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Faces in Beer | Purpose Brewing & Cellars

Faces in Beer | Purpose Brewing & Cellars
Jaclyn Menendez

Welcome back to Faces in Beer! In our new series, we take film photographs of brewers and develop the film in the beer they brewed.

In our first round, we featured Weldwerks Brewing Company, where we developed the brew team’s portraits in a variety of beer–including their famous Medianoche Stout. The results were beautiful, though we did hear from a few of you decrying our use of Medianoche for any purpose other than consumption. (We hear you–it hurt us too, but art is pain.) You can check those photos out here.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out the results of this ongoing project. If you’d like to see behind the scenes or follow Stabile’s other work, you can catch him on Instagram at @mrstabile, or at

Next up…

Purpose Brewing & Cellars | Fort Collins, CO

  • Name: Peter Bouckaert
  • Developed In: Smoeltrekker #042 (a mahogany-colored sour)
  • “Smoeltrekker is a Flemish word. It means “pulling funny faces,’ which is what you do when you drink it.”


  • Name: Frezi Bouckaert
  • Developed In: Smoeltrekker #042


  • Name: Mike Hiatt
  • Developed In: Smoeltrekker #042


  • Name: Peter, Frezi, and Mike
  • Developed In: Smoeltrekker #042
  • “We don’t do flagships. We don’t do styles. We make beer as a piece of art.”

All photos here were shot on Ilford Delta 100 black and white film. Interested in trying this out yourself? Below is Erik’s recipe, a hodgepodge of several other recipes he discovered in the film community. Have film-developing questions? Reach out to via Instagram @mrstabile, and check back here for our next installment of Faces In Beer (coming soon).


The Faces in Beer Developer

Safety: be sure to wear a mask, eye protection, and gloves.

You’ll Need:
600 ml of beer
50 grams washing soda*
12 grams of ascorbic acid (powered vitamin C)

Heat 600ml of beer to 90°F.

Mix in 50 grams washing soda* and whisk until dissolved.

Stir in 12 grams of ascorbic acid (powered vitamin C) and mix until dissolved.

Develop at 68°F for 20 minutes. To get the beer down to 68°, I suggest a cool water bath. Place your beer in a metal mixing bowl, and place that bowl in a larger mixing bowl filled with ice water. Wisk until the beer’s temperature drops to 68°.

Add your beer to the developing tank and agitate for the first minute, then again for 15 seconds at the top of each remaining minute.

Wash and fix per the film’s instructions.

*Washing soda is not the same as baking soda. Don’t have washing soda? You can make it by heating baking soda to 400°F for 30 mins.

Download a PDF of this recipe here.

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