The beer garden will be in Atherton Square behind Cool Beans the first Friday of every month from May through October. Beer and wine will be sold from 5 to 9 p.m.
Although the Art Walk began this month, the permit process to sell beer and wine took longer than expected, pushing that aspect of Art Walk back a month, according to Vision 20-20 member Kee Carlisle.
The garden, advertised as gARTen for the Art Walk, is the result of a partnership with the Marietta-based brewery, Red Hare Brewing Co., Carlisle said.
Atlanta Beverage, Red Hare’s distributor, is working with the Welcome Center to provide the beer for the event, according to Maryclaire Andres, a member of the Welcome Center board.
The Art Walk committee is unsure about the availability of wine, but Andres said there will be beer and sangria from Abita.
“It’s just something new we’re trying out to bring more people to the Art Walk and the (Marietta) Square,” Andres said. “Adding beer and possibly wine is another incentive to come out.”
The festival, which has been going on for six years, always brings a large crowd, according to board member Donna Kreuger. The opening night this year brought thousands to the Square, she said, and adding alcohol sales will benefit the festival environment.
Any funds raised go back into the event to make the Art Walk bigger and better each year, Kreuger said.