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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 9, 2013 — Innis & Gunn, the Scottish craft brewer of oak-aged beers, is the official beverage sponsor for Borbay’s Kick Ass Actors in Kick Ass Roles exhibition. Opening in Manhattan on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, from 7-9PM at the luxurious Wix Lounge, collectors, fans and revelers alike will sip oak aged beer while taking in Borbay’s latest collage paintings featuring the likenesses of Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Justin Theroux, Uma Thurman, Daniel Day Lewis, Morgan Freeman and Bill Murray, in character. The layered, unique flavor of Innis & Gunn will provide a perfect complement to Borbay’s textural collage paintings.
ABOUT INNIS & GUNN
Innis & Gunn was discovered by accident, and lucky for us that it was. The beer was conceived in 2002 – well not the beer that Innis & Gunn drinkers know and love, but the base beer. Dougal Sharp was asked by Grant’s Distillers to create a distinctive beer that would season whisky barrels for a Cask Ale Reserve whisky. The beer was developed and served its time in the barrel only to be thrown away as a by-product until canny distillery workers realised that it was a brew unlike no other and far too good to dispense with. Instead, they dispensed the beer into lemonade bottles for the occasional clandestine treat. Transformed by its time in oak, the beer assumed characteristics that were completely unknown in any other beer styles. Sweet toffee and vanilla notes complemented a backbone of mellow malt and fruity hop. This was a beer that was both complex and flavourful and the industry soon sat up to take note.
In 2003, Innis & Gunn (the middle names of CEO Dougal Sharp and his brother Neil) launched with this first and cornerstone beer, Original. Over time, Blonde and Rum Finish have joined the family and Limited Edition releases help Innis & Gunn continue to blaze a trail in oak maturation. Plaudits have abounded for both the beer and the company: Monde Selection medals, World Beer Awards and a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade have all signalled that, despite an accidental discovery, Innis & Gunn has a nose for beer and a head for business.
Now Scotland’s leading independent beer company, Innis & Gunn has built a loyal band of followers across the globe. Beyond the UK, where it is the fourth biggest specialty beer brand in the retail sector, Innis & Gunn is the best-selling British bottled beer in Canada and number two bottled import ale in Sweden.
2013, Innis & Gunn’s tenth anniversary year, will see the release of the brewer’s first seasonal programme. First off the blocks is Irish Whiskey Cask, back by popular demand after a sell-out debut in 2012.
Voted Time Out Magazine’s Most Creative New Yorker, dubbed a re-inventor of collage, the Big Kahuna, profiled on BBC and featured by Forbes, Borbay curates, promotes and manages all aspects of his work independently. A Boston University graduate, Borbay’s work encompasses four spheres: portraiture, locations, live event painting and branding.
Borbay’s portraits focus on celebrity. Delving into the complexity of each subject, he has texturally recreated the likeness of stars including: Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Justin Theroux, Daniel Day Lewis, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. Frequently painting on-location, Borbay has set-up his easel around the world in famed locations and destinations including: Walt Disney World, The Guggenheim, Las Vegas, Milan, Minneapolis and Shanghai. Many of his live event paintings benefit charities, and include: Broadway Bares at Planet Hollywood and The Roseland Ballroom, Hope For Them Foundation and ARTPROV at Michaels.
In April 2012, the Major League Baseball Fan Cave launched, showcasing four of Borbay’s works. In 2011, Bomb Wines released their Oregon Pinot Noir, featuring a label painted and designed by Borbay. Also in 2011, Advertising Week commissioned Borbay to create a painting, which appeared in the back of NYC Taxi Cabs, Business Week, Fast Company and AdWeek. Borbay has been covered by press across the world, including BBC, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, New York Times, The Source, NBC’s The Grio, Complex and BlackBook Magazine.
Located steps from Union Square, the Wix Lounge is a completely free co-working and event space for creative professionals. Grab your laptop, pop into the Lounge and enjoy a productive workday five days a week. Workers enjoy free wireless internet, printing, and tea and coffee. Creatives can also organize free events at the Lounge that have ranged from classes to fashion shows to art exhibitions. To learn more about the Wix Lounge both as a work and event space, visit the Lounge website at www.wixlounge.com.
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Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2013; 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Venue: Wix Lounge, 10 West 18th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10011
Additional viewings by appointment: January 17-31, 2013. Advance press/critic viewings are available immediately — contact.
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