Once upon a time, I had a stout beer float. Dark beer and vanilla ice cream. An unlikely, stellar combination. So when I hear about Free Range Brewing and its collaboration with the art community, I had to get The Scoop!
Sarah Alexander and her husband, Jason, have a background in art, and come from creative stock. Alexander’s father is a wood-worker, and her mother a jewelry-maker who can flex into mosaic art. The Alexander brothers, Jason and Jeff, brew beer. And beer and art have collided in a delightful mash-up at their new brewery and taproom.
Free Range Brewing opened In July with the works of Ciel Gallery partners Laura McRae Hitchcock, Caroline C. Brown, Jonathan Grauel, Emily Andress and Tina Alberni on the brewery walls. “I saw Emily Andress’ work on an ArtPop billboard,” said Alexander, “so I called her. ArtPop is one of my favorite things.”
“Creativity and beer go hand in hand. Interesting beer happens when you think outside the box,” explained Alexander. With beer such as “Sea of Companions” and “Awesome Possum,” these brewers gave up the box long ago
The community feel is evident at Free Range Brewing. Ciel Partner Brown was in attendance at the opening: "The best part was bonding with my art peeps - I love my creative Ciel friends!."
Ciel Partner Grauel, fresh off the new gallery exhibit, was enthusiastic: "We are fortunate to have a chance to expand the spirit of “Collaboratus" into the local business scene. The amazing art of Ciel partners combine with a new micro brewery in NODA to craft a truly ‘Charlotte' atmosphere of local culture."
".Bringing different groups together which wouldn't meet otherwise," said Ciel Partner Alberni of her experience at the brewery opening. "Great beer AND a lovely space!"
I asked Alexander what advice she had for other creatives, whether brewers, painters or poets. “Never stop being thoughtful and creative about the way you approach issues,” she advised. “We didn’t have a lot of money, and had to be thoughtful through the whole process. It made us more creative.”
Visit the taproom and view the art at 2320 North Davidson Street in Charlotte. More about the brewery
This Scoop article provided by Ciel blog writer Jen Walls.
Photos 2 and 3 by Eric Gaddy.
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