Brewing and Glassmaking: A Match Made in Heaven

Brewing and Glassmaking: A Match Made in Heaven

Foci Example

Photograph courtesy of Foci - Minnesota Center for Glass Arts.

Chowder in a bread bowl, whiskey in a tumbler, coffee in a mug: there are certain culinary combinations that just make things taste better. For our next Salon Series, we will be exploring a perfect potable pairing that is sure to please many: beer and fine glassware. On November 14 at 7 p.m., the American Craft Council will host "An Evening of Craft Brewing and Glassmaking," featuring artists, brewers, and makers engaged in conversation about their personal histories, what drew them to their trade, and the relationship that brewing and the production of glass drinkware have had through the centuries.

Craft brewing has become an American institution in the past two decades, and Minnesota is one of the states at the forefront of delicious, locally made beer. To comment on the surge of interest in craft brewing, we are pleased to welcome Minneapolis' own Fulton Brewing Company. Started as a homebrewing hobby by four friends in 2006, Fulton incorporated as a craft brewery in 2009, and has been growing ever since. Members of the brewery will be on-hand at the Salon to share their memories on the development of their business, what goes into making an excellent craft beer, and what they see for the future of the industry.

Of course, what good is a fine beer without a great glass? Joining Fulton for the evening are several glass artists from Foci - Minnesota Center for Glass Arts. Much like the brewery, Foci was born out of individual passion that grew into something greater. MIchael D. Boyd, glass artist and founder of Foci, started the organization in 1999 in Ohio. He moved Foci to Minneapolis in 2002 and soon attracted a community of glass artists to his studio space, which in turn meant a need for larger facilities. In 2009, the studio became a nonprofit, education-based organization - the only one of its kind in Minnesota. At the Salon, artists from Foci will talk about the craft of glassmaking and the history of glass drinkware production and its relationship to beer. They have also made some extraordinary examples of classic drinking glasses for the evening, and the audience will have the opportunity to vote on a fan favorite.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary, but space is limited. Check out our Facebook event page for more information and get ready for a fun-filled evening of hot glass and cool brews!

Presented by the American Craft Council, the Library Salon Series is a series of free public presentations exploring craft, making, and art. Check out past salon series events.

This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.