Young brewers group takes on The Greats in Sydney

Young Henrys, Sydney

Photo credit: Jacqui Manning

Jonathan Porter

In a world first a group of audacious young beer barons have developed a beer based on an art exhibition.

Young Henrys, a microbrewery with a cult following in Australia is the brewer, and the exhibition is The Greats: masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney.

Lunch Magazine was there and pronounced the beer to be “every bit as complex as a 400-year-old painting by an Old Master”.

The beer, Old Master, has burnt caramel and oaky overtones and is an ale suited to a robust truffle dish, which was served at the beer’s launch at AGNSW last night.

Josephine Touma, art historian and the Gallery’s senior co-ordinator of public programs, said the collaboration is an interesting one for the Gallery and Young Henrys.

“It’s such a unique and unexpected collaboration. Working with Young Henrys will demonstrate the power of great art to inspire people to be creative in their own way.”

“I am sure the results will be playful and of course, refreshing! We are looking forward to seeing what the team at Young Henrys come up with.”

Oscar McMahon, co-founder of Young Henrys, said his team were thrilled to have the opportunity to express their creativity in a completely new way.

The brewers were given a private tour of the exhibition a few months ago to get their creative juices flowing.

Among the inspirations were Sir Henry Raeburn’s Reverend Robert Walker skating on Duddington Loch (c1795) and Velasquez’s An old woman cooking eggs.

Art Gallery of New South Wales The Domain, Sydney

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