In conjunction with Shine A Light, an event set to host a series of performances, time-based art actions, music, and more, Art & Beer returns to the Portland Art Museum. Now in its second year, thanks to the work of organizer Eric Steen, Art & Beer seeks to continue in offering a unique juxtaposition of two of Portland’s favorite commodities.
Hopworks brewmasters Christian Ettinger and Ben Love were struck by a sculpture piece by Rick Bartow titled Ursa Major in which a winged bear made of hinged wood appears to transport a perching bird along for the ride. Barrow, a native of Newport, Oregon, draws on his Native heritage as well as some distinct European stylistics. Ettinger attests that “Ursa Major held my attention longer and required more study than any other art piece” and that it brought back some nostalgia from his youth. He also likened the “rough, pegged fasteners and raw construction” to a sense of industrialism evident in the brewery. For this, Ettinger and Love questioned what food the bear and passenger would find in their journey through the sky and imagined perhaps moked salmon, wild berries and nuts. This lead to the ingredients of am alder-smoked Pilsner malt beer brewed on Hopworks’ nano brew system featuring locally sourced huckleberries and hazelnuts.