By Dylan Hochstedler
Just as things start to heat up around town for the Great American Beer Festival, Hotel Teatro and its in-house bar, The Nickel, will pair up with Dustin Hall of the Brewtography Project and Call to Arms Brewing Co. to host an intimate, one-night event to show off Hall’s brewery photography.
As an avid photographer and homebrewer, Hall decided to combine his passions in 2013 to start the Brewtography Project.
As a young shutterbug, astronomy sparked his interest in photography, and one of his first cameras was able to shoot photos through his telescope. He then got into shooting other subjects such as skateboarding and the environment before carving his brewery niche.
“My wife and I moved to Colorado four and a half years ago and started visiting breweries,” Hall said. “One of the first breweries we fell in love with was Hogshead.”
He liked the pleasing aesthetics of the brewery so much he approached general manager Dave Liechty and asked him for permission to photograph the place. “I had such a blast that I started hitting up other breweries and it grew from there,” Hall said.
Hall is now ready for his first solo exhibition, which will take place at Hotel Teatro from Sept. 15 until Dec. 1.
Hotel Teatro and The Nickel will host a reception for the exhibit on Thursday, September 28. At the reception, attendees will get to meet Hall and take a close look at some of his best works while responsibly tasting Beautiful Impression, an oak-fermented Brett Farmhouse Ale that Call to Arms brewed in collaboration with Hall and the Hotel Teatro team for the special event. Beautiful Impression offers notes of guava, pineapple and orange zest, with a balance of soft vanilla from the oak.
The combined efforts to collaborate on the project impressed Hall and others. “It was the perfect collaboration of style and creativity,” said Brittney Hemela of Hotel Teatro. “Nobody was scared to share ideas. It worked well and everything really clicked together.”
Aside from viewing the Brewtography Project exhibits from 7-10 p.m. on the 28th, guests will have the chance to pay $5 for a pint and print. This includes a pint of Beautiful Impression and a print from Hall’s collection to enjoy forever.