Toronto’s newest brewery is having an art attack! Founded by Matt Johnston and Bob Russell, Collective Arts Brewing combines two artistic endeavours – craft brewing and the creative arts industry to produce some truly awesome ales.
It makes sense – craft brewing and the arts are a natural fit as both pursuits thrive on creativity, collaboration and originality. A�For Matt and Bob, Collective Arts Brewing presents a unique, thirst-quenching way for the owners (and fellow craft beer lovers) to support emerging artists and the arts community.
With a limited-edition first run of labels designed by 93 carefully curated artists, photographers, filmmakers and musicians, from within the province and beyond, each bottle from Collective Arts Brewing is literally a work of art. A�The first series features Toronto artists Samantha Chiusolo, Ashley Floreal and Dan Springer A�The next art label series is slated for mid-December of this year (how’s that for a good-looking holiday gift?).
Tell me about the beers you say? We’re glad you asked! Here are a few more details from Collective Arts Brewing themselves:
This ale showcases the very best hops have to offer. At onlyA�5.7% abv., it�s far more sessionable than your typical American IPA. The i��avour andA�aroma of Citra, Centennial, Chinook and Simcoe hops prevail without excessiveA�bitterness for maximum drinkability. Malt sweetness of Pale Ale, Crystal Carafoam andA�Wheat Flakes in the background complements the hops for a crisp i�?nish.
Saint of Circumstance, Citrus-Infused Blonde AleA�
Saint of Circumstance is an easy drinking blonde ale with a twist. Infused with the zestA�of oranges and lemon citrus fruits, the refreshing i��avour is complemented with Citra,A�Amarillo and Sorachi Ace hops, which also have wonderful citrus proi�?les. The result isA�a remarkably smooth blonde ale with just the right amount of zing.
Next on tap – the brewery is already hard at work on a Double IPA and a Saison. A�Collective Arts Brewing are aiming to be gypsy brewers, planning to partner and collaborate with other brewers and brewmasters. A�Currently, their brewmaster-in-residence is Ryan Morrow, who’s splitting his time between the new brewing company and Nickel Brook Brewery, where he has worked since 2006, creating a bevy of awesome, award-winning brews.
Want to go behind the bottle? Thanks to some pretty nifty BLIPPAR technology, each bottle has a barcode that when scanned using the BLIPPAR app on a smartphone connects the beer lover to interactive links about their bottle’s featured artist, including their bio and other works.