Beer Tasting with Live Oak, Austin Beerworks, and Hops & Grain Breweries

Saturday, October 19, 1 pm


In conjunction with Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1471-1540, the Blanton Museum of Art and Edible Austin will co-present a special beer tasting with several of Austin's most well-loved and distinguished breweries. On Saturday, October 19 at 1 PM, representatives from Live Oak Brewing Company, Austin Beerworks, and Hops & Grain will offer samples of beers based on recipes from Germany's 500 year old brewing tradition. Blanton staff will provide insight into the history of German culture and its connection to the works of art on view in the exhibition. Space is limited; please register by contacting Cost: $10 museum members / $15 non-members. Participants must be 21 or older.

One of the oldest cities in Germany, Augsburg was founded as a Roman military fortress in 15 BCE. In the late fifteenth century CE the city entered its golden age. Augsburg became a prosperous center of manufacturing due to a rise in banking houses and its strategic location on the north–south trade routes from Northern Europe to Italy. During the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519), Augsburg hosted the Imperial Council and became the center from which the emperor organized all of his print and armor commissions. The combined influences of this important seat of government and the international trade crossroads of Augsburg created a diverse artistic community and a thriving art market.

Organized by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, with loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other private and public collections, this exhibition emphasizes the rich and varied works of art on paper produced in Renaissance Augsburg. Particular emphasis is placed on the innovative printmaking techniques and imperial patronage cultivated in Augsburg during the period. The exhibition also addresses how, as a wealthy city with commercial ties to Italy, Augsburg was one of the first German cities to emulate the new Italian Renaissance artistic style, as well as the movement's cultivation of humanism and the revival of antiquity.

Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1471-1540 opens at the Blanton on October 5, 2013 and runs through January 5, 2014.

Live Oak Brewing Company employs an old-world style of brewing rarely found in America today but practiced extensively throughout Germany and the Czech Republic. A decoction mash, open fermentation, and secondary lagering are essential to duplicate the rich maltiness and unique flavors of central European beers.

Austin Beerworks is an owner-operated Texas brewery "hell-bent on excellence." Their beers are canned for quality and they brew for two reasons: to make consistently exceptional craft beer, and to build community in the town they love.

Hops & Grain is an award winning craft Brewery in Austin. Passion for crafting the best beer in an environmentally responsible manner is what drives them. They've built sustainable practices into all aspects of their business, including recycling the spent brewing grains to make dog treats, canning their beer, donating 1% of profits to environmental causes, and sourcing ingredients from local and green providers.

Edible Austin is an independently owned, community-based publication that publishes quarterly plus a special annual Edible Austin COOKS! edition and is a member of Edible Communities publications. The magazine promotes the local food culture and economy in Central Texas, season by season. Its mission is to transform the way the Austin community relates to its food and to connect readers to local food growers, producers, artists, and cultures in Central Texas.

Image: Workshops of Michel Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff. The City of Augsburg, from Hartmann Schedel's Liber Chronicarum (Nuremberg Chronicle), 1493. Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.