Into The Maw

Kristen England and BJ Haun started Pour Decisions Brewery a while back, and through perseverance, blood, sweat and whiskey they started serving their beers to the public late this Summer, and opened the brewery/taproom to the public on October 14th.

Sketch and drawing for Into The Maw | 2012

England is buddy from a good while back.  He’s a crazy nut.  So crazy that he asked me to do a mural at the brewery.  He’d pay for paint, give me 100% creative control and access, and bath me in beer.  How could I say no?  Chances to rock wall-size pieces, in a brewery, especially ones where you pick the subject matter don’t come around often..well shit, ever for most people I’m guessing.

This shit is gonna be acerbic dawg

So, I got to work.  I decided to go with the Water Wolf, old Esox Lucius, Northern Pike, Slimer, Hammer Handle, Snake, or just old Pike.  The “wolf” is one my favorite fish.  I’ve been running with him for my entire life.  Catching them on the fly can be epic, explosive and addictive.

A few hours of sketching, a couple days of painting…Into The Maw.

Into The Maw | 2012 | Pour Decisions Brewery | 14′ x 6′

Give me some Pubstitute.

  One thought on “Into The Maw

  1. October 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    As a fellow northman, pikehunter and pubstitute fan, I really love this. Well done.

  2. MZA
    October 25, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    It makes me hungry, thirsty, and a little scared, all at the same time. Primeval!

  3. Eric
    November 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    So I am in Seattle on a rainy afternoon, checking out some blogs. I show this post to my girlfriend and she says hey is that Jake Keeler? Yeah it is how did you know that? He lived across the hall from me in undergrad. The world gets really small sometimes. The guy that taught me how to brew over the interwebs is friends with a bunch of other people I know in real life. Fun stuff.

    Anyways I hope all is going well, I really like the direction your work is heading. That stylized rainbow is super cool.

  4. November 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    This is awesome! Just found you through Pilecast and I dig your art man. Well done and keep it up.

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