Written and photographed by : Mastrview
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.!
The Art of Beer
Written by Sam Wagner
Photographed by Brian Cortez and Daniel Ortiz
While driving past the endless string of auto-body shops on Calvert st. in Van Nuys, it’s easy to trick yourself into thinking that your GPS has failed you, or that the “cool new brewery” your friend told you about doesn’t really exist. But as unexpectedly as finding Narnia in the back of a wardrobe, the MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. appears. And much like Narnia, you are transported somewhere truly amazing, where traditional English-style cask ales are hand pumped into your pint glass. There’s really nothing like it. Not in L.A. and not in 2015.
Their beer is time-tested, easy drinking, and astonishingly flavorful. Throw in darts night, game night, live music night, and the ability to throw the free peanut shells onto the floor, and it makes sense why the brewery has so many ‘regulars.’
I am one of those regulars. As a 23 year old new to Los Angeles, I was eager to visit all the best bars in the city. I still am but my rate of exploration has slowed down immensely because it’s almost impossible for me to justify going anywhere besides MacLeod.
My first visit to the brewery was on a lonely Tuesday, when my more employed friends forced me to explore the city alone. After some deep google-ing I came across a darts tournament at a brewery in Van Nuys. I drove 35 minutes to get there, I entered the tournament, and I won. From there I joined MacLeod’s dart team (which plays in the Southern California Darts Association), collaborated with the brewery owners to publish a book of poetry about beer, and eventually was offered a job bartending on Sundays. It was the most worthwhile 35-minute drive of my life, and continues to be every time I make the trip.
After a recent expansion, one almost doubling the size of the taproom that includes a quaint concert venue, now is an even better time to come discover the brewery… Especially thanks to Brian and Danny of Beats and Pieces - an art collective that has decided to use their vast artist network to create a performance based tribute to their favorite art form: beer.
Join us August 23 to celebrate the brewers of MacLeod ale and artists from around L.A. as they share what beer means to them through music, poetry, paintings, t-shirts, and more.
MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. is located at 14741 Calvert St, Van Nuys, CA 91411.
Walking into the CES Gallery, today, you would see 63 pieces of brilliant insanity covering the wall to the left of you. Carl, the gallery owner, will probably give you a map of sorts for you to find your way to your favorite destination on the first wall of the gallery. (B21 “Lions Don’t Quit Being Lions”)
Founder Carl E. Smith runs a very clean, very well lit gallery space and holds exhibits for both local and international contemporary fine artists. The space is located on 711 Mateo St. in downtown Los Angeles (near 7th St.).
Exhibiting now, from July 25th through September 12th, “I’m Already Dead In Dog Years” features some of the newer works by Easton Miller.
We actually stumbled into the place just a few hours before the opening reception and Carl was very welcoming to introduce us to the exhibit. Of the many pieces that are on the first wall, you can only imagine the artist having a hard time deciding what pieces to install. There has to be way more of where these 8x10 “Portraits of Circumstance” came from. The rest of the gallery holds larger works done by Easton that are consistent with a strong emphasis on texture and patterns beautifully composed with mixed media.
Whether if your stopping by Artists & Craftsman Supply around the corner or are around the Arts District or at the local breweries, CES Gallery is definitely worth the visit next time you’re in downtown.
With such great weather, there’s almost never a bad time to take a road trip through California. "A Thousand Miles on the 1" is a growing collection of photos taken as we explore California for its unique beauty and diverse terrains that it reveals. From the well-known to the hidden destinations, here is how it starts. Enjoy California for its people, culture, history, nature, and its soul.
Click the link below to view the exhibit:
A Thousand Miles on the 1
Created by: Dr. Lion
San Francisco based collage artist, John Vochatzer, goes big for local mural. Through collaboration with another SF native street artist, D Young V, and two hired body gaurds they were able to execute this project early May. Read the link for more on this mural project.
Walter Maciel Gallery
2642 s. la cienega blvd.
los angeles, ca 90034
310 839 1840