Art & Beer: Pitchering Oregon is a statewide exploration of landscape, art, place, and history, through the lens of Oregon craft beer and cider making. The event will bring together 18 different pieces of artwork from the museum’s permanent collection, each paired with an Oregon brewery or cidery. The artwork that is all part of the similarly titled exhibition Picturing Oregon, features Oregon landscapes from Greater Portland, the Coast, Willamette Valley, the Columbia River Gorge/Mount Hood, Central, Eastern, and Southern parts of the state. This exhibition is currently on view in the Northwest galleries.
Brewers and cider makers from each of these regions are creating one-of-a-kind beers and ciders that are inspired by the artists and the surrounding landscapes represented in the chosen selected artworks.
If you missed the sold out Art & Beer event three years ago we highly recommend attending this year. Tickets are now on sale and can be obtained by clicking here.
More details on Art & Beer: Pitchering Oregon from the event’s press release…
“With Art & Beer: Pitchering Oregon, we are once again experimenting with the dIfferent ways works of art can be interpreted and experienced at the Museum,” said Stephanie Parrish, Portland Art Museum Associate Director of Education and Public Programs. “Since our first Art & Beer event with artist Eric Steen in 2009, we’ve seen how bringing the creativity of brewers into conversation with works of art is an incredible springboard for experimentation in both the beer and art museum worlds.”
Of the 18 featured works of art, 12 will be coming out of Museum storage and shown exclusively at this event. The Museum’s entire catalog of art depicting Oregon landscapes and places is available for viewing in the Museum’s Online Collections (Picturing Oregon).
What will some of these Oregon art-inspired beers and ciders look, smell, and taste like? A few examples include:
Trevor and Linsey Rogers, de Garde Brewing co-founders have conjured the beer “Ferme et Forêt,” inspired by an iconic painting by Michael Brophy of a vast timber clear cut. Their recipe features dessicated hops, fresh hops, and spruce tips in a highly composed blended beer.
Heater Allen Brewing head brewer Lisa Allen has developed the aptly named, “Block House Beer” with oak-smoked wheat malt, rye malts, and a heritage form of barley inspired by Constance Fowler’s woodblock print of the Yamhill Block House, which is in Dayton, Oregon.
Inspired by a vintage 1930s print of Temple Beth Israel by photographer Henry Berger, Jr., Sonia Marie of Leikam Brewing presents “The Kuppel,” a kosher beer brewed in collaboration with a Rabbi from Temple Beth Israel.
“Slough Motion,” a foraged beer from Hopworks Urban Brewery inspired by Lily White’s image of a pre-industrial Columbia River Slough includes lichens, wild fennel canes, toasted Black Cottonwood bark and Big Leaf Maple leaves.
“Art & Beer: Pitchering Oregon will be an extraordinarily unique beer event,” said Oregon-based artist and founder of Beers Made By Walking, Eric Steen. “It brings together breweries from the coast to the valley and to the easternmost reaches of Oregon for the purpose of reinterpreting artwork of our beautiful state. I love that the Portland Art Museum continues to actively pursue building connections between their collection and the craft that has made this state the best beer region in the country!”
What: General Admission to Art & Beer: Pitchering Oregon includes museum admission, a commemorative glass, an art/beer program booklet, and 10 tasting tokens (each token = one 3 ounce pour). Attendees will choose from 16 beers and two ciders crafted just for the event and inspired by artwork from the Picturing Oregon collection.
In addition to the grand tasting, the event includes a variety of interactive elements including: informal brewer and curator chats alongside the featured artworks, museum docent tours of beverage-themed works of art, a sensory/smell experience highlighting local/regional ingredients that went into making some of the beers, and even Super 8 film processing demonstrations using different types of beer led by the NW Film Center.
The special VIP Brewers Brunch includes the Art & Beer event elements outlined above along with a hearty buffet brunch, early access to the beer, cider and artwork, and lively presentations from participating craft brewers and curators in a more intimate setting.
Who: 18 brewers from seven regions around the state will present their original beers and ciders and give short talks at designated times.
