Beer, art and music converge to form the basis of Collective Arts' unique and slightly unorthodox outlook. Their aim is to foster a community where a range of talented individuals across various fields inspire, and take inspiration from, each other to raise consciousness of the creative community in their hometown of Hamilton, Ontario and neighbouring Toronto. Founders Bob Russell and Matt Johnston's idea was that the beer, devised by Brewmaster Ryan Morrow, would reflect the diversity and imagination of the artists they work with.
Their core range covers a range of classic styles from a citrusy blonde to a rich, roasty porter. But their seasonal beers and collaborations provide scope to explore new ideas and flavours, including a coffee-infused hazy IPA brewed with a Brooklyn roastery and the barrel-aged Origin of Darkness series, that has used a number of unusual ingredients, from white miso to lemonbalm.
Collective Arts joined us in Manchester earlier this year to brew Lower Than Zero, a kettle-soured Brut IPA.