There are two things that I love most in life: Good design, and craft beer. Design is my profession, and beer is my hobby. However, as much passion as I hold for each, they often fall into both categories.
There are many times at my desk when I lose track of time because of how wrapped up I am in some of the architectural details I feel the need to perfect for our projects. I enjoy smoothing out design wrinkles wherever possible, and sometimes it doesn’t occur to me that I’m at work. As they say, “find something you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Similarly (or perhaps conversely) with craft beer, I take what should be a beverage made for relaxation and recreation, and nearly turn it into a job! I always strive to taste new beers rather than drink the same old thing. When I find a new one, I write a detailed review and compare it to other brews I’ve tried. I travel out-of-state to track down rare beers that aren’t distributed to Maryland, or aren’t distributed outside of their respective breweries at all! Alas, there are only so many hours in a day to enjoy one or the other, so I find myself frequently asking how I can combine these two passions. My past personal projects include a stylized chalk mural inspired by a seasonal beer that I display on my beer fridge, a collection of limited-release and hear-to-get bottles, and most recently some pendant lamps made from said bottles.
As SR/A has evolved over the years, and we explore avenues outside our usual multifamily residential niche, I don’t see why our next specialty couldn’t be brewpubs and breweries. The idea of designing a brewpub would be an exciting new challenge for us that I feel we are more than equipped to take on. to have a hand in the process of developing a space where people come together to support their local craft brewers would be an absolute dream come true for someone like me. I’m excitedly looking forward to making this possibility a reality, so if anyone out there knows a brewer who wants an awesome public space from their brewery, please send them our way!
Brendan Horman is an Interior Designer at SR/A, and is the latest staff member to earn his NCIDQ certification. He has too many favorite breweries to list here, but will never turn down an imperial stout.