——-UPDATE: FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2011, 10:30 A.M. ——-
GOCA's website has published the times and dates for the beer hikes.
The first hike is slated for June 30 and will be held in Garden of the Gods. Subsequent hikes will be held in Red Rock Canyon, Mueller State Park, North Cheyenne Canyon and the Catamount Trail. Some are easy, while others are more strenuous, so be prepared.
Space is limited, so get cracking and sign up.
And as of right now, the Kickstarter profile has 7 backers and $310 to its name. With a goal of $750 and 23 days left, I'd say that's not bad.
——-ORIGINAL POST: FRIDAY, MAY 27, 10:43 A.M. ——-
I'd never before considered brewing an art form, but perhaps it's time to get schooled. Enter Beers Made By Walking, a new project launched by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' Galleries of Contemporary Art, Rocky Mountain Brewery and local "social practice artist" and brewer Eric Steen.
The project is part of GOCA's AWOL: Art Without Limits program, which in the past has introduced highly experimental exhibits that took place far outside the gallery walls.
Here's the program outline:
This summer, artists, home-brewers, professional brewers, naturalists, hikers, gallery-goers and nature lovers will walk the trails of Colorado Springs to learn about the flora and history of the area and (most importantly) to create brand new beer recipes based on the land itself. After the brewers perfect the brews, all will be invited to public beer-tastings to see just what kind of fermented goodness Colorado can inspire. The project is proudly presented by the Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, social practice artist Eric Steen and with great support from Rocky Mountain Brewery.
For Beers Made By Walking, Steen will connect various interests groups and find affinities in fields seemingly unrelated in beer, environmentalism, botany, and outdoor adventure. The project includes one artist, 7 hikes, 2 public tastings, 7 news beers, 8 home-brewers and loads of community bonding, chatting and elbow-rubbing.
In his work, Steen highlights beer as an artform, and the people who make it he believes to be artists. He believes that drinking good beer is actually a form of activism, that beer is both a social lubricant and a social glue. Beer brings people into a greater awareness of food production and a community-based mindset, so in Steen's opinion it is more than just a drink, it is a powerful tool for social change.
YOUR DOLLARS will bring this project to life by funding the very real expenses associated with beer-brewing and expert-paying. We want to get the best of the best of local home-brewers and professional brewers, and we need your help.
Arist BIO: Eric Steen is an artist, home brewer, and currently Instructor of Visual Art at UCCS. He's the writer for Focus on the Beer, which is a Pikes Peak Region Beer Blog. He's organized many beer events, such as this one, for the last few years in Oregon, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Glasgow, Scotland.
To get Beers Made By Walking going, the team has built a Kickstarter profile where you pledge dollars to an all-or-nothing-fund with a goal sum and an expiration date. Beers needs $750 by June 27, and just $1 makes you a backer. Click here to get involved.