Christmas, the baby shower that went totally overboard.
Mums everywhere stress the final details for Chrissy lunch and shops become more daunting as we put off buying our work KK presents (what can you honestly buy with a limit of $20?). At times like these, it’s nice to take a moment, pour yourself a beer and look back on the year that was...
Meet Kentaro Yoshida. He hails from a fishing village in Toyama, Japan and moved to Sydney when he was 18. These days he lives in Manly where he surfs, makes art, drinks beer, and sometimes combines the latter and drinks art. No wait, sorry, he draws beer sometimes. Kentaro’s been working on our latest homage to the froth in t-shirt form (watch this space). In the meantime, you can check out his work at his upcoming exhibition, RUMBLE, with Ben Brown at Goodspace on 31st May.
In February our beloved brewery cat Blackie was hit by a car. Within a couple of hours we’d received a message from Glenn Smith aka Glenno. Unprompted, he had produced a faithful rendering of Blackie and posted it to Instagram saying, “This is a portrait of Blackie...a much loved cat that always smooched about people down at Young Henrys brewery. I don't know how she died, but it sucks and drawing this cheered me up. I'm lucky I can draw my way to better thoughts.” (Of course we agreed such a thoughtful tribute deserved pride of place on a t-shirt for the staff to remember her by.)
This is fairly typical behaviour of Glenno. The artist/musician/beer lover has been a part of the Young Henrys family since the very early days. Along with curating numerous exhibitions, he's behind many of the t-shirt designs immortalising some of our most treasured characters - the gents and ladies of Old Fashioned Love, the Beer Wizard, the Hops Man (and of course Blackie). We chatted, fittingly over ‘The Black Cat’ black rice ale, about art and music, and life and death, about cats with necrotic tails and how drawing is like “accidental yoga”…
These sweet yellow tins started their life on the sketchpad of Lee McConnell. He’s the artist behind all of the album art for Dune Rats’ The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit - 12 in total, one of which features Dunies Lager. It’s a homage to the classic Australian lager tins of old, and it's now become Young Henrys Dunies Lager IRL. It’s art imitating life or life imitating art, or maybe it's beer imitating art imitating beer…Who knows. It's thirst quenching whatever it is.
We caught up with the man behind the art...Lee’s from up the coast at Forster, but these days he kicks it in Freshwater Sydney and Monday through Friday you’ll find him designing for Mambo. Makes sense then that his art feels so coastal. If you held it up to your ear you’d probably hear the ocean. We chatted to Lee about life and art and dream collabs...
If you’ve been down to the brewery recently you might have seen a mural declaring ‘Beer is a girl’s drink’. That’s Ginger Taylor’s work, flying a very welcome flag for the female of the beer drinking species (we're out there!). Or you might have seen her winning t-shirt design on the backs of Newtown Locals, celebrating marriage equality for the 2016 Newtown Festival. Or chances are you’ve unwittingly used some of her sign writing work to help you with very important life stuff like ordering your schnitty at the pub, or finding the way to the ATM at one of your favourite venues.
Sign-writing may be the wallflower of the art world but on the 18th January Ginger’s work is taking the spotlight, on the walls of 212 Blu, with her first solo exhibition. We chatted to Ginger ahead of her show...
- Cloudy Cider
- Food at the Brewery
- Grinding Eyes
- Motorcycle Oil
- Natural Lager
- Pink Hotel
- Psych rock
- Real Ale
- Summer Hop Ale