The Acadiana Center for the Arts offers up a cool event every summer as its primary fundraiser. Gulf Brew 2012 is an annual tribute to beer that includes dozens of brewmasters, food and ongoing entertainment from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at downtown Lafayettes Parc International. The fun happens in a large air-conditioned tent so it doesnt get much cooler than this. Its a little like Christmas in July, said ACA Director Gerd Wuestemann. Cool beers in a cool atmosphere and thats pretty impressive for Louisiana. Brewmasters hail from around the Southwest region and beyond, offering more than 150 fine craft and specialty brews. There will also be on-site brewing demonstrations, a gaming area, educational brewers tent and more. Tickets are $25 for general admission and VIP tickets are $75 and include early admission and access to the VIP tent with special beer selections, food and VIP restrooms. A designated driver (non-taster) ticket is available for $15. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Acadiana Center for the Arts. For more information, or a list of participating breweries, visit