It’s sad to be nearing the end of my Brewing Arts Certificate with USFSP (stayed tuned for my wrap up of the modules) but the hands-on experience I’ve had as a part of this program has been life-changing. Along with the amazing internship with 3 Daughters Brewing, our class also had a special opportunity to collaborate with the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in St. Petersburg for their 2018 event, The Beer Project.
The MFA is currently in the process of preserving five mosaics from the ancient city of Antioch, one of the four greatest cities of the Roman Empire, alongside Rome, Alexandria, and Constantinople. The mosaics, dating back to 100-300 C.E., were all made by placing hand cut stone into intricate geometric and kaleidoscopic patterns. Antioch was located in an area of Syria (now Turkey), right on the Orontes River, making it a major trading city. The culture was a blending of the East and West, with Greek, Roman, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern influences.
(Above) The House of the Drinking Contest, one of the museum’s ancient mosaics.
Our class was divided into groups and each group was paired with a top craft brewery in the area to create small-batch beers specifically for the event and inspired by the mosaics. My team had the pleasure of working with Mastry’s Brewing Co. to create a saison. Not only did we get to submit a beer recipe but we were invited to join Mastry’s on their brew day to be hands-on making the beer. Our beer, which we named Axius Star, is inspired by the Orontes trade river. Axius is the Macedonian name for the river and “Star” refers to the star anise used in the recipe.
(Above) Brewing day at Mastry’s Brewing Co.
I am so honored to be a part of this event! Join us Friday, July 20, 2018, for Day Two, to taste these beers, get a behind-the-scenes look at the ancient mosaics, and join the Museum of Fine Art’s panel of experts to learn about the history of drinking through the ages. It’s going to be a great opportunity you won’t want to miss! You can buy tickets for Day Two here.