Good things are brewing at The Collective Brewing Project. The Near Southside brewpub recently installed two foeders (large wooden vats) to feed Collective’s insatiable appetite for funky, farmhouse-style sours and saisons. I mention this only as a crafty point of departure to discuss a topic you probably weren’t expecting from a beer blog — modern art. More specifically, Collective Brewing’s new art series, Art + Collective.
For some, contemporary art is simply a divertimento for the rich and affluent. For several hundred thousand visitors to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and several local galleries each year, though, it is an enriching and necessary part of their lives. The visual arts power the economic engine of Fort Worth just as much as our cowboy and rodeo veneer. So it’s only natural that craft beer breweries team up with these influential local artists and galleries.
Dave Riddile and Carly Taylor, Collective Brewing’s taproom managers, recently developed the concept of a curated, monthly art series as a way to enhance the sense of community at the brewpub.