When & Where: November 4, 2017 – see event times below
Little Beast (Beaverton) – PHOTO: Shawn Records, Near Five Oaks, from the series Beaverton,
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider – PAINTING: Childe Hassam, Oregon Still Life, 1904.
Widmer Brothers Brewing – PHOTO: Minor White, Untitled (Grain Elevators), ca. 1939
Heater Allen Brewing – PRINT: Constance E. Fowler: Yamhill Block-House, from the series The Old Days: In and Near Salem,
McMenamins (Salem) – PRINT: Constance E. Fowler, Lincoln Wade’s Store, from the series The Old Days: In and Near Salem,
Wildcraft Ciderworks – PAINTING: Norma Driscoll Gilmore, Untitled (Skinner’s Butte with Industrial Area Below), 1950.
Deschutes Brewery (Bend) – PAINTING: Charles Heaney, Black Butte, 1917.
de Garde Brewing – PAINTING: Michael Brophy, Harvest,
Fort George Brewery – PAINTING: Mark Andres, Nocturne (Astoria), 2015.
Standing Stone Brewing – PAINTING: Frank Vincent DuMond, Sketch of Table Rock Near Medford, 1911.
Steens Mountain Brewing – PHOTO: Drex Brooks, Rick, Barb, Jackie, and Michelle at Hot Springs – Juntura, Oregon, from the series Ranch Pictures 1981-1986, 1981/1986.
Terminal Gravity Brewing – PHOTO: Minor White, Wallowa Mountains at Enterprise, Oregon, ca. 1940.
pFriem Family Brewers – PHOTO: Lily White, Evening on the Columbia, 1903/1905.
Art & Beer: Pitchering Oregon is sponsored by the Oregon Beverage and Recycling Cooperative (OBRC), whose BottleDrop Redemption centers collect high volumes of recyclables throughout the state. OBRC’s new BottleDrop Refill program collects bottles for refill by Oregon brewers, offering an innovative, cost-effective solution to expand the beverage industry’s stewardship efforts and help sustain the environment Oregonians treasure. Wells Fargo is the presenting sponsor of the Portland Art Museum’s 125th anniversary year.
About the Portland Art Museum
The seventh oldest museum in the United States, the Portland Art Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions drawn from the Museum’s holdings and the world’s finest public and private collections. The Museum’s collection of more than 45,000 objects, displayed in 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of arts of the native peoples of North America, English silver, and the graphic arts. An active collecting institution dedicated to preserving great art for the enrichment of future generations, the Museum devotes 90 percent of its galleries to its permanent collection. The Portland Art Museum recognized both Native American art and Photography as fine art years earlier than peer institutions, with a commitment to collection in these areas and the dedication of permanent galleries for displaying the work. This ongoing commitment is demonstrated in the arc of Native American exhibitions in 2016 and 2017 and a new space for showcasing Contemporary Native Art.
The Museum’s campus of landmark buildings, a cornerstone of Portland’s cultural district, includes the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, the Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, the Schnitzer Center for Northwest Art, the Northwest Film Center, and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Center for Native American Art. With a membership of more than 22,000 households and serving more than 350,000 visitors annually, the Museum is a premier venue for education in the visual arts. For information on exhibitions and programs, call 503-226-2811 or visit portlandartmuseum.org.
The Portland Art Museum welcomes all visitors and affirms its commitment to making its programs and collections accessible to everyone. The Museum offers a variety of programs and services to ensure a quality experience and a safe, inclusive environment for every member of our diverse community. Learn more atportlandartmuseum.org/access.The press kit for Art & Beer: Pitchering Oregon is available online at thislink.
About Eric Steen
Eric Steen is an artist, award-winning teacher, and Marketing Manager at Hopworks Urban Brewery. He is the founder of Beers Made By Walking, a program that invites brewers around the country to make beer inspired by plants found on regional hikes. He has created art for Performa, Food Book Fair (NY), Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (UK), Denver Beer Week during the Great American Beer Festival (CO), and more. His work has been featured on NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Outside Magazine, and in 2015, Imbibe Magazine named him one of “75 people and places that will change the way you drink in 2016.”
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 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 Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.