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Nelson-Atkins Partners with City Barrel Brewing to Create Exclusive Pale Ale

Kansas City, MO. Oct. 20, 2022–The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has entered into a partnership with City Barrel Brewing Company to produce an exclusive pale ale themed to the museum. The beer, called Creative Juice, will be sold onsite at the museum, at City Barrel’s brewery in the Crossroads, and across the city at bars and liquor stores. A portion of each case sold will come back to the museum as a donation to support the museum’s mission and keep admission free for everyone.

City Barrel Brewing and Nelson-Atkins Logo

“This partnership brings together two local organizations that share a desire to enlighten as well as entertain Kansas Citians,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “The Nelson-Atkins contributes to the creative fabric of Kansas City, which is reflected in the beautiful artwork on the can, as well as the refreshing taste of the beer. It’s whimisical and fun, and after the past two years, I think we could all use a little bit of fun.”

The collaboration will be kicked off at the museum’s Tivoli Halloween special event in Atkins Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 28, when it will be debuted to guests attending a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with such an iconic Kansas City organization,” said City Barrel Brewing Company Co-Founder and Head Brewer James Stutsman. “With this collaboration, we hope to highlight the fun of art and the beauty of beer—and vice versa.”
As part of a multi-pronged promotional effort to “launch” the beer into public awareness, there will be three to four “launch events” at popular locations across Kansas City including possible locations such as the Nelson-Atkins, City Barrel taproom, the Up-Down, and Chicken and Pickle. City Barrel Brewing Company, the fourth-largest brewery in Kansas City, has generously donated product to museum events such as ShuttleCork, Bark in the Sculpture Park, and Party Arty over the past two years.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City is recognized nationally and internationally as one of America’s finest art museums. The museum opens its doors free of charge to people of all backgrounds.

The Nelson-Atkins serves the community by providing access to its renowned collection of more than 42,000 art objects and is best known for its Asian art, European and American paintings, photography, modern sculpture, and Native American and Egyptian galleries. Housing a major art research library and the Ford Learning Center, the Museum is a key educational resource for the region. In 2017, the Nelson-Atkins celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Bloch Building, a critically acclaimed addition to the original 1933 Nelson-Atkins Building.

The Nelson-Atkins is located at 45th and Oak Streets, Kansas City, MO. Hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday through Monday; 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursday; closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission to the museum is free to everyone. For museum information, phone 816.751.1ART (1278) or visit nelson-atkins.org.

For media interested in receiving further information, please contact:

Kathleen Leighton, Manager, Media Relations and Video Production
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art