The Tate team worked closely with Siren to brew a beer that would deepen the visitor experience and provide a more immersive gallery experience. Responding to this, Siren has designed a bright and modern beer, the flavours of which reflect the innovation and creativity that Tate, Siren and Van Gogh are known for.
Andrew Downs, operations director at Tate Eats, said: “Beer can be done in a thousand ways, there’s so much room for creativity. Tate is about giving a platform to creative people, and this is just another way of doing that.”
Thousand Things IPA was particularly inspired by Van Gogh’s famous painting Starry Night, which is known for its bold colours and brushstrokes. The brew reflects the artist’s radical style by combining loud ingredients, such as toasted coconut, passion fruit, and mango, to create a creamy, full-bodied beer full of juicy fruit flavour. The tropical hops, like Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic and Chinook, also contribute to this, while adding a delicate bitterness.
The beer gives visitors a taste of the exhibition through the incorporation of cypress wood which is a nod to the cypress trees that feature heavily throughout Van Gogh’s work. The cypress wood in the beer augments the fruit-led aromas and tempers the lactose sweetness. In Starry Night there is a looming cypress tree that is said to represent Van Gogh himself.
The beer can be found in both Tate Modern and Tate Britain’s bars. Guests also have the chance to pair the beer with food at the Rex Whistler, which is serving a tasting menu and a three-course lunch menu in homage to the Van Gogh exhibition.
For another chance to try the beer, Tate Modern will be hosting Siren at a tap takeover on July 25. To book tickets, click here