Friday, March 6, 2015


“Irish Wave,” Darke County Center for the Arts' St. Patrick's Day-themed fundraiser on Friday, March 13 at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville, will feature an array of fine craft beers provided by Heidelberg Distributing Company. A bounty of Irish-themed hors d'oeuvres, plus six tastes of beer and a keepsake commemorative 2015 Irish Wave pint glass are included in the price of admission; wine and other beverages will also be available for non-beer drinkers. Music for the event will be furnished by “Lone Raven,” a highly-regarded Ohio-based band that performs an eclectic blend of traditional Irish music as well as their own originals.

According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, the beer selections include a variety of popular styles. “Stouts aged in bourbon barrels are all the rage right now, and we'll be serving one made in the heart of bourbon country by Bluegrass Brewing Company in Louisville,” Ms. Jordan explained. “These tasty brews are sweet and complex, and not meant to quench your thirst on a hot summer day, but are perfect as a winter warmer,” she stated.

According to Ms. Jordan, Anchor Brewing Zymaster No. 6 Saaremaa Island Ale, a medium-bitter pale ale, is a unique brew inspired by a journey to an Estonian island in the Baltic Sea. Anchor's Brewmaster Mark Carpenter brought brewer's yeast native to Saaremaa Island back home with him from the island, then cultured his own special strain to attain the unique character he had so admired in the island's indigenous beers. “This deliciously distinctive ale transports beer-lovers on a journey, providing a little vacation to a unique place,” Ms. Jordan said.

Columbus' Elevator Brewing Company's Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale, a favorite from past “Irish Wave” parties will also be served. “This beer is a real winner, just like the Buckeye football team for which it was named,” Ms. Jordan commented. Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Hoppy Lager, and Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon will also be among the “Irish Wave” offerings.

“Irish Wave” sponsors are Second National Bank, The Andersons Marathon LLC, Edward Jones Investment representatives Ryan Carpe, Dave Connelly, Andria Haworth, Todd Subler and Bill Wolke, Dr. Thomas and Suzanne Brown, and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home. Proceeds from the event benefit DCCA's many programs including Arts In Education and the Family Theatre Series.

Tickets for “Irish Wave” are $35, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or, or purchased on-line at Tickets are also available at Montage Cafe.

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