Collective Arts Brewing: Drinkable Art

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Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club
Featuring Collective Arts Brewing
–  September 2015 –

 

It’s not hard to get whimsical when thinking about beer, especially when you have a really tasty pint in front of you. Thoughts start streaming about how it was made, how the Brewmaster decided to use these hops over different hops or if using a certain grain would change how we enjoy it. When your mind wanders down that hole, you think about all of the subtleties and finesse that goes into a pint, at this point you realize brewing is truly art.

Collective Arts Brewing has taken their drinkable art and matched it with works of art by artists and musicians to create a new experience. Be sure to download the free Blippar mobile phone app to scan the label art to see it come to life – hear music, see videos and read about the artists featured on each label.

In this month’s Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case, you will find four of each:hiphops_large-292x300

Rhyme & Reason
Saint of Circumstance
State of Mind
Ransack the Universe
Stranger than Fiction
Stash – brand new! You are the first to receive this beer 

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Debbie & the Savvy Brew Crew



Collective Arts Brewing

Presented by Katy Watts

 

When we hear about the opening of a new brewery it’s often the same story – passionate homebrewer leaves corporate life to go professional. Collective Arts Brewing has a different start to the brewing story, but it begins with that same passion for creativity.

Beer is in their bloodMatt and Bob

Co-founders Matt Johnston and Bob Russell (right) are long time veterans of the beer industry: Matt, having worked as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Moosehead and the General Manager for The Premium Beer Company and Bob, a long time homebrewer and owner of Russell Branding, a design firm responsible for many breweries branding. Together they developed Hop City Brewing Company, a brewery that’s independently operated, but owned by Moosehead.

 Creating Partnerships

With their unique understanding of craft beer and the design behind it they launched their own business in 2013 – Collective Arts Brewing. Their goal was to fuse the creativity of craft beer with the talents of artists, musicians and filmmakers.

To achieve this, they initially gypsy brewed (where a brewing company without a physical brewery uses excess production at an existing brewery) at the Burlington Nickel Brook Brewery facility, then in mid-2014 the two companies partnered to build a new brewery  in the space that used to house Lakeport Brewing in Hamilton. Matt recalls, “We were both headed down a similar path; them needing to expand and us needing to build a brewery so we decided to go down that path together.” The facility was creatively named Arts & Science Ltd – ‘Arts’ from Creative Arts and ‘Science’ from Nickel Brook’s slogan, ‘A miracle of science’.

The partnership doesn’t stop there though; the two breweries also share a Brewmaster – Ryan Morrow.

Ryan has been with Nickel Brook since 2006 and took the reigns as Brewmaster in 2010. With Ryan’s experience at developing beer recipes and Matt and Bob’s vision, they’ve produced some distinct beers unique to Collective Arts. Now with their new retail location in Hamilton, they plan on serving up a few seasonal treats (you have 3 of them in your Taste Case!) alongside their regular offerings. “We wanted to create great beers that a range of different people and different palates will enjoy and then we’ll do wild and whacky,” teased Matt.

What’s in a Label?

logoWhile the quality of beer inside the bottle is important, Collective Arts also puts a lot of thought into the labels that adorn their beer bottles. “We have to be about beer first and then it’s about how we have that creativity fuel other creativity,” explains Matt.

Selected from a variety of submitted work (film, paintings, photographs, design, and sound) from around the world, each label is a new experience. Using the Blippar app to scan the label art you’re able to see it come to life and learn more about the artist that created it. It’s a unique way to discover different art forms while drinking it.

Currently they’ve featured over 343 artists and 41 Collective Arts Black Box Sessions. They are set to release the 5th series of bottle art on September 24th and submissions have already started for series 6.

To the Future!

With the retail shop just recently open to the public, it isn’t the end of Creative Arts expansion. Plans are already in place to introduce canning, expand to other formats and explore other markets. Matt explains, “We’re not a status quo company, we don’t like sameness. We like to approach things differently and we like change. We’ll always be evolving.” 

Here’s to Matt, Bob & the Collective Arts
Brewing team!

•Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes•

Katy shares her notes about each beer, along with her picks on what to serve … and some fun recipes too!

Rhyme & Reason

Labelled an Extra Pale Ale, this 5.7% ABV, 55 IBU (International Bitterness Unit) brew showcases the best of American hop flavour without being bracingly bitter.

Tasting Notes: Pouring a hazy orange with frothy off white head this brew gives off wonderful aromas of pineapple, passion fruit, pine and fresh cut grass. On the palate, the hop flavours come to life with more tropical fruit notes, grapefruit and sweet malt base to lend some balance. The carbonation is lower than you’d expect, offering an unexpected smoothness with a slight bite at the end.

Suggested Food Pairing: The tropical hop notes will compliment delicate meats and cuisines that have a lot of citrus. Serve alongside shredded chicken or fried fish tacos with fresh salsa and a squeeze of lime. Beef fajitas would also be a wonderful pairing as the caramelized crust on the grilled meat draws out more of that malt flavour.

 

Saint of Circumstance

This any occasion 4.7% ABV, 19 IBU Blonde Ale uses a mix of American hops, wheat and seasonal citrus zest to create a refreshing combination.

Tasting Notes: The hops and zest creates an interesting aroma combination that’s similar to a tropical ginger tea. On your first sip you’ll get a little bit of everything – lemon, orange, pineapple, and even some floral notes. This is a wonderful showcase of hop flavour without the lasting hop bitterness.

Suggested Food Pairing: There’s a lot of flavour in this beer, but pairing it with strong heavily spiced dishes will overwhelm it. Instead, go for Italian dishes with red or white sauces; Middle Eastern dishes like falafel and hummus or light flavoured fish.

 

State of Mind

Ringing in at 4.4% ABV and 38 IBUs, this India Pale Ale was brewed to be sessionable. Meaning, it has the full flavour and aroma of an India Pale Ale but with a lighter body and alcohol presence making it easier to drink over extended sessions.

Tasting Notes: Pouring a hazy yellow with fizzy white head, this is a lovely beer to smell. Amarillo and Centennial hops are shining with a somewhat floral bouquet with lemon-y citrus highlights.  The flavour is more of that citrus with floral notes supported by light malt sweetness. The body is fairly light with good carbonation making it an easy drinker.

Suggested Food Pairing: Session IPAs are better paired for activities and parties in my opinion! Although I suppose, the food that goes along with those get togethers works perfectly as a pairing – chips and dip, pizza, grilled meat, or loaded nachos.

 

Ransack the Universe

Brewed with hops from Myrtleford, Victoria in Australia and Yakima, Washington, this 6.8% ABV and big 85 IBU India Pale Ale has the honour of being a hemispheric hop mashup!

Tasting Notes:  With 6 different hop varieties used in various stages (bittering, flavouring and dry hopping) this IPA promises to take you on a flavour ride with your first sip. Wafting from the golden orange liquid is a juicy hop aroma of pine, resin, citrus, and mango with slight caramel malt at the end. This doesn’t have the bitter bite you’d expect, instead the tropical citrus and pine flavours are well balanced well by a solid malt base.

Suggested Food Pairing: This hefty IPA will stand up to a lot of flavour and the hops will help cut through fat and refresh your palate. Yes, I’m giving you permission to indulge in your favourite deep fried snack. While you’re at it, order in some Indian, specifically Chicken or Paneer Korma. Pay attention to how the spice affects the flavour of the beer and how the beer is able to scrub the palate of the yogurt-based sauce.

 

Stranger than Fiction

While most of Collective Arts brews showcase the magic of hops and the subtleties of different varieties and techniques to impart flavour and aroma, this 5.5% ABV Porter showcases the malt. Using 9 different grains, Brewmaster Ryan Morrow is able to coax out some amazing warm flavours.

Tasting Notes: Pour this into a snifter and enjoy the smooth dessert-like aroma of espresso, dark chocolate, toffee and raisin. The flavour is similar to the aroma (as co-owner Matt says, “Full of malty goodness), but with the added benefit of a fuller body and smoother mouthfeel making this brew a real treat to enjoy.

