Beer Art: In Good Taste or Just a Waste?

Harbin, a city in northern China, is known for (a) insane amounts of snow and ice, complete with freezing temperatures a girl like me can’t even fathom, and (b) their beer, which bears the city’s name. Each year, they enjoy the Harbin Ice Festival, complete with ice sculptures and lights. This year, however, someone had the bright (and incredibly wasteful) idea to make ice art not of water, but of beer instead.

Knowing that it takes extremely cold temperatures for alcohol to freeze, you might be wondering if I’m pulling your chain. Well, when I say it gets cold in Harbin, I mean it – temperatures had dropped to -29°F on the day this sculpture was made, according to this article. [[shiverrrrrrr]]

So, what’s your opinion on this? Do you dig the use of copious amounts of beer for art, or does your heart cry out for all those bottles of dumped suds?


  • gerg January 5, 2010 @ 11:18am

    This is awesome. I would like to know how good this beer is though, before I pass judgement. If this is the equivalent to a Genny Light, then build it higher! If it’s more along the lines of a decent Flying Bison, I think they would have to do better to make it worthwhile. Anyone tried this beer?

  • Hannah January 5, 2010 @ 11:23am

    Well Gerg, the good folks at Beer Advocate don’t seem to dig their brews too much, but I guess we’d have to try for ourselves!

  • M January 5, 2010 @ 1:15pm

    It’s definitely awesome! If I had the patience to do something like that with say….Natty Ice…I’d do it. And it would have to get damn cold here in WNY for that. I’m happy with it being +25 degrees F here though…not -25.

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