Brewing As Art retiring @ Brewery Silvaticus!

Hey Everyone,

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!




Hop Harvest 2014

Hello All!
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!

BAA will be @ Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, NH Tomorrow!

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…




Scott’s Art inspired by Sandy on CBS News This Morning!

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:



BAA Badly Damaged in Sandy but Lives to Brew Again!

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


BAA on Fox News.com

Check out the latest piece written by our good friend Amy Zavatto about Extreme Brewing, Brewers pushing boundaries and of coarse Brewing As Art!



BAA Feature on inSIde

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…

So it was nice to see the piece that they wrote about us in their online presence inSIde called Grantee Yearbook.

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…


BAA in the December Issue of Brew Your Own Magazine!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

As I mentioned in the last post, Brewing As Art is featured in the December issue of Brew Your Own Magazine! It is a fairly in depth article concentrating on the art/construction side of the project. Glenn BurnSilver did a wonderful job of outlining our vision for the Sculpture and was beautifully framed with images taken by Mike Shane during the construction process in Scott’s metal shop; NY Custom Fabricators. I believe it is the best piece written to date on our “Franken-Brewery”

As many of you know, BAA was sitting under 3 feet of water in Scott’s Shop due to Hurricane Sandy. Over the last few weeks Scott has been busy trying to get his life back in order so we have not at this point addressed the damage to the Sculpture.That said, Scott tells me he is confident it will brew again so stay tuned for updates…

Here’s the PDF if you can’t wait to get the print copy:


Cheers for now…


Good News/ Bad News!

Hey Everyone!

There is some good news AND Bad news to report on the Brewing As Art front…

First the good news, We have a great piece written about us in the new issue of Brew Your Own Magazine! It has a ton of photos and I even got some of my recipe’s in the article as well!  For those of you who know me, this is special because of my passion for brewing so I would like to Thank Glenn BurnSilver for the article. Cheers Brother! Originally when Scott and I participated in the article it was not expected to run until the New Year because all of the years issues were supposedly already written, so this came as a complete and welcome surprise!

Full disclosure, I still haven’t seen it because I didn’t get my copy in the mail yet! As soon as I get it, I will scan and post it for all to see…in the meantime look for it at your news stand, it is the December 2012 issue.

Now the bad news…

By now everyone is aware of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and what it did especially to my former home Staten Island. Well unfortunately, Scott’s metal shop New York Custom Fabricatorsis only a couple of hundred yards from the Staten Island waterfront and the metal shop was under 3 feet of water from the Narrows…

I had been hesitant to post about this because Scott lost a great portion of his livelihood in the flood and I didn’t want to be petty pining on about our Art project when Scott lost so much personally…

That said, Scott like most NYers are bouncing back and getting back to normalcy. He has been working again and of course rebuilding his shop. Scott tells me the Sculpture although it was up to it’s headlight in water, will clean up and live to brew and be seen again…Welcome news and happy that’s all that happened.

Although I no longer call NYC my home, my love and all my heart goes out to the place from which I came…

Cheers people and hope to see you out there and tip a glass with you soon…


BAA Wins “Editors Choice” Award @ The 2012 NYC Makers Faire!

Scott and I were very proud to win the Editors Choice award at the Makers Faire last weekend. It was totally unexpected and we are very proud of this achievement. Considering all the great inventions, art projects and beautiful DIY creations that were present, we are humbled and want to Thank everyone who made the event such a success. The Organizers, the Makers and especially the Public which gave us such an overwhelmingly positive response. Before the weekend was over, the organizers we already discussing having us back next year so…


The Gingerfoot Quadruple I brewed for the Makers event on Friday night was never suppose to be poured for the public but since it was a raining that evening and there was a lot of confusion that night with the setups, no one even knew I was pouring beer except for the few souls who happen to walk by…

So I had plenty left over for the first wave of the public who came to see the sculpture and I’m happy it worked out that way!  The response to the brew was so great that it charged my batteries to be able to get thru the the next 2 days sick, tired and hungover! I literally talked about beer & the sculpture for almost 3 days straight and it made me grateful to be part of project that keeps on giving back. If BAA does come back next year, you can bet that I will make enough beer to be pouring samples for the duration…

BAA is a DIY project that I think embodies the Makers movement and I am very proud to be considered one of them!

That said, here are some pics from the day and I hope you all enjoy!

Cheers till next year!


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Brewing As Art at The World Maker Faire 2012!

BAA will be making a special appearance at this years Maker Faire on Saturday, September 29th from 10am to 7pm & Sunday, September 30th from 10am to 6pm at the New York Hall of Science  47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368-2950. Located in Flushing Meadows Park.

For those not in the know, the Maker Faire is a yearly celebration of Invention, Art and Creativity. It is a kid friendly and fun filled day featuring unique items and how to work shops. There is a little something for everyone and well worth the trip to Queens!

Scott and I will be at the opening party on Friday the 28th and will be pouring “Gingerfoot Quadruple” (A Belgian Style Quadruple brewed with Candied Ginger, 9.3% ABV) to kick off the festival in style!

Tickets can be purchased here or at the park the day of.

Hope to see you there and Cheers!

