Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Beer & Art

Low Dive is about to jump into our 20th beer brewed. We've made some great beers and learned quite a bit in the last year and a half. We're about to take the next step in doubling our normal batch sizes from five to 10 gallons. It's been fun learning, experimenting, and of course drinking these beers, so I'm excited for our next 20. Yesterday in fact, we bottled our oak-aged barleywine ale, Malevolence, clocking in at a hefty 17.75% abv. We brewed it on Halloween, so it was nice finally getting that in bottles. I suspect we'll try a bottle in a couple months, but the rest will likely be resting in the cellar to allow the alcohol to mellow and the flavors to balance out. But it did taste quite well I must say. Here's to hoping I get to drink our beer with each and every one of you in the near future!

I'm getting back to painting which feels good. More on that later.

Shawn Smith has a show opening at Oh No! Doom this Friday titled Monster March. Shawn's been doing big things lately, so I'm curious to see what he brings. Oh No! Doom moved into a new spot this year also, and if you haven't been yet, you should go based on that alone. Good people and a dope space.

Won is a good friend, and he along with Jarrett Spiegel have been working on this show for the last several months (when he wasn't cooking, Painting signage at your local watering hole/big-ass Whole Foods or DJing). I've personally not been to the Beer Run Gallery yet. I know a couple of the artists that run it, so I'm excited to see them along with Won's work.
Pay it a visit. I'll be there. What more could you want??

It's Midwest Craft Beer Month at all Binny's locations in August. Find your favorite libations or better yet, use this sale as an opportunity to try something new. ALWAYS SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BREWERIES, but more importantly, please support the entire craft/micro beer movement. It's certainly growing in popularity, but it could still use your help.

Half Acre
announced the release of a highly anticipated collaboration between them, Short's Brewing and Jonathon Cutler from Piece. I cannot wait to try this. Freedom of '78 (Pure Guava IPA) will be released Friday, August 6!

Jason Brammer
teamed up with sculptor Jason Hawk for a collaborative exhibition titled "Finding the Future" as part of the Pop-Up Art Loop at 240 S. State
tonight from 5-8. I think it's safe to say that their work will surely entertain.



  1. Hey Drew. It's the Matt that you run into at beer stuff all the time. Just kinda stumbled onto your blog here. I have to ask how the hell you guys managed to arrive at a 17+% ABV beer. Well done! Extremely difficult to do on a homebrew level. What was your OG/FG? Gotta be pushing 1.15-1.17
    Anyway...I've been kinda dormant with the scene lately but I'm sure I'll run into you guys sooner or later.

  2. matt! whats goin on man... thanks, yeah our OG was 1.16 and we finished at 1.026. it was our first ever all-grain batch. we ended with much less volume than we had intended.

    see ya at FOBAB?? some of us are thinking about checking out darkness day this october also.