Beer is not what many would expect at the opening event of a showing of exquisite glass sculptures at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Generation to Generation, a glass show that runs from March 24 to April 30, 2011, celebrates the fragile traditions, values, skills, leadership and love that are passed from parent to child – an art form to be preserved, commemorated and explored. Would these artists really want people exposed to eighteen beers while walking around their masterpieces, some valued at $18,000 and others, priceless pieces?
Steve Hawk, Philly Beer Geek 2010, has no problem with it, and neither did the artists on display in the Lenfest Liberty Hall. As a celebration of these traditions, beer also reigns as mastery of art, and it blended well with the theme.
Amidst these world renowned artisans were patrons of the arts and of the museum, art students, and fellow artists. As Steve Hawk stood to speak, many were exposed to a world they didn’t know existed – the world of craft beer.
Five Exhibiting Families of the Glass Arts
Hawk, whose parents Bob and Sherry Hawk are employed at the National Liberty Museum, echoed the generational theme with his presentation of fine beers. Aware that this was a new experience for many, the Philly Beer Geek tutored the audience on how to taste beer – to see, swirl, smell, taste, and feel the experience. He spoke of the Philly Beer Geek Competition and his sponsors at the Hulmeville Inn, a 200-year-old inn with a history as a stagecoach stop along the road from Philadelphia to Trenton.
Hawk introduced the ALEiens Homebrew Club and his Local Nano Brewery, both which he co-founded, before acquainting his audience to the beers from Great Lakes Brewing of Cleveland, Ohio; Magic Hat Brewing of Burlington, Vermont; the Boston Beer Company of Boston, Massachusetts; and Brooklyn Brewing of Brooklyn, New York. ABC’s Channel 6 of Philadelphia, was filming Hawk and panning the room of attentive faces.
Hawk’s List of Beers
Great Lakes Brewing Company:
“This isn’t Coors,” one said with satisfaction. At one point, there were people all bent at the waist. They were reading the promo signs, and sniffing the beer, but to anyone who entered the room, it would appear they were bowing to fine craft beer.
As it should be.
Photos are (from top): National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia; Flame of Liberty by Dale Chihuly, on permanent exhibit in the National Liberty Museum; Museum attendees at the Generation to Generation Glass Sculpture Opening and Beer Tasting; Steve Hawk initiates many to craft beer; Crystal Hawk pours beer during Glass Exhibit Opening Night
If you love beer and artistic conversation pieces, you'll catch attention with these beautiful personal works of art:
MELINDA MARIA "Goddess Collection" Beer Quartz Grecian Ring, , Size 7
from the Goddess Collection
Sterling Silver Celtic Design Amber Ring, Size 9
- The color of amber ale!