Making music, baking bread and brewing beer have more in common than might be apparent.

They often involve collaboration and creating something from scratch, according to someone who's spent decades involved with two of those activities.

"That's something that kind of unifies all these elements," local baker/musician Chris Bennett said. "In music, you're taking a raw idea and hopefully transmuting it into something much bigger than anything you could make on your own.

"We all come together, and what ends up happening is far beyond what we can do ourselves. ... Same goes for baking, really."

Earlier this week, Bennett added brewer to his artisan resumé. So did the other four members of the Peoria psychedelic-metal band Minsk.

Bearded Owl Brewing co-owners Nick Babcock and P.J. Hoehne are joining with Minsk to create a new beer.

The as-yet-nameless brew is a kvass, a traditional Eastern European low-alcohol style not often available in the U.S., according to Babcock.

Bread-based kvass is popular in Belarus, where the capital city shares a name with the Peoria band/brewers.

Babcock, Hoehne and the Minsk members spent Wednesday morning at the brewery at 112 State St., where they created a five-barrel batch.

"I think we're all very excited but also humbled," Minsk drummer Ryan Thomas said. "Even if it's something (like) just pouring a bag of grain into the vat or stirring it, it's a really great feeling to contribute to brewing beer."

A key part of the mix was 100 pounds of sourdough rye bread Bennett made in between his duties at Trefzger's Bakery in Peoria Heights. He's worked there almost 25 years.

"This is as experimental as you can get," said Babcock, who's wanted to brew a kvass but hadn't. "We're adding a bread yeast to a beer, so we really don't know what we're going to get. That's the fun part of it, you know?"

Apparently, Minsk has been a fun project for Bennett and his bandmates, all of whom have regular day jobs.

The band formed in 2002. Most of its members have Peoria-area roots, although guitarist Bennett and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Austin are the only ones who still reside in the area.

Bennett was performing a local gig with another band when Peoria-area beer enthusiast Rob "Rothgar" Garls, who was in the audience, approached him about combining those passions. Garls also alerted Babcock and Hoehne.

Austin, Thomas and other Minsk members Zachary Livingston (bass) and Timothy Mead (vocals/keyboards) concurred the beer/band nexus was inspired.

"I think we all recognized early on that all the elements were combining," Bennett said. "Nick wanting to make a kvass, the band getting its name from Minsk, I'm a bread baker. It had to happen, basically."

It helped that Bennett and his compadres also are craft-beer enthusiasts. They're set to perform Saturday during Dark Lord Day, a nationally renowned beer festival at 3 Floyds Brewing Co. in Munster, Ind.

As for the Bearded Owl kvass, Babcock said it probably will be ready to serve in about a month in the brewery taproom. The beer also might be available at Trefzger's, he said.

The bakery also might soon offer for sale the sourdough-rye style Bennett developed for the beer. It appears the bread-and-circuses creators will more than drink to that.

"It's like taking these raw materials and transmuting it into something magical and wonderful that's as old as human history," Mead said. "And to see that process and be part of that process is very special."