Capturing a killer photograph of a beer is a task that many craft beer fans indulge in, sometimes successfully and artistic, others times not so much. One Oregonian has taken this a step further with his first professionally produced calendar. Matt Mioduszewski is set to release the 2016 Oregon Beer Calendar in December 2015.
Matt has taken his love of Oregon craft beer and the scenic beauty of Oregon in his photography to produce an amazing wall calendar. The Oregon breweries that are features in the 2016 Oregon Beer Calendar include the following 12 breweries; Caldera Brewing, Fort George Brewery, Worthy Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Gilgamesh Brewing, Crux Fermentation Project, Base Camp Brewing Company, Alameda Brewing Co., Fearless Brewing Company, Mazama Brewing, Block 15 Brewing, and GoodLife Brewing Company.
This is Matt’s first professionally produced calendar that is now for sale to the general public. But this is not the first calendar that Matt has produced. “For the last 7 years I’ve made personal calendars with online print-houses for family and friends that feature landscape photography from my adventures, I usually print around 40 copies,” states Matt.
Working with and gaining the approval of all 12 breweries involved was Matt’s first step in the calendar making process. But it was back in 2007 when he and his now wife relocated to Oregon from Michigan that began his love of Oregon and its scenic beauty and great craft beer.
“Most of my beer photography happens in Oregon and a majority of the beers I shoot are Oregon or Northwest based. An Oregon Beer calendar seemed like one of the best ways to showcase my photographs and Oregon breweries in a printed format,” says Matt.
Photography has been a hobby for Matt that has now become taken up a larger portion of his life. “It’s certainly not my day job, but I have developed some professional relationships with it, so to some degree I am. I’ve loved photography since high school and have continually aspired to improve my technique, equipment, and the exposure of my work. I started Mountainbrewski Photography this year as a more formal way to showcase my outdoor beer shots and interact with breweries. If photography could be my primary livelihood one day, that would be incredible.”
Craft beer became a portion of Matt’s life back in 2006. It was his wife that made him more aware of this movement. He adds, “Credit here must go to my wife who had lived in Germany and been steeped in their beer culture. When we met I didn’t know a good beer from my…Well, she didn’t tolerate me bringing macro stuff around and turned me onto some of the fine Michigan craft beers.”
When pressed on his favorite craft beer he replies like many craft beers fans would when this question is asked of them. “This question isn’t fair. But I’m gonna have to go with my favorite Brewery, Fort George, and their seasonal Java the Hop. It’s just a perfect beer for me, I love coffee and I love IPAs. They nailed it! Still have a few cans hoarded away in the beer fridge.”
Currently the only way to order a 2016 Oregon Beer Calendar is through Matt’s Kickstarter project where he has already met his goal. There are only a few days left to participate in the Kickstarter that for only $15.00 one can get their hands on this new calendar and shipped to them prior to the new year. Check out all of the Kickstarter packages here. If there is still demand after the Kickstarter is over he plans to open a webstore to fulfill additional orders.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.