprise people about what we can do in New Albany,” Foster said.