With over 100 beers to try at the Hamilton Beer Festival, it can be difficult to choose which one is right for you! We’ve chosen to feature a few companies that will be at the festival to help you make a decision, starting with Collective Arts Brewing.
Here’s why we think you should get a sample from Collective Arts Brewing, a grassroots craft beer company that celebrates beer, music and art in a unique way.
1. Collective Arts helps emerging artists
When two creative minds — one a design professional and the other a beer industry veteran — come together, something amazing happens.
Collective Arts Brewing is the product of a partnership between Matt Johnston and Bob Russell. They feature artists from all over the world on their beer bottle labels, with a new artwork series released 4 times a year. Each series is curated by a panel of experts from the art and brewing communities.
July Talk, Said the Whale, The Zolas, PUP, Royal Wood and Indie 88 are just some of the big names that have been featured on the labels.
But Collective Arts has a mission to support emerging artists who may not be as well known. We’ve seen artists and musicians from Hamilton such as Thought Beneath Film, Hands & Teeth, and Steven Twigg featured on Collective Arts labels, as well as artists from the United States, Australia, the UK, and Spain!
Collective Arts not only brews great beers, but also supports creative minds in the community. Submit your artwork here!
2. Award Winning Beer
Rhyme & Reason: A beer with the same character as an American Indian Pale Ale (IPA) but with slightly less alcohol content and a less bitter taste.
– GOLD winner in the North American Style Pale Ale category at the 2014 Canadian Brewing Awards
– Rated 96 overall and 99 for style on ratebeer.com
Saint of Circumstance: A blonde ale that blends the bright flavours of Pacific Northwest hops with the zest of lemons and blood oranges. Can be described as ‘amazingly refreshing.’
– Not award winning… yet!
3. Collective Arts is Building a New Home in Hamilton
An old vacant brewery on Burlington Street in Hamilton will be brought back to life through a partnership between Collective Arts and Nickel Brook Brewing named ‘Arts & Science Brewing Ltd.’
Originally built in 1947, this building will once again become a place for great beer, but it will also act as a cultural hub for Hamilton artists. The brewery will occupy 40,000 square feet, and the other 10,000 will be dedicated to the retail store as well as a new art gallery and live music space.
“We recognize the current cultural renaissance happening in the city – much of it concentrated in the James Street North area,” said co-founder Matt Johnston. “We are confident Hamiltonians will embrace our commitment to excellence and creativity in our beer making and in our support of the arts.”
We will see you and Collective Arts Brewing at the Hamilton Beer Festival on August 23 and 24!
Hamilton Beer Festival
Friday, August 22 – 2:00 – 8:00
Saturday, August 23 – 12:30 – 7:00
2 King St. W., Hamilton, Ontario
Jackson Square, second floor, outdoor courtyard
Tickets: $30 for Friday, $32.50 for Saturday, $45 for 2 day pass
Tickets include entrance to the festival,
commemorative sampling glass and 3 drink tokens
*Note: The Hamilton Beer Festival is only open to those legal drinking age in Ontario (19+).