If there’s a better combination than art and craft beer we just don’t know what it is. Opalka Gallery apparently feels the same way as they’ve just announced a pop-up beer garden series that brings together local brewers, artists and musicians. 

But that isn’t the only connection the gallery is hoping to make with the series. 

They aim to bring together surronding Albany neighborhoods  to bridge gaps and foster community. 

Opalka Gallery is surrounded by beautiful and historic neighborhoods that don’t have an obvious community gathering place. One of the objectives of the Pop-Up Beer Garden will be to invite nearby residents to gather here and meet with one another, fostering a sense of connection and community that can only be had through the sharing of space and experience. We hope to demonstrate the depth of resources right here in Albany – not only through the art at Opalka Gallery, but in our neighbors,” said Opalka Gallery Director Judie Gilmore in a statement. 

Musicians featured in the series include some of our favorites like Zan and The Winter Folk, Justin Hendricks and some of the Five Kill Records roster. 

Pop-Up Beer Garden installments will run from 6 –9 p.m. Here’s the full schedule:

September 6: In-faux-structure Reception / Jazz Night

Featured Brewer: Druthers

Music by Joe Barna’s Sketches of Influence with special guest Stacy Dillard

September 13: Celebrating 70 Years of Sage in Albany

Featured Brewer: Rare Form Brewing Co.

Music by Zan and the Winter Folk

September 20: Albany Neighborhood Block Party

Featured Brewer: CH Evans Brewing Co.

Music by The Magdalens 

September 27Students of New Scotland Ave.

Featured Brewer: Single Cut Beersmiths

Musical Showcase by Five Kill Records bands

October 4: Beer Lovers Night

Featured Brewers – variety of local nanobreweries

Music by Justin Henricks Boogaloo with special guest Amanda Case