On Saturday, December 6 from 1-6pm, the annual craft beer and art extravaganza of Screens ‘n’ Suds returns to Richmond in a new venue. The event, which will feature art vendors, Screens ‘n’ Suds’ beer inspired art print series, the release of five exclusive small-batch brews, and a world class taplist, will take place for the first time at The Answer Brewpub. As in past years, all proceeds from Screens ‘n’ Suds beer and art sales will benefit National MS Society and Gallery5, and for the first time, will support Richmond tattoo artist Amy McFadden’s Pink Ink Fund. Also for the first time, the event will feature a VIP experience which will include free merchandise and a private rare and vintage beer tasting hosted by Richmond celebrity bartenders! VIP ticket details will be announced in the coming weeks.
To date, Screens ‘n’ Suds’ beer and art fundraising activities in Richmond, Chicago, and beyond have raised over $100,000 for charities including National MS Society, Faison School for Autism, Virginia Association of Free Clinics, Gallery5, Young Artists of Virginia, and others, and in 2014 Screens ‘n’ Suds was chosen as one of three finalists in the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ National Philanthropy Award.
Screens ‘n’ Suds was started at Richmond’s Capital Ale House in 2009 as a way for Brian Gearing and Ric Hersh to finally get the poster show they wanted. Screens ‘n’ Suds has since collaborated with six Virginia breweries and over 50 participating artists from around the country, many of whom have created posters for national music artists including The Black Keys, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and many more.
The Screens ‘n’ Suds 2014 print series continues Sam Verrill’s mission to marry beautiful art to great causes. Seven years ago, he launched Screens ‘N’ Spokes, an art show and bike team, to benefit the Greater Delaware Valley chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. To-date, over 150 prints have been produced between the Spokes and Suds series, and including events, the team has raised over $200,000 for the MS 2014 continues Screens ‘n’ Suds Small Batch Brew Series, started in 2012 with a collaboration between Hardywood Park Brewery and Richmond screen print artists Itty Bitty Press, which yielded the inaugural brew, Quadrawine.
This year’s series features seven beers from six Virginia breweries: Hardywood Park, Three Brothers, Strangeways, O’Connor Brewing, and a collaboration between Champion Brewing and Lickinghole Creek. All the Screens ‘n’ Suds beers will be on draft at the event, as well as for sale in limited release bottles with label art designed by Screens ‘n’ Suds artists.
The event will also feature concert posters, art prints, wearables, and other merchandise, as well as the 2014 Screens ‘n’ Suds Print Series, featuring artists including Plastic Flame Press, Stronge Designs, Itty Bitty Press, Bizhan Khodabandeh, Ashley Phipps, Christian Leaf, Subject Matter Studios, Nicole Gomez, and more to be announced.