Belfast Co-op will host a free tasting of Peak Organic Brewing Company beers and the opening for "Old Paint New Life," an art exhibit by Maine-born abstract "action" painter Eric Leppanen, Friday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Co-op Café.

Leppanen recycles paint, in his words, "to create a constellation of effects in both precision and serendipity." He will be in attendance to discuss his artwork, which will remain on display in the Co-op Café through late November.

Alex Selby, Peak Organic's Brew Master, will host this month's beer tasting, along with Jaap Helder from the Co-op's beer and wine department. As food pairings, the Co-op will be serving its own kielbasa, made with Peak Organic beer, State of Maine Cheese Company cheddar cheese, local apples and Raye's mustard, along with pretzels and crackers.  Participants must be at least 21 years of age to attend.

Friday, Oct. 30, is also the Co-op's monthly Love LOCAL Day, typically the final Friday of each month, when all products sourced in Maine are 10 percent off. These include Peak Organic beer, State of Maine Cheese Co. cheese, local apples, Raye's mustard, etc.

Peak Organic Brewing Company, based in Portland, is the first Non-GMO Project verified brewer in the country. The Non-GMO Project declared October as Non-GMO Month in 2010 as a platform to raise awareness on the GMO issue. Belfast Co-op shares the belief that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

All are welcome at the community-owned Belfast Co-op, open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at 123 High St. For more information, call 338-2532 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or