On April 6th, ArtLab proudly partnered with Brooklyn Brewery to host an evening exploring the magic + mystery behind crafting the perfect brew. With Brooklyn Brewmaster Garret Oliver—a former filmmaker—we took a deep dive into a drink that helped establish civilization itself, and then sustained it for thousands of years: beer. Today’s craft brewing is a perfect blend of scientific stringency and pure creative energy, where art is a constant inspiration.
Garrett gave ArtLabbers a unique behind-the-scenes look at how Brooklyn Brewery transforms humble ingredients and ornery microbes into a vast array of delicious flavors. For a quick recap of the evening’s insights, enjoy the above video courtesy of New Learning Times
—a series about innovative learning opportunities produced by EdLab
at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
On Wednesday, December 10th, ArtLab joined Kings County Distillery to revel in the art + science behind the warmest of winter drinks: whiskey.
The evening kicked off with a special tour of Kings County Distillery, giving us the inside scoop on how they distill their much-celebrated moonshine + bourbon. Following this behind-the-scenes look, ArtLab founder, Maryam Zaringhalam, sat down with Master Blender and chemical engineer Nicole Austin for a conversation about the chemistry, biology, and artistry behind crafting the perfect whiskey drink.
About Kings County Distillery
Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery, the first since prohibition. Founded in 2010, Kings County makes handmade moonshine and bourbon out of the 115-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. They use New York grain and traditional distilling equipment to make distinctive whiskey. Their whiskeys have won numerous awards from the American Distilling Institute, the American Craft Spirits Association, and their bourbon was recently named #2 craft bourbon by Eric Asimov of the New York Times. They only distill whiskey for the Kings County Distillery label and never buy bulk whiskey from any other source.
Special thanks to ArtLab: Science Distilled