Brew & View offers triple advantage

Want to get some free beer and have a good time? Or rather, who doesn’t? If you’re over 21, here is the new event on campus for you: Brew and View.

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center (PAC) Director Michael Fuhrman and Assistant Marketing Manager Michelle Ellia came up with this novel idea called Brew and View.

“(We) have been kicking around the idea of doing an event like this for some time now. It was really a joint effort,” Ellia said.

She explained that larger cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Cleveland serve alcohol in movie theaters.

The PAC soon ran into issues while exploring this. First, the PAC is a concert hall and does not allow food or beverages inside the venue. Also, Mercyhurst does not have a liquor license allowing it to sell alcohol.

After much deliberation, they met with a representative from Erie Beer who was able to secure samples from microbreweries all over the county. The Cornerstone Bar & Grill will provide free food. They also decided to have the ‘brew’ part of the event in the Cummings Art Gallery before the movie showing.

The first movie in this series is the classic comedy “Animal House.” Movies from other genres will follow, including “Death at a Funeral,” “Brazil” and “Fresh.”

The first Brew and View will be held tonight at 6:30 and 7:15 p.m.

Ellia said, “The whole purpose of Brew and View is to provide an event where people can enjoy some drinks, food and have conversation about some good films.”

Brew and View will continue on the last Wednesday of each month for the rest of the year, and is free to students.

Only those over 21 will be allowed into the beer tasting, but everyone can go to the film as long as they have a ticket. They are available in the PAC Box Office and free for students with Mercyhurst ID.