200 West Marshall Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Tonight at Gallery 5, take in some brew-inspired art and some art-inspired brews at the 4th annual “Screens and Suds” event.
Original prints and mixed media presentations will be paired with unique beer choices, and all the money goes to several charity groups including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Virginia’s Association of Free Clinics, and Gallery 5.
This 3-day beer event is a unique venture for G5, but Bar Manager Pete Konrad aims to turn the art space into a beer destination for the river city. Konrad said that the link between beer and art is natural. “Beer is a form of art. The chemistry involved, infinite possibilities. Foods and art, beers and art. It’s consumable art.”
This is the fourth year the event has been held, but only the second time it has made its home at Gallery 5. It started as a Capital Ale House event, but size and distributor constraints have forced it to move to the former firehouse. Konrad said he was excited to try many of the new beers, including the unique “Quadra Wine” made by the local brewers at Hardywood Brewery.
Brian Nelson, Hardywood’s Head Brewer, was just as excited to debut the limited supply Quadra Wine. “It’s part barley wine – very malty. We did a considerable amount of hopping and then blended it with a Belgian quad from bourbon barrels – hence the name Quadra Wine.”
Everything about the Quadra Wine was impacted by Screens and Suds. Artists showcased in the event were brought in to help with the brewing process, and they helped design the label. Nelson said the collaboration was key to creating the unique brew. “When we’re talking about branding a beer and giving it an identity… we tried to design a beer-blend that showed the 4 year anniversary of the event and the Screens and Suds artistic qualities to really make the brew stand out.”
Nelson also drew the connection between beer and art. “It’s hand in hand, it’s a creative side. It’s the same thing – creating good beer, and creating something someone can hang up and enjoy.”
Richmond locals Itty Bitty Press screen-printed the labels for the limited 200-bottle batch. Only one barrel of the 13% beer was brewed – half in bottles and half in kegs. Your last chance to try the concoction is Saturday night.
And don’t forget the art. Screen prints by local and national artists will be on tap for your viewing pleasure throughout the weekend.