Sunday, August 23, was my first trip ever to the one and only, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. After having driven two laps around the brewery and finally landing a parking spot, I entered into what was an unexpected hidden gem with an enticing play-space and artistic factor. Lights were dimmed, loud laughter and banter echoed throughout the taproom, and art was in every crevice of the brewery. I wondered how I hadn’t heard of this place before.
Art collective, Beats and Pieces, teamed up with MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. for an all day event: The Poetry of Beer. Delectable English style ales, games, copious amounts of complimentary peanuts, incredible artwork, and a great crowd - I was definitely in another dimension.
As soon as I entered MacLeod’s space, I felt a shift in energy and felt my anticipation for the event grow. I found myself amongst the vivacious event goers, personable bartenders who truly care about the brews they serve, photographers like myself looking to use their vessels to capture every moment, and the talented artists extending their artwork and vision to the public.
If you were looking to have a nice cold brew before exploring MacLeod’s music stage/gallery, you could do just that. MacLeod had a long list of ales waiting to be poured, and had a large container of roasted peanuts up for grabs to pair with your beer.
But, if you were more enticed by striking up conversations with other artists and the live music/poetry performances, there was a section for that too. In the newly expanded space of MacLeod’s brewery, I found myself in awe of the artwork that seemed to be floating on the blank white walls. I could feel myself and see others marinating in the genious of these artists as everyone interacted with each piece. There was a groovy yellow-green couch in the less lit part of the venue for those who wanted to just sit back and chill as performers shared their live art with everyone.
Throughout the night, the artists of the show could be seen interacting with the people admiring their work, giving soft explanations of what their work means and just connecting with people in general. Every artist I encountered was really down to earth and more than happy to pose next to their artwork when I asked for a picture. It was also really nice to become familiar with the artists and know them on different levels through our conversations.
The music never stopped, and the fun didn’t either. Towards the very end of the event, poet, Sam Wagner, shared with us all his “poetry of beer”. His every line was captivating and served as the icing on the cake of the event.
After a great night of connecting with new faces, getting to swim in a pool of art and creativity, I left MacLeod’s brewery and the event feeling uplifted and creatively nourished. I recommend paying MacLeod’s a visit soon, and definitely attending any future joint events B&P and MacLeod put together.
Here’s to the success of The Poetry of Beer and MacLeod’s Brewing Co.!