Ten years ago, the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) commissioned artist Eric Steen to launch the first Beers Made By Walking – a program that invites brewers to take nature hikes and urban walks and to make new “local beers” inspired by plants. of the trail. On August 31, GOCA took BMBW back to Colorado Springs for a special 10th anniversary hike with four local brewers at Sondermann Park.
The hikers were accompanied by local craft brewers from Atrevida Brewing, Cerberus Brewing, Goat Patch Brewing, and Local Relic Artisanal Ales. After being inspired by the walk, the breweries were tasked with creating new beers inspired by the walk that will be drawn in the spring and presented at a special tasting scheduled for spring 2022 at GOCA Downtown. These local beers serve as drinkable landscape portraits of the trail.
The hike was led by the Catamount Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing environmental stewardship through education and adventure. The Fountain Creek Brewshed Alliance is also participating in the project, with the aim of engaging citizens in conversations and actions that will lead to the protection and improvement of water.
For those who were unable to attend the hike but would like to sample the beers, these will be served during a special tasting event at GOCA Downtown on March 16, 2022. More information will be available soon. Visit the GOCA website for updates: www.gocadigital.org
For more photos from the event, visit the Focus on the Beer website.
Beers Made By Walking is a program that invites people to go out and see where they live in a new light. We invite brewers to take nature walks and make beer inspired by the plants identified on the trail. Since 2011, we’ve worked with over 200 breweries across the country and raised tens of thousands of dollars for nonprofits. Our hiking and tasting events act as educational programs for environmental institutions and organizations in the regions we serve. More information on beersmadebywalking.com
The UCCS Contemporary Art Galleries (GOCA) are a regional center for contemporary art, culture and conversation. By showcasing world-class artists, hosting artist and expert conferences, and independently producing and delivering meaningful events, GOCA engages students, faculty, staff and community members from the Pikes Peak area in discussions of UCCS contemporary culture and life. GOCA is a contemporary art organization with two galleries, at the Ent Center for the Arts and a downtown satellite location in the Plaza of the Rockies building, as well as an outdoor art program, Art WithOut Limits.