Voodoo Homestead Offers Craft Brews and Savory Pub Grub; Kenny Blake Plays Backstage Bar (Tues., 12/19/17)

Voodoo Homestead provides an open-air ambience for both man and canine.

Voodoo Homestead provides an open-air ambiance. photo: Christopher Maggio.

1) It didn’t take long for award-winning Voodoo Brewery to outgrow its Meadville britches. The brewery’s not abandoning operations out of the small Crawford County seat. Rather, in January of 2015, the owners opened Voodoo Homestead, a satellite pub which sells only Voodoo beer. The pub offers 12 beers on draft, though do check their website for availability. For the uninitiated, we recommend HooDoo. With this IPA, Voodoo promises your taste buds a journey down the seven “Cs.” (That’s seven different hops beginning with the letter C.) From the taste of things, we’re guessing one of those Cs is citra, making this piney brew the perfect summer beverage. As for the location, the chalked menu harks to their Meadville base; the old hoses under the cast-iron stairs hark to the location’s old function: firehouse and municipal building. Add in some ceiling art, including God granting Adam a bottle à la the Sistine Chapel, and you’ve got a space as funky as the suds served inside it. The pub also sells snacks and growlers. 205 E. 9th Ave., Homestead. (CM)

2) At Theater Square, renowned saxophonist Kenny Blake is the featured performer for this Tuesday’s jazz series at Backstage Bar. His sound is a combination of traditional jazz with modern rhythm and blues.Swing, Latin, ballads, and standards are also musical components of Blake’s versatile repertoire. Blake, who’s released five solo CDs, has performed throughout the United State, Europe, and South Africa. No cover. 5 p.m. Theater Square. 655 Penn Avenue, Cultural District.