The event that combines art and beer — two undeniable Austin favorites — returns Saturday bigger than ever, with 32 breweries, 38 artists, 6 bands and more.
As Art of the Brew has done in the past, local artists have paired up with breweries like Live Oak Brewing, Black Star Co-op and Community Beer Co. in Dallas, learning the story behind each beer maker and coming up with a corresponding piece of art — whether it’s sculpture, a painting or multimedia work. (This year, performance art is also something we’ll see.)
New this go-round is that some of the breweries have collaborated with the artists to make a special one-off beer available only at Art of the Brew. Event co-organizer Austin Nelsen, who helped to launch this passion project in 2013, said that about 15 of the breweries will be pouring these special suds.“We finally achieved our dream of actually getting brewers to collaborate with artists in terms of making one-off collaboration beers,” he said, noting that he and his team were able to make this element of the event happen because of planning much earlier in the year.
Among the breweries providing these one-offs are Pinthouse Pizza, Last Stand Brewing, North by Northwest and the not-yet-opened Brewtorium, a North Austin brewpub.
The Brewtorium and artist Matthew John Winters, whose day job is at the Contemporary Austin, decided to make a saison and incorporate lemon thyme and rose hips, which Winters wanted to forage from the Contemporary’s Laguna Gloria grounds. Saisons are a specialty of the Brewtorium’s co-founder Chris Rauschuber, Nelsen said, and a favorite beer style of Winters.
And Pinthouse Pizza and artist Emily Cayton have made a dry-hopped White IPA. “She likes wheat beers and Pinthouse kills it with the IPAs. So they mingled their common interests,” he said. “The creativity on the artists’ side is being taken into consideration with the one-off beers.”
Also at Saturday’s Art of the Brew is live music from Sounds Del Mar, Tinnarose, a Giant Dog and other bands. Food will be provided by the Texas Chili Queens, Wholly Cow Burgers, Wunderpig Barbeque and Saigon Le Vendeur.
And if you’d like a VIP pass — or to give an early donation, to help the event remain free — the Art of the Brew website is offering perks, including homemade beer steins from ceramicist Scott Proctor.
The free Art of the Brew is from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth St. For more information, visit artofthebrew.org.