What started out as a way to help out some of his friends turned into a weekly collaboration between Mile Wide Beer Co. Taproom Manager Palmer Dempsey and local artists. Every Sunday for the next two months, Mile Wide will be hosting a series of family friendly events for the entire community to enjoy.
Dempsey said he was looking for ways to support his community when, one day, he picked up his phone and started making calls to artists, jewelry sellers and other creative people he knew. Within two days, he had booked two months worth of events.
“I reached out and everyone was on board,” he said. “We would like to do even more events if the community has ideas.”
While most bars don’t allow children inside the premises, Mile Wide’s licensing agreement allows youngsters of all ages to join their parents and guardians within the walls of the downtown brewery.
In wanting to be as family-friendly as possible, and realizing that not all women were fans of beer, Dempsey created a list of $5 drink specials geared toward women that include mimosas, canned margaritas and a Bellini Spritz.
“We’re trying to give the ladies another option aside from beer,” Dempsey said. “We’re proud of our beer, but we know it’s not everyone’s drink.”
The series of Sunday collaborations will kick off today at 3 p.m. For $20, customers can participate in a Brushes & Brews painting class, where Liz Hough will be guiding painters through the process of creating a “Starry Night” landscape. Those interested can register for the class by contacting Hough at Brushes & Brews or via Milewide’s Facebook page.
On June 20, a Father’s Day Pop-up with Loper’s Extreme Chainsaw Art will start at 3 p.m. The free event will feature a wood-carving artist who will be on site creating and selling a number of handmade pieces.
On June 27, Mile Wide will hold a pop-up event featuring Meraki by Cailee, where customers can enjoy some drinks while browsing through a variety of polymer clay jewelry.
On July 4, Mile Wide will host Tie Dye on the Riverside with Nicholas Isbell of Midnight Moonlight Dyes & More. Starting at 4 p.m., customers can create their own tie-dyed artwork with the help of Isbell’s guidance. T-shirts and tie-dye materials will be provided.
On July 11, customers can shop through and order a variety of custom-made signs and trinkets made by J&K Wood Designs starting at 3 p.m.
On July 25, Vicki Miles will be at Mile Wide selling personalized crafts that range from vinyl decals to wooden signs to plastic cups.
Those interested in holding a pop-up at Mile Wide Beer Co. can call the brewery at 270-478-4520 or reach out via the company’s Facebook page.