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We all know that art imitates life, but what about beer imitating art?

For the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s (Mia) Third Thursday: Artoberfest on October 15 from 6–9pm, four Minnesota breweries will create beers inspired by works of art in Mia’s collection. Brewers or representatives from the participating breweries will be on-hand to talk with attendees and explain the idea behind their beers, which will be available for sale.

The Growler cover artist DWITT will also be on-hand creating live, commemorative illustrations inspired by the beers and the works of art that inspired them (meta, man).

Attendees will also be able to take tours of the museum that will highlight beer steins and drinking vessels in the museum’s collection, make beer-inspired arts and crafts of their own, and enjoy live music from Tropical Depression.

Bad Weather Brewing Company
Rye porter infused with peppermint bark and raspberries

Cheekily nicknamed “Twig and Berries,” Bad Weather’s beer takes its inspiration from “The Doryphoros” by an unknown Roman sculptor. While not much is known about who made this work, it has been dated to the period 120-50 BC, as well as to the mid-Augustan period. The copy was found in Italian waters during the 1930s and spent several decades in private Italian, Swiss and Canadian collections before resurfacing in the art market around 1980 and being purchased by Mia in 1986.