Main Site:






Thank You!

Scott and I would like to THANK EVERYONE for coming out to the Core 77 opening last night, especially all of the Staten Island folks, your support was overwhelming! The gallery was packed from beginning till end and more than 2 kegs and a number of cases of Sixpoint were consumed!
We would also like to thank Ray and all the people @ Core 77 for their support and enthusiasm for our project… Here’s a few pics!

Cheers for now!

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Just a reminder! Brewing As Art will be at The First Annual Core77 OPEN: All City All Stars design event tomorrow, Sat. May 19th from 7-10 pm!

rsvp [at] core77.com
Admission is based on capacity so please arrive early!

Sixpoint will be supplying the Beers for the event! Hope to see you all there!

Here’s the official event page:

And The Face Book Page:

BAA Appearing at The First Annual Core 77 OPEN: All City All starts Event!

Come join Scott and I as we represent Staten Island for the First Annual Core 77 OPEN: All City All Stars Event!
On the occasion of New york Design Week 2012, Core 77 takes a moment to recognize 5 great designers from all five boroughs for 5 days only!

350 Bowery at Great Jones Street Friday, May 18-Tuesday thru May 22

rsvp [at] core77.com
Admission is based on capacity so please arrive early!

Here’s the official event page:

And The Face Book Page:

Hope you can all join the fun!

Appearing on Beer Session Radio – Tuesday. Feb 28th @ 5pm!

I will be appearing on “Beer Sessions Radio”(The Heritage Radio Network) Tuesday, February 28th @ 5pm.
The show is hosted by the very colorful Jimmy Carbone of “Jimmy’s No.43”, one of my favorite beer bars in NYC! The show is being broadcast LIVE from the studio @ Roberta’s Restaurant in Bushwick Brooklyn. Guests for this show include Garrett Oliver, head brewer of Brooklyn Brewery, Beer writer John Holl and Chocolate expert Clay Gordon

You can listen to past shows or in real time HERE!

Hope you can tune in and join the fun!



Welcome all to “The Malt Shed”, my new blog page where I will be documenting my beer adventures, writing about events, brewing, and all things beer related!

I’m starting the site of with my pick for 2011 Beer of the Year…

Check back often and Cheers!

New Year, New Site

Happy New Year Everyone!

I just came across a series of really beautiful black & white pictures taken by Mike Shane when Scott and I were in the process of building our little Frankenstein brewing sculpture and just wanted to share them all with you…

We have ALWAYS been HUGE fans of Mike Shane, but after you see these pics, I think you’ll agree Mike is one of the most talented photographers in this city…


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Pics from the Performa11 Brew Pub!

Eric Steen was gracious enough to pass these along…


I will update with more pics as they come in…

Collective Brew Day Tomorrow!

Brewing as Art will be brewing in public for the first time tomorrow!
Saturday 11/12 @ 233 Mott St. New York, NY 10012. From noon to 4pm.


This is a FREE event! Come see how we channel the beer gods and have some samples from all the homebrewers private stashes! Make sure your early because I’m sure they won’t last!

Hope to see you all there!


Performa 11 Collective Brew Day!

BAA will make it’s first “Brew in Public” performance this Saturday, November 12th @ 233 Mott St. New York, NY 10012. From noon to 4pm. This is a special event sponsored by the art group Performa 11 that is helping blur the lines between art and brewing. We are really excited to show the public how our brewing sculpture operates and to prove to all that brewing can be beautiful as well as functioning!

There will be a “Collective Brew Day” this Saturday the 12th and a “Pop Up Brew Pub”showcasing all of the homebrewers beers the following Friday Nov.18th & Saturday Nov. 19th from 6 to 10 pm

Here are the links for the “Brew Day”:
Performa 11 – http://11.performa-arts.org/event/brew-day

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=305041632840116

And the “Brew Pub”:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=244342578955716

Hope to see you all there!

Pics for the RCCBF!

We want to Thank everyone who came down to see BAA and for all the kind words of support!
Cheers till’ next time…

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BAA @ The Richmond County Craft Beer Fest!

Brewing As Art with make a formal appearance Saturday, October 22nd @ The Richmond County Craft Beer Fest! Come get an up close look at our Stream Punk Brewing Structure!
Hope to see you all there!

My new Bi Weekly Beer Column for the Staten Island Advance!

It’s official! I will be writing a bi-weekly beer column for the Staten Island Advance in the Thursday edition under the Dining section.It’s called “The Malt Shed”, inspired by the homebrew competition of the same name @ the Richmond County Craft Beer Fest on October 22nd. My premier will be in tomorrows edition 9/29. The column is about my love of craft beer, homebrewing the beers I love and brewing culture. I’m really excited about this opportunity to be able to speak to a larger audience about my love for beer and getting a chance to experience brewing from another angle. I want to thank my editor at the paper Pam Silvestri for giving me my very own soap box (or Case of Beer!) to stand on! She might regret it! HAHAHA!!
The column will be available in print of course and online at SI Live.com.I hope you will all check it out and let me know what you think!
Cheers for now…
~Mark Zap

BAA in Action @ The New Brighton Homebrew Society Meeting

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