The label art of Beale St. Brewing Co. beers is something that’s uniquely Memphis, celebrating the city’s past and present.
Cans of the Memphis-owned brewery have paid homage to many local heroes, including B.B. King (The Thrill is On Hazy IPA), Elvis Presley (King’s Ransom Peanut Butter & Banana Porter), 8Ball & MJG (Space Age Sippin Hazy IPA) and Ja Morant (Dark NinJa Rises IPA, Rookie of the Year Hazy IPA).
On Thursday, Sept. 7, the artists behind those cans will have the spotlight shined on them at the Art of Liquid Art.
“It’s an art exhibit of the artists that have collaborated with us on label designs,” said Kelvin Kolheim, founder of Beale St. Brewing.
“We wanted to celebrate them and showcase the other art that they do.”
Those artists include Quantavious “Toonky” Worship, Michael “Birdcap” Roy, Anthony Lee, Brandon Marshall, Lauren Rae Holtermann, Kenneth Wayne Alexander, Frank D. Robinson, and Khara Woods.
The event will be held at the Marshall Arts Gallery, 639 Marshall Ave., from 4-8 p.m. Tickets are $20 (plus fees) and can be purchased online via Eventbrite. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Orange Mound Chess Club.
“We’ll have a couple of chess boards around, we’ll have some live painting going on, some interactive stuff. It’ll be a pretty fun night,” Kolheim said.
In addition, the event will feature a couple of Beale St. Brewing beers on draft, including one very limited beer.
Stepbrothers Pineapple Session IPA, 4.5% ABV, is Beale St. Brewing’s second collaboration with Nashville-based Bearded Iris Brewing.
“It turned out to be pretty delicious,” said Kolheim, who went to Nashville to brew the juicy pineapple collab beer with the Bearded Iris team.
The beer was first poured last month in Philadelphia at Barrel & Flow Fest, a festival celebrating black-owned breweries and black artists.
Also in August, Beale St. Brewing launched launched distribution in North Mississippi, signing an agreement with Clark Beverage Group.
Beale St. Brewing, which does not yet have a physical brewery or taproom location in Memphis, is contract brewing with Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. in Kiln, Miss., and Soul & Spirits Brewery in Downtown Memphis.