It’s been some time since I updated this page and wanted to let you all know what the future of BAA is..
After spending the better part of 3 years on this project (Building/Openings/Demonstrations) the sculpture wound up in my tool house here on Tamarack Farmstead as my main test batch system for my (and partner Jay Bullen) soon to be open brewery in Amesbury, MA called BREWERY SILVATICUS
We are set to open this summer 2017, and since my new test system will be 7bbl’s, Brewing As Art will properly retire in our Brewery/Taproom. Although it will no longer be producing Beer, it will be on permanent display so that everyone that visits us can see the origins of the beer they are consuming as well as being able to appreciate the beautiful sculpture that my partner Scott Van Campen was able to execute…
I had my hand in the building of this sculpture but it was truly Scott’s vision and his artistic abilities that really brought it to life! I am forever grateful to have been able to work on this project with Scott and will always look back on the time we spent fondly as well as the 4 years I lived on Staten Island…
Scott and I ALWAYS envisioned BAA to finally retire in a brewery so the project is now officially come full circle. The added bonus to all of this is that it is retiring in MY BREWERY and I will get to enjoy it indefinitely…
I will fully document the sculpture arriving at the brewery the day it happens… Stay tuned!
Cheers for now!
It has been a busy year here at Tamarack Farm and it has not left much time for a social media presence as you can tell by my last post (January!)
I will recap the season complete with pictures when the work subsides but now the business…
I was going to put out the call to come and help with hop harvest this weekend but Caroline beat me to it with an e-mail to friends so I decided to repost it here:
Happy you have all had a wonderful summer. We will be harvesting hops this weekend at the farm and wanted to extend an open invitation to you all to stop by, pick some hops, taste some beer and enjoy the company of your friends and neighbors.
We will likely begin around 10AM on both Saturday and Sunday. We will have tables and tents set up in the hop yard. Please bring a pick-nick lunch if you plan to stay for the afternoon. Kids are welcome.
Feel free to come and go as you please and also to share this invitation with anyone else you feel might be interested in stopping by. Looking forward to seeing all who can make it!!
P.S. We will likely be picking Labor Day weekend for anyone who is unable to make it this weekend and would like to be part of the fun.
Caroline and Mark
I would like to add that there Will Be Beer!!!
Hope to see you all there!
Brewing As Art hits the road and for the first time making and appearance outside of NYC!
Tomorrow, (Sat. Sept.14th) @ 4pm, we will make a special guest appearance at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For those of you not in the know, Strawbery Banke is one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements in America dating back nearly 375 years. It serves today as a historic outdoor museum, event space and educational connection with the past…
“Passport 2013- A Craft Beer and Culinary Tour” is a collaboration with local chefs paired up with more than 20 craft breweries. Learn about beer styles and the cuisines they compliment!
Unfortunately, the event is SOLD OUT! But for those of our friends that are attending, come by and say HELLO and tip a pint with us!
Cheers for now…
A great piece ran on CBS News this morning about how Artists draw inspiration from Tragedy…
Scott’s piece in the gallery was a picture he took of the beached Tanker across the street from his studio and a frame he made from the ruined metal that was scattered thru out his shop…
Check it out:
As you all know by now, Hurricane Sandy devastated Staten Island and Brewing As Art was no exception. Scott’s shop sustained more damage than ever imagined and for obvious reasons BAA was not a top priority. A few weeks have gone by and I was in town for a visit, so we decided it was a good time to assess the damage to BAA.
First thing you noticed is the water line on the body just under the headlight! (About 3 ft) It is hard to imagine this much water actually swept thru the shop. This was no ordinary wave though, it was a combination of salt water, grease, dirt, silt, and every chemical Scott ever used in the shop.When I stripped the ball valves and all the stainless parts on the kegs there was a greasy film on it all that is pretty hard to remove. They are still currently soaking in my brew space here on Tamarack Farm.
After assessing the condition of the sculpture, we decided to fire it up to see if the gas lines we compromised. It barley lit up and we soon realized the there was still salt water in the burners! We pulled and cleaned all the gas lines and sure enough it burned like it’s old self.
We haven’t decided at this point how much we want to restore and how much we want to keep, it is something Scott and I are working out over the next few months and will keep you all posted on our progress…
In the meantime, I uploaded the pics from the day for you all to see…
Cheer till’ next time
Check out the latest piece written by our good friend Amy Zavatto about Extreme Brewing, Brewers pushing boundaries and of coarse Brewing As Art!
The Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island were the ones who gave us the seed money to get our Brewing Sculpture off the ground. We have a lot of respect and admiration for what they do and have done for the Art Scene in NYC and of coarse especially for Staten Island. We appreciate that they got our concept and saw in it what were seeking to accomplish and for that we will always be grateful…
Although we got our grant in 2010, we still show BAA frequently and are still receiving just as much positive response as we did when it was first built and shown. Thanks soo much to COAHSI for all their support and Thank You “Monica V” for such a flattering article!
In addition, the website for Brew Your Own Magazine has posted the article they wrote about BAA (Dec.2012) on their website for viewing, for those who have not seen it here it is:
Cheers for now…