Food Photography

Beer to Farm to Table: JV Farms & Superior Bathhouse Brewery

I've spent a lot of time over the past year working with Superior Bathhouse Brewery in Hot Springs photographing varying projects. But one I did over the summer was one of my favorites.

JV Farms is a small, family, homestead farm located in Bismarck, Arkansas. They use organic and sustainable practices and offer a variety of items such as: free-range eggs, whole hog sausage, rabbits, pasture-raised lamb and seasonal produce. JV Farms sausage and other pork products can be found daily on the menu at Superior.   I can attest to how good their bratwurst it.

Once the brewing process at Superior is complete, the spent grains are then scooped out and dumped into buckets. But what to do with it? Jay Lee, the owner of JV Farms picks up the spent grains who then feeds it to his pigs. To the pigs, it's like eating candy.

On a very hot afternoon in late July, I spent the evening at JV Farms during the feeding of the little (and big) piggies and then afterwards, it was dinner for everyone. You cannot beat the smell of fresh, artisan bratwurst on the grill.

Superior and JV Farms takes the Farm to Table concept one step further: Just add beer!

From Baths to Beers: Part Two | Superior Bathhouse Brewery

By now, most of us know about Superior Bathhouse Brewery in Hot Springs. It's the only brewery located in a national park. I spent a day at Superior this past spring photographing their brewing process as well as some beauty shots of selected beers and some of their more popular menu items.

The old, and historic, Superior bathhouse seemed like a logical place to have a brewery, after all bathhouses are built to handle large amounts of beer's main ingredient: hot water.

 Karen E. Segrave | KES Photo

Superior Bathhouse Brewery

The idea of re-purposing an old building as a brewery is not new. Retrofitting Superior posed special challenges since the bathhouse building itself is a National Historic Landmark.

The spring water that is brought into the building is already at 142 degrees, so less energy is needed to get it to 172 degrees which is ideal for brewing beer.

Superior is getting lots of national attention. In a recent article by the Chicago Tribune, spoke to owner Rose Schweikhart, "Very few springs are both hot and potable. We are the only brewery in the world utilizing thermal spring water in our beer. You will find many breweries with spring water and many breweries that use geothermal technology to heat water, but we are truly the only one who uses thermal spring water out of the ground directly into our processing vessels."

 Karen E. Segrave | KES Photo

Superior Bathhouse Brewery

There's a lot of downtime when it comes to brewing beer, which is something I learned during my photo shoot. In between the steps of the brewing process is when I photographed the beer beauty shots. You can see those in my other blog post.

Once the brewing process is complete, the spent grains are then scooped out and dumped into buckets. But what to do with it? Jay Lee, a local farmer and owner of JV Farms in Bismarck picks up the grains who then feeds it to his pigs. To the pigs, it's like eating candy. JV Farms processes their pork and several of their items can be found on the menu at Superior. I can attest to how good their bratwurst it.

More on that in another blog post coming next month....

 

Food Photography | Summertime Drinks

Summer is drawing to a close and the kids are heading back to school. Parents will be doing their "school's back in session" happy dance very soon. Just because summer is ending soon, that doesn't mean the summer weather is ending. It'll still be hot, very hot, and all you need to beat the heat is a covered porch, a swing or your favorite lawn chair and something cold to drink.

Here are few fun drinks and cocktails to wrap up a great summer.

Salty dogs have the great twang of grapefruit spiked with a little vodka or gin, your choice!

Salty dogs have the great twang of grapefruit spiked with a little vodka or gin, your choice!

Mint Julep. A Southern Classic.

Mint Julep. A Southern Classic.

Why have regular lemonade when you can have Raspberry Lemonade?

Why have regular lemonade when you can have Raspberry Lemonade?

Looking for a great drink to make with sparkling water? How about a Blackberry Fizz.

Looking for a great drink to make with sparkling water? How about a Blackberry Fizz.

For the decadent drink lovers. We added a little ice cream to this Blue Hawaiian.

For the decadent drink lovers. We added a little ice cream to this Blue Hawaiian.

Limeades are a fun alternative to lemonade. And both can be made with sugar substitutes for those who are calorie conscious.

Limeades are a fun alternative to lemonade. And both can be made with sugar substitutes for those who are calorie conscious.