Hop Art Holiday 2017

Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA

A beer that inspires brewers and artists alike.

Painters mix colors and use brush strokes to communicate memories and emotions. Brewers combine hops and malt to convey in liquid form something that cannot be expressed verbally. And other times, people who are passionate about both find a way to express a memorable beer-drinking experience. That’s what award-winning Bucks County, PA artist Jean Childs Buzgo has done in her still life, Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA.

Celebration was the first craft beer Buzgo, an accomplished impressionist painter, and her husband ever enjoyed together. “One sip and we were hooked,” Buzgo explained. “The rich flavor was unlike anything else we had ever tasted before. To this day, whenever I drink Celebration, it takes me back to the good times we shared drinking it. It’s that memory I tried to convey in my painting, which was originally done as a gift for my husband. I’ve painted Sierra Nevada several times, but the original hangs in his office.”

The label that graces Celebration IPA (a rustic log cabin nestled in the snow) is as iconic as the beer itself. But instead of just reproducing that image, what you see above is Buzgo’s impressionistic painting of both the bottle and the IPA poured into a glass. The picture visually communicates Celebration’s distinct flavor as a component of a memorable drinking experience.

“When I look at things,” Buzgo says, “I see a picture. In the case of Celebration, the colors I saw – the warm red-amber hues of the beer and its fluffy white head – struck me as something I could feel. And looking at the painting, I hope you can too.”

Buzgo is represented by The Silverman Gallery in Buckingham, PA. Her entire portfolio, which includes many more beer-themed paintings, may be viewed at jeanchildsbuzgo.com. She gladly accepts commissions.