The Art of German Beer

Adam Bennett and Josh Hare

Adam Bennett (left) & Josh Hare (right)

On October 19, the Blanton will host a German beer tasting that explores the connection between German beer culture and the art in Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540, the museum’s new exhibition. The event is co-presented with Edible Austin, and participating local breweries include Hops & Grain, Live Oak Brewing Company, Austin Beerworks, and Perdernales Brewing Company. To give you a sneak peek of what promises to be an awesome event, we’ve interviewed Adam Bennett, the Blanton’s manager of public programs, and Josh Hare, owner of Hops & Grain.

Austin is a big foodie town, an epicenter for craft brewing and an arts hub, so combining beer and art seems a natural pairing.

“We’re always looking for ways to connect the art on view at the Blanton to the Austin community, and one obvious connection for this exhibition is that contemporary brewers in Austin are making their beer in a similar way to what the brewers in Bavaria were doing 500 years ago” said Adam Bennett.

Brewery equipment“The food and art scene in Austin are perfectly positioned to include beer, and this encourages collaboration and consumption,” added Josh, whose mission is to enhance the sustainability of the planet, the community and culture through beer. Hops & Grain sells three beers year round that are available in cans and kegs. For the Blanton tasting, they’ll be bringing two of them: “Alteration,” and “The One They Call Zoe.” How are these beers linked to Germany? “Both beers are styles that mostly originated from regions in Germany,” explained Josh. “They are malt focused, balanced and clean.” The German brewing tradition is more structured and the German Purity Law still holds some control over production in Germany. “Breweries adhering to this do not add spices or ingredients outside of the four accepted ingredients—malt, hops, water and yeast,” said Josh.

Stack of barrelsAdam highlighted what attendees should expect to get out of the beer tasting: “First, that the art and history of Augsburg directly connect to our lives in Austin, second, that Germany is a very heterogeneous place, and third, that there are artisans in Austin and it’s worth thinking about how history and art can inform the creative decisions that we make in the present day whether we’re drawing, making music, designing clothes, making food or even beer.”

The beer tasting is currently at capacity, but folks can get on the wait-list by emailing publicprograms@blantonmuseum.org. Must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, please visit our website.

-Mary Parsamyan, Blanton PR & Marketing intern

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