Collective Arts Brewing is possibly the most excellent brew crew in the game; hailing out of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; they’re compounding the art of brewing; with exceptional visual works created by artists from around the world. They collaborate with various galleries, breweries, and curate exhibitions; showcasing visual art, music, and ….uh.. beer. 

Their latest collab/s is one for the books; six different breweries, from Sweden, to Iceland, and the U.K; cooking up some serious juice– clocking in at about 11.5% abv. each. 

We tried a 5/6, and can safely say they were all masterfully executed– the two standouts, for us, are the, Wild collab w/ Wild Beer Co. out of Somerset U.K, for it’s utter uniqueness, and complex savory flavor profile. Steeped in umami goodness, this bottle barrel-aged god-sent is unlike anything we’ve ever had before, and highly recommend it to beer enthusiasts, and anyone looking to drink outside of the box.

Bottle art by Liz Walshak

The Forbidden Root collab w/ Moon Dog Brewing from Melbourne, Australia, packs a pungent punch. As soon as you crack this one open you get a hefty note of Black Truffle, mid-notes of Chocolate, and base of Vanilla. It’s a perfectly rounded blend of earthy flavors, with a lingering, velvety texture. If you’re able to get your hands on this one; get it.

Bottle art by Eunice Lai.

The other releases in this series lean closer to more traditional Barrel-Aged stouts, but are all equally good. We’ll be keeping an eye out for future collars, but in the meantime; keep it locked, as we’ll be tasting and reviewing a few more of their creations in the coming weeks