|COLUMBUS, INDIANA—Upland Brewing Co. and Exhibit Columbus have partnered with renowned architect, Kulapat Yantrasast, to celebrate the upcoming Exhibit Columbus art installations with a commemorative beer stein. Starting August 17, these one-of-a-kind steins, crafted by Louisville Stoneware, will be available for purchase at Upland’s Columbus Pump House. Later this month they’ll also be available at their Wood Shop Brewery and Brewpub locations in Bloomington, and online at www.uplandexhibitbeerstein.com.
“I wanted to make something simple and practical, yet one that people long to touch and to hold. The inspiration comes from the hybrid of Henry Moore’s Large Arch, blended with form from classic water towers one finds throughout Indiana and the American Heartland. I think it speaks about the roots in the land of Columbus, as well as its remarkable cultural vision,” said Yantrasast.
Beginning August 26, Exhibit Columbus’ 18 art installations that reflect the city’s rich architectural history will be on display through the end of November. Part of that history is Upland’s Pump House location, which sits on the White River just past the iconic red suspension bridge entering the city. The 115-year-old building used to pump the city’s drinking water and has served a variety of community needs ever since. Now, it’s a restaurant and brewpub featuring Upland’s award-winning craft beers and seasonal menus, that will be gathering spot for residents, tourists, and designers and architects during this exciting exhibition.
“A partnership with Kulapat Yantrasast, Louisville Stoneware, and Upland is a design dream come true. The steins are both works of art and keepsakes that exemplify the thriving design spirit of our community,” said Richard McCoy, Director of Landmark Columbus.
Kulapat Yantrasast was named one of the art world’s 100 Most Powerful People in 2012. His galleries and designs can be found across the world from Los Angeles to Grand Rapids to Japan as well as his birthplace of Thailand. During his work on the Speed Art Museum, Yantrasast built a relationship with Louisville Stoneware, one of the country’s oldest businesses, where a limited quantity of 300 commemorative steins are being produced. The steins will only be available at Upland’s Columbus Pump House location and their Wood Shop Sour Ale Brewery and Brewpub in nearby Bloomington.
“We’re proud to be a part of Columbus’ design-forward community and to partner with Exhibit Columbus on this project that couples artistic talent and beer—a combination that’s at the core of Upland,” said Doug Dayhoff, Upland’s President. “Design is woven through everything we do, from our brewing process and our label artwork, to the seasonal menus featuring local growers and the architecture and ambiance of our breweries and pubs. To be a part of celebrating these remarkable exhibits is an honor for Upland and the Pump House.”
These 2017 commemorative steins will be ready for purchase on August 17 for $45. Upland is donating all the profits from the stein sales to Exhibit Columbus.