Established in Hamilton, Ontario in 2013, Collective Arts Brewing is a grassroots craft brewery founded on two beliefs:
- “The first that creativity fosters creativity.”
- “And the second, that creativity yields delicious pints.”
By staying true to these beliefs, Collective Arts “aims to fuse the creativity of craft beer with the inspired talents of emerging artists and musicians” by featuring limited-edition works of art on [their] beer cans and labels.” This unique approach has since yielded a strong portfolio of beers “designed to be as diverse, creative, and unwavering as the artists profiled; respecting tradition, but not constrained by it.”
“Craft beer drinkers love to experiment with new and innovative beers. We’re committed to providing them with a one-of-a-kind beer experience through the creative collision of our beers, art and music,” says Matt Johnston, co-founder and CEO of Collective Arts Brewing. “With our event at Art Basel 2018 and the progressive art community in Miami, along with the thriving craft beer scene in Florida, we think it’s an exciting spot for us to dive in and integrate our beers.”
Beginning on November 10, ten representatives from Collective Arts Brewing will be “traveling throughout the [Sunshine State], kicking off their Florida expansion with a week’s worth of events featuring art installations, live music, and tap takeovers” (click here to see the full schedule of events). To infuse the festivities with a little Collective Arts style and flair, the brewery has also “partnered with four Miami-based artists to produce limited-edition beer cans as a way to celebrate their official launch.”
**If you are interested in learning more about these artists, their bios are available at the bottom of the post.**
As far as the beer goes, Collective Arts will launch in Florida with “a range of core beers . . . and a selection of rotating small batch brews.” The beers that are confirmed to be available at launch are as follows (descriptions sourced from the brewery’s website):
- Life in the Clouds | New England-style IPA – New to our core lineup, Life in the Clouds is our flagship New England style IPA. After experimenting with the Collective Project HAZY IPA we dialed in the Simcoe and Mosaic hops and malt balance to optimize this juicy IPA’s pleasantly fruit forward (think citrus and melon) taste and aroma. In keeping with the nouveau NEIPA tradition, Life in the Clouds is an unfiltered beer, neither overly-sweet nor bitter, with a pillowy mouth feel. Crack one, pour it in a glass, take a whiff, hold it up to the light and take a sip! Don’t you agree? ABV – 6.1% IBUs – 50
- Stranger Than Fiction | Porter – Stranger Than Fiction is a full-bodied porter with plenty of roast flavour with hints of molasses. Ridiculous amounts of chocolate and pale ale malts make this porter a smooth and creamy brew. ABV – 5.5% IBUs – 25
- Jam Up the Mash | Dry Hop Sour – To all our Collective Project Dry Hop Sour fans, we heard you. This brew is now part of our year-round lineup! After the never ending battle between the hop heads and sour lovers we decided to appease the two. Using Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand and Vic Secret from the Yakima Valley this mixed fermentation brew is juicy, sour and extremely refreshing. Sour & hops in perfect, thirst quenching, melody! ABV – 5% IBUs – 35
If you wish to get more familiar with this brewery and its beers but are unable to attend any of the launch events, the Collective Arts offerings listed above – and several others – will be available year-round in retail stores including Whole Foods and Total Wine, and bars and restaurants throughout Miami, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Jacksonville. Prost!
Bios for the Artists Participating in the Miami Series Art Cans Series
- ILL SURGE | @illsurge – SURGE, born in Los Angeles and raised in Miami, is a Postgraffisim artist, and has taken his bold, unmistakable style straight from his sketchbooks to the sun-stained streets of South Florida and beyond. Surge has worked with Brands like NIKE, Jameson Whiskey, the NBA, the Miami Dolphins, Microsoft, and Bloomingdales to name a few. It is the ability to be daring and free with his art that is ultimately closest to Surge’s heart.
- NATE DEE | @miaminate – Born and raised in South Florida, Nathan Delinois (Nate Dee) has numerous influences including his Haitian background and the use of color Haitian art, as well as in street art. The design quality of the Art Nouveau movement and the drama of Greek art from the Hellenistic. These elements can be seen in his work. Additionally, he takes some influences from the pop surrealists.
- DIDIROCK | @didirok – Diana Contreras (b. Peru, 1981) has established herself as an influential Miami artist. From painting murals in the Urban Art scene to exhibiting canvas pieces in galleries, her work has been seen in exhibitions and private collections in several parts of the world including Street Art Dubai Gallery in Dubai.
- JAY BELLICCHI | @remoteroc – Jay Bellicchi (REMOTE) a Boston transplant, has taken his place in the Miami art scene as a dynamic artist influenced by his history in graffiti and graphic design. His father was a successful artist and graphic designer who inspired him at a young age. In the 1980’s, Jay was further influenced by hip-hop music and the elements surrounding it. It was within the hip-hop culture that he discovered the element of graffiti art and was given the name by which he is still known today, REMOTE.