What started out as a way to help some of his friends has 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 host a series of family events for the entire community.
Dempsey said he was looking for ways to support his community when one day he picked up his phone and started calling artists, jewelry sellers and other creative people he knew. In two days, he had booked two months of events.
“I reached out and everyone was on board,” he said. “We would love to do some more events if the community has any ideas.”
While most bars do not allow children inside the premises, the Mile Wide licensing agreement allows young people of all ages to join their parents and guardians within the walls of the downtown brewery.
Wanting to be as family-friendly as possible and realizing that not all women are beer fans, Dempsey created a list of $ 5 drink specials for women that include mimosas, canned margaritas, and a Bellini Spritz.
“We’re trying to give the ladies an option other than beer,” Dempsey said. “We’re proud of our beer, but we know it’s not everyone’s drink.”
The Sunday Collaborative Series kicks off at 3 p.m. today. For $ 20, customers can participate in a Brushes & Brews painting class, where Liz Hough will guide painters through the process of creating a “Starry Night” landscape. Those interested can register for the course by contacting Hough at Brushes & Brews or through the Milewide Facebook page.
On June 20, a Father’s Day pop-up featuring Loper’s Extreme Chainsaw Art kicks off at 3 p.m. The free event will feature a woodcarving artist who will be on hand to create and sell a number of handcrafted pieces.
On June 27, Mile Wide will host a pop-up event featuring Meraki by Cailee, where patrons can enjoy a drink while browsing a variety of polymer clay jewelry.
On July 4th, Mile Wide will host Tie Dye on the Riverside with Nicholas Isbell of Midnight Moonlight Dyes & More. Starting at 4 p.m., guests can create their own tinted artwork with help from Isbell’s guidance. T-shirts and tie-dye material will be provided.
On July 11, customers can shop and order a variety of bespoke 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 custom crafts ranging from vinyl decals and wood signs to plastic cups.
Those interested in hosting a pop-up at Mile Wide Beer Co. can call the brewery at 270-478-4520 or contact through the company’s Facebook page.