Photos, story by Clare Shepherd
Craft brewers and artists from all over the country lent a hand and raised a glass to the Mural Arts Program on Thursday.
Amber Waves featured representatives from 27 breweries, all attendees at the nearby Craft Brewer’s Conference, pouring some of the best beers they had to offer at the National Museum of American Jewish History. While brewers discussed their product and offered samples of their amber colored brews, each brewery offered a chance to bid on unique artwork in a silent auction fundraiser for Mural Arts.
This silent auction fundraiser/beer tasting event is held every year in the city hosting the Craft Brewer’s Conference, and is a way for a local brewery to bring in support for a favored charity. This year Victory, Downingtown-based producer of everyone’s favorite beer Golden Monkey, took over space at the National Museum of Jewish American History to support the charity behind most of our city’s murals.
Despite the monochrome requirements of the fundraiser, the range of beer type and flavor was impressive. Given the brewers’ generous pours, I didn’t have a chance to try every beer despite my best efforts. I was, however, able to add substantially to my Untappd list.
The variety of the artwork available was even more impressive than the beer. Brewers commissioned local artists to create pieces related to the brewery, the beer they were serving, or just the personal interests of staff.
Unfortunately, given the small nature and limited distribution of non-local brewers, some of my favorite beers are not available at Philadelphia bars. However, I’m going to keep an eye out in particular for Ecliptic Brewing out of Portland, Ore. and Roadhouse Brewing Company out of Wyoming.
The event raised thousands of dollars for the Mural Arts Program, a local charity that “create[s] art with others to transform places, individuals, communities and institutions.” Every year, the organization enrolls 2,000 people in its intitiatives and engages an additional 18,000 in its projects. They create 50-100 projects every year.
It looks like the 2017 Craft Brewers Conference is going to be in DC. If you have a chance, I highly recommend checking out their version of Amber Waves!