The Gowanus Lofts and Galleries on 61 9th street in Brooklyn, New York played host to a three day pop up Art Gallery Exhibit from August 26th – 28th. It was the brain child of commercial leasing director Alex Robayo and 24 year old artist and event curator Dylan Bauver. The unexpected pairing of this unlikely duo birthed a platform that allowed a collection of talented local artists, many of which were barely in their 20’s, a chance to showcase their passion.
Securing the space was easy, Ideal Properties are the representatives but how to make it different? How to make a real estate showing more than just a real estate showing? How to turn it into a meaningful cultural experience? Alex’s past life revolved around the New York Fashion scene so it’s no major surprise that he would infuse art into his real estate pursuits. Always with an eye for the bigger picture and a flair for thinking outside the box he saw a viable opportunity and proceeded to get it organized in just under 10 days. Diligence, discipline and a little luck goes a long way. Any good business man won’t deny those three facets of the equation.
Dylan literally saw an ad in the window on the front of the building and called it. He and Alex spoke about the opportunity, hit it off over the phone and both agreed to meet. Only the event almost fell apart when Dylan went MIA. He’s a young artist, and maybe the delusions of grandeur were too much to pull off, only that was far from the case. In reality he was hospitalized for heat exhaustion. When he came to he found himself hooked to an IV in a hospital bed. His first instinct was to grab his school bag, retrieve Alex’s number and call him on the hospital phone to ensure that the event was still on.
Alex, a friend and fan of Beer Today Beer Tomorrow reached out to us next. #BTBT was glad to answer the call and be a part of this event. Local artists’ supporting one another in the pursuit of their passion is equal parts invigorating and satisfying. The mixture of creativity and positivity is contagious and there was an undeniable energy being emitted from the artists. You could see it in how they talked and how they moved and the buzz in the crowd told you they felt it too.
We covered the event for several hours and we discussed life and all its marvelous complexities and of course we talked about art and the many sources of its inspiration. All the while we drank high quality refreshing craft beers, and at a rather liberal pace I might add.
Shout out to Rockaway Brewing Company located at 46-01 5th St, Long Island City, NY 11101. You can also find them at 415 Beach 72nd and Amstel Blvd NY 11692.
The gang at Rockaway donated six growlers of their flag ship beer ESB and Beer Today Beer Tomorrow definitely appreciates the love!
ESB is an extra special strong bitter with an ABV of 6.4%. This is a English-style ale with Rockaway’s own unique twist. Amber coloring on the pour, with refreshing hop notes that’s accompanied by a subtle malty sweetness.
We also picked up DA’ Beach 4.8% ABV, this one is all in the name – It’s a hopped up sessionable wheat beer that makes for good company on a beautiful summer day at the beach.
We had several other beers throughout the course of the evening and here’s a rundown of what really stood out.
Pliny the Elder brought to you by Russian River Brewing . This set the gold standard for imperial ipa’s, this ode to the art of beer is brewed with Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe hops. This is a very well balanced brew with all ingredients in near perfect synergy. Definitive fresh hop aroma of floral, citrus, and pine on the nose. Drink fresh and drink this often!
LIC Beer Project with perhaps their finest offering yet, Pile of Crowns. 8.5% ABV Imperial IPA double dry hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and Nugget which was released earlier that day. Wow, hands down one of Queens finest.
Finback Moss (formerly Oscillation 3) brewed by Finback brewery in Queens, NY. 8.4% ABV. This third installment in a rotating series of IPAs was also released earlier that day. Moss is dry hopped with a massive amount of Mosaic, Citra, and El Dorado hops.
Grimm Afterimage presented by Grimm Ales a delicious Imperial IPA with an ABV of 8%.
The Alchemist presents two of their very finest offerings: Heady Topper a Double IPA with 75 IBU and 8%ABV and Focal Banger an American IPA, hopped with Citra and Mosaic with a 7% ABV.
Highland Park was up next with Good Green, a hoppy IPA brewed with Amarillo, Citra, and Simcoe. This one is a fruit bomb with notes of tangerine, grapefruit, and raspberry on the tongue and nose.
Bissell Brother Baby Genius - A hoppy, hazy session beer that is available April through October. This one comes in at a very drinkable 4% ABV. Hops: Citra, Ella, Topaz. Malts: Pilsner, Flaked Wheat, Malted Wheat, Vienna, Flaked Oats.
Trillium was next up with two terrific offerings. The first was Congress street IPA. The brewery’s flagship beer is brewed with the Australian Galaxy hops and Columbus hops. Pine, citrus, melon and pineapple on the nose, Peach and tropical fruits on the tongue. ABV: 7.2%. MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine, Dextrose.
Next up was Cutting Tiles which is part of an exploratory series of Double IPA's which Trillium describes as ‘featuring a range of aromatic single hop varietals brewed with raw wildflower honey, dosed with 100% Galaxy in all kettle, whirlpool and two massive dry hop additions. The local wildflower honey keeps the body light and drinkable but provides a floral, earthy backbone.’ MALT: Pilsner, White Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Dextrine, C-15. HOPS: Galaxy.
Monkish brings us the next offering in the lineup, Dream of the Usual a 6.4% IPA brewed with Citra and Galaxy hops.
Knee deep Simtra Triple IPA – a robust danky Triple with an 11.25% ABV. Brewed with those wonderful Simcoe and Citra hops.
We were fortunate enough to chat with a good deal of the artists, many of which you will be able to hear in our upcoming two part podcast. Special thanks to L’vis Jhon, a buoyant and larger than life character who not only let us interview him but also gave us an explanation of each of his works of art, he also graced us with his personal work. Shout out to Diego G, his artwork was all over the walls of the loft, most notably hanging above our podcast set up. He’s a talented and gentle soul with a unique take on the journey of a child.
Dylan took the opportunity provided to him by Alex and put it all on the line, showcasing his emotions and his passions through his art work and even losing his job in the process of following his dream. Following your dreams takes guts and almost always has consequences. Props to him for taking that brave leap. And props to all the artist that poured every ounce of themselves into every brush stroke, every move of the pencil, every crafted ceramic, through every divine inspiration they gave a piece of themselves for that exhibit and it was thrilling to be a part of.
Special thanks and shout out to Mark Villacis. He’s a talented photographer and videographer – check him out on IG @Mark.villa_
Check out the artists on their websites and/or social media!
Denny Ingraham – Vocalist and Guitarist
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