Suggested Food Pairing: While I like to enjoy a rich chocolate cake with this type of a brew, it may be a bit much for some palates. Instead try pairing it with a grilled beef steak or chargrilled vegetables – the coffee roast of the beer will enhance those delicious grill flavours. 

 

Stashcool logo

Stash Blonde Ale is the first canned offering from Collective Arts. Labelled a Blonde Ale, this 5% ABV has a whack of Cascade hop freshness that sets it apart from other Blondes and will keep you reaching for more.

Tasting Notes: Blondes Ales tend to be fairly straight forward, this is anything but. The addition of the Cascade hops really gives this a refreshing grapefruit aroma and flavour. Coupled with a decent amount of carbonation, this really has a great kick to it at the end that’s very refreshing.

Suggested Food Pairing: While Saint of Circumstance didn’t have the oomph to stand up to spicing, this brew has a bit more power. Don’t be afraid to pair it with beer battered fish and chips or spicy curry in a creamy sauce. The citrus hop power and bright carbonation are going to help scrub the fat from your palate so you can go in for another bite.

• Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops •

 

With Rhyme & Reason…

Garlic Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts
Serious Eats

photo credit: Serious Eats

 IngredientsGarlic Brussel Sprouts

1 lb brussels sprouts
¼ cup canola or vegetable oil
¼ cup pancetta, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ cups Rhyme & Reason
¼ cup vegetable stock
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Finely diced tomato, for garnish
Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for garnish

Method

Set up a steamer with 1 to 2 inches of salted water and bring the water to a rolling boil. Put the brussels sprouts in the steamer, cover, and cook until slightly tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and immediately transfer the brussels sprouts to a large bowl of ice water to halt the cooking and preserve their bright green color. Let them cool in the ice water for about 1 minute, then drain. Lay them on a clean dish towel and pat dry. Cut them in half vertically, right through the core.

In a large wok or cast-iron skillet, heat the oil over high heat until it begins to shimmer. Turn the heat down to medium. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to brown. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Turn the heat up to high; add the brussels sprouts, and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add Rhyme & Reason and continue to cook over high heat until the liquid is mostly evaporated. Deglaze the pan by adding the vegetable stock, stirring and scraping up any browned bits that may be affixed to the pan.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with the tomato and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Serve immediately.

 

With Saint of Circumstance…

Chicken in Creamy Beer Sauce
from The Beeroness

photo credit: The Beeroness

IngredientsChicken in beer sauce

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoon butter
¼ cup onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 oz wild mushrooms
½ cup Saint of Circumstance
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup parmesan

Method

Sprinkle salt and pepper on chicken thighs and add to a pan with butter over medium heat. Cook on both sides untiled brown (about 4 minutes per side). Remove chicken from pan.

Add onions and sauté until soft and translucent (about 3 minutes); add garlic and mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are soft (about 5 minutes). Add Saint of Circumstance, scraping the bottom to deglaze the pan.

Reduce heat to medium, add cream and stir. Add half of the cheese, stir until melted. Add the remaining half, stir until combined.

Add the chicken back into the sauce and cook until sauce has thickened (about 5 minutes). Serve over rice or pasta.


With Stranger Than Fiction…

Java Porter Cupcakes
from Tee & Cakes

photo credit: Tee & Cakes

Ingredientscupcake

1 cup Stranger Than Fiction
1 cup unsalted butter
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

Method

Preheat oven to 350°F and line cupcake pan with cupcake cups.

Bring 1 cup Stranger than Fiction and 1 cup butter to simmer in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth; allow to cool.

Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl.

Add porter-chocolate mix to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Pour batter into prepared liners.

Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean (about 15 minutes).

Ice using your favourite icing.


With Ransack the Universe

IPA Marinade
from Food Republic

photo credit: Katy Watts

Ingredientssteak

1 cup Ransack the Universe
¼ cup lime juice
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
½ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ pounds beef

Method

In a large zip top bag combine all ingredients.

Add steak and marinate in the fridge for 4 to 8 hours.

Fire up the BBQ & grill the steak to perfection.

 

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