Urban Artifact Collaborates with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on Plum Beethoven

CINCINNATI — Urban Artifact, Cincinnati-based craft brewer and tart & sour beer experts, to brew collaboration beer with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Starting with the Beethoven + Bartók concert on January 27, 2018, you will be able to find a special and unique collaboration at the concessions counters at Music Hall and the Northside taproom of Urban Artifact. The brewery, which has been brewing unique fruit beers since 2015, has collaborated with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as they celebrate Beethoven’s groundbreaking symphonies in a special series “Beethoven Revolution” to be performed over three years. In a tribute to both the completion of the historic Music Hall renovation and the start of the #BeethovenRevolution series, Urban Artifact has brewed Plum Beethoven, a plum Midwest Fruit Tart (MWFT).

Urban Artifact utilizes only fresh fruit and spices in their signature MWFT style. Plums struck a chord with the brewing team as a way to balance tartness, support a rich yet delicate fruit flavor, and provide something unique to the concert-goers at Music Hall. Brewer George Burpee describes the beer: “Urban Artifact’s Plum Beethoven is a phonogram of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s experimentation of sound, made with 3,000 pounds of plums and Urban Artifact’s house lactobacillus culture. This beer uses traditional ingredients in its malt recipe but builds upon that with a daring amount of whole plums to create something that is truly Cincinnati’s own.”

The brewery has collaborated with other Ohio breweries, as well as other local landmarks, including The Museum Center at Union Terminal on a specialty beer in 2017. While Urban Artifact hosts live music nightly on their taproom stage, this is the first official collaboration with a music organization.

“Collaborating with one of the greatest cultural institutions in Cincinnati is a dream,” said Scott Hand of Urban Artifact. “We’re honored to work with the CSO on a project to highlight one of the most influential composers in history.”


Plum Beethoven will be available at the Music Hall (1241 Elm St. Cincinnati, OH 45202) concessions beginning Friday, January 27th, 2018 for enjoyment before and during performances, and available for carryout in 4-pack cans.
It will also be available on draft and carryout at Urban Artifact’s taproom (1660 Blue Rock St. Cincinnati, OH 45223) starting at 4pm on Friday, January 27th, 2018. Limited distribution to local retailers.


You can find seats to upcoming shows on the CSO website at https://my.cincinnatisymphony.org/
or by calling the Music Hall Box Office at 513-381-3300

About Urban Artifact

Urban Artifact celebrates “Wild Culture”, both by the beers they artfully craft and the experiences they create in their taproom. Focusing on wild beers, as well as bringing the best in local entertainment to their performance space, Urban Artifact strives to be a destination for the Northside neighborhood and Cincinnati as a whole. Located on Blue Rock Street in the former St. Patrick’s church, Urban Artifact is comprised of partners Scott Hand, Bret Kollmann Baker, and Scotty Hunter.

About Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO)

The CSO is a dynamic ensemble of some of the world’s finest musicians. The CSO is the umbrella organizations for the Cincinnati Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestras, presenting more than 100+ concerts and events annually. A thriving organization with a growing support base of audiences and contributors, the CSO is the cornerstone of the Cincinnati arts community and an anchor cultural institution in Over-the-Rhine, with additional summer performances at Riverbend Music Center.

The sixth oldest symphony in the United States, the CSO has achieved international critical acclaim and an operating budget that consistently places it among America’s top 10 orchestras. The CSO serves as an ambassador for Greater Cincinnati to the world through national and international tours and an extensive Grammy-winning recording catalog, with over 10 million recordings sold worldwide.