21 January 2009

21January-new art/beer menu
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As described earlier, this new beer menu is designed to recall an art text.

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Figure 1. St. Feuillien in a Dining Room in the Country
(after Bonnard’s “The Dining Room in the Country”)

Black and white is an unfortunate, but financially necessary, medium in which to reproduce this as the deep suffusion of yellow and orange is key to appreciating the painting and the beer fully. This complex, rich use of color to suggest a saturation of sunlight calls to mind the layered, lush, soft quality of the St. Feuillien Triple which, like a Bonnard, can offer a great deal to a keen observer.

St. Feuillien Triple $9.75
Belgium (8.5% alc/vol)

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Figure 2. Saturn Imbibing his St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
(after Goya’s “Saturn devouring his Son”)

In this dark, bitter, intense depiction we see Saturn drinking, with almost mad fervor, a similarly dark, bitter, and intense St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout. After the consumption of his sons (one of whom, it was foretold, would usurp him) he would no doubt have needed something to take the edge off. The dark chocolate and espresso notes so evident in the rich beer would no doubt have been just the thing.
Saturn was the Roman god of agriculture and harvest, the Protector and Sower of the Seed (seen here without pants.)

St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout $6.75
Montreal, Quebec

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Figure 3. Xingu Standing in an Exotic Forest
(After Rousseau’s “Woman Walking in an Exotic Forest”)

Though seemingly simple in its dark, flat representation of forest, in the traditional Naïve manner, there is a stimulative crispness and attention to detail in both beer and image. The ostensibly dense subjects are soon revealed to be much lighter than at first glance either through design or as demanded by the nature of the artist’s ability or, in the case of the brewer, dark grains indigenous to Brazil that would impart the color of a roasted malt without the heaviness.

Xingu Black Beer $4.25
Brazil

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Figure 4. Würzburger Hofbräu and Water Tower
(after Demuth’s “Chimney and Water Tower”)

The clean, crisp lines of the Precisionist movement reflect the clean, crisp flavors of this Bavarian Pilsner. Its refreshing, bright perspective easily and firmly synergize with the brighter dishes on the menu but also offer an even juxtaposition with dining options known for their spice and depth. The matter-of-fact nature of the style, and relative lack of social commentary, make for a refreshing and easy-drinking beer.

Würzburger Hofbräu Pilsner $4.25
Bavaria, Germany

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