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June 12 & 13: Beer Project at MFA

Posted By LocalShops1, Friday, May 22, 2015

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, in partnership with Green Bench Brewing, is proud to present a two-day event that celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of home brewing. The museum is at 255 Beach Drive NE in downtown St. Petersburg.

Beer + Art Lounge
7-10 pm Friday, June 12, 2015
Tickets are $60 per person at

Five local brewing companies craft beers inspired by selected works in the Museum’s collection. Taste their “liquid” works of art in a themed lounge designed by local shops. Music will be provided by The Super Stars Band with Ronnie Dee, with select hors d’oeuvres at each lounge by Olympia Catering.  Along with each of the featured beer and painting pairings, local antique and furniture stores have created settings also inspired by the selected works of art. 


Here are the participating brewing companies and the local shops designing their settings:


Barley Mow Brewing Co: Jay Dingman hails from Fort Plain, NY but has made Dunedin his home while establishing Barley Mow Brewing in Largo. Inspired by the "beautiful simplicity" of the "untouched Florida" in Thomas Moran's Florida Landscape, Jay is crafting a beer that is "tropical and a little wild" to exhibit at our Friday, June 12 event.  Central Oddities will design the setting inspired by Thomas Moran’s Florida Landscape.

Pair O'Dice Brewing Co.: Kenneth Rosenthal  has been brewing for 11 years. When we asked Rosenthal what was the craziest ingredient he has added to a beer, his reply was "marshmallow fluff." Hmm, wonder if that paired well with a s'more near the campfire? We are also anxiously wondering how he will capture the "familiar objects placed in unexpected combinations" in Theo Wujcik's Canto II, 1997 into a specially crafted beer  Zazoo’d will design the setting.

Green Bench Brewing Co.: Like a sculptor or painter, head brewer Khris Johnson approaches his subject matter by pulling from his surroundings and experiences. The romantic depiction of North Africa in Addison Thomas Millar’s The Choice Rug drew Khris to really look at the location and research the “many ingredients native to these areas that are not being used by brewers.” Using those ingredients, he is crafting a beer for the Friday evening event. Tree House Gallery will design the setting.

7venth Sun Brewing: Justin Stange is familiar with Sudachi, a “forbidden” sour citrus fruit (forbidden in the loose sense because it is not eaten as a fruit). The flavor has provided a source of experimentation to create citrus profiles in his beers. For his art-inspired brew, Justin focused on Allison’s Massari’s The Healer, which made him concentrate on the “shapes surrounding the woman.” They “inspire a bright and effervescent beer … a fruited Brett Berliner Weisse.”  Being – the Art of Living will design the setting.

Cigar City: Head brewer Wayne Wambles shared with us the recipe for the liquid interpretation of the Phumbu Mask from Eastern Pende, Zaire.  He was “most excited about the media” used to make the mask and researched African woods to incorporate into the beer.  We were able to smell the gorgeous piece of African Padauk that he choose and look forward to tasting its flavor.  As a libation artist with over 19 years of active brewing, Wayne is sure to create another masterpiece. Tampa Bay Furnishings will design the setting.  

Public Home Brew Tasting & Awards
Noon to 3 pm Saturday, June 13, 2015

Tickets are $35 each at
Activities include tasting, galleries, artfully designed cornhole board games and more. Award winners will receive custom beer trophies designed by Duncan McClellan Glass and DMG Studio Manager, Jacob Stout.

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