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Bridging Drinking and Design: Touring Breweries with an Architect

Bridging Drinking and Design: Touring Breweries with an Architect

Brewery Visits: An Enjoyable Combination of Form and Function

The Architect’s Perspective

As an architect, I appreciate how form and function intersect in every aspect of our daily lives. From the buildings we inhabit to the products we use, everything has to be designed with both form and function in mind.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a few local breweries, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover how much form and function played a role in the brewing process.

The Form of Brewing

One of the first things that caught my attention was the aesthetic appeal of the brewing process. The way the light danced through the various types of hops and yeast, as well as the steam that rose from the brewing kettles, made the process look like a work of art in motion.

The equipment in the brewery is also beautifully designed, with sleek stainless steel and copper finishes. Even the taps and handles that dispense the beer are ornately crafted with unique designs and logos.

The taproom in the brewery is yet another example of how form and function come together. The seating, lighting, and décor are all carefully designed to create an atmosphere that is both comfortable and visually appealing. The tables are large and sturdy, while the benches and chairs are aesthetically pleasing and functional.

The Function of Brewing

While the form of brewing is certainly important, it is the function that truly makes it fascinating.

The brewing process is highly technical and requires a great deal of precision. From the temperature of the water to the pH level of the mash, every aspect of the process plays a role in creating a specific type of beer.

The brewers also have to pay close attention to the ingredients they use. The different types of hops and yeast all have unique properties that contribute to the flavor and aroma of the beer.

One thing that impressed me the most was the level of innovation and creativity that goes into creating new brews. Brewers are constantly experimenting with new ingredients and techniques to create unique flavors and styles of beer.

The Perfect Combination

Overall, I was struck by how much form and function come together in the brewing process. Every aspect of the process, from the brewing equipment to the taproom ambiance, is designed to not only look beautiful but also function flawlessly.

As an architect, visiting breweries opened my eyes to the level of attention to detail that goes into creating a great product. It also reminded me of how important it is to blend form and function in everything we design, whether it’s a building or a bottle of beer.


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.

2 thoughts on “Bridging Drinking and Design: Touring Breweries with an Architect”

  1. Taking a tour of breweries with an architect combines two of my passions: design and craft beer. It’s fascinating to delve into the intricate process of brewing while also appreciating the architectural elements that make each brewery unique. This experience not only provides insight into the craftsmanship behind the beers I love, but it also fuels my creativity to imagine what elements could be integrated into my own perfect craft beer. An architect’s perspective adds a whole new dimension to the bridging of drinking and design, making this tour a must for any beer enthusiast with an appreciation for aesthetics.

  2. I absolutely love the concept of exploring the design and brewing process of my favorite beers on a tour of breweries with an architect. It adds a whole new dimension to the experience, incorporating the art and science of brewing with architectural aesthetics. Understanding how different elements come together to create a unique craft beer sounds fascinating. Not only would I get to learn about the intricate details of brewing, but I would also get to delve into the creative process behind the design of these breweries. This tour not only allows me to appreciate the final product but empowers me to experiment and create my own perfect craft beer. Truly a perfect blend of drinking and design!

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