Beers Made by Walking
Beers Made By Walking is an AWOL project sponsored by Pikes Peak Brewing, Rocky Mountain Brewery, and GOCA. Seven times throughout the summer of 2011 a group of people consisting of Eric Steen (the artist), a Homebrewer, a commercial Brewer, and a Naturalist (who can identify wild plants) took a hike or walk in the Pikes Peak Region. Hikes were open to the public and their purpose was to identify edible and medicinal plants that could potentially be used in the making of a beer. Hikes ranged in time from two hours to five hours and differed in terrain from an urban hike to an intensive mountainous hike.
After each hike, the brewers built beer recipes, taking into consideration the plants and ingredients they identified. The ingredients were purchased from local herb and spice shops and beer was brewed by the Homebrewer in the commercial space of both Pikes Peak Brewing (2nd Tasting) and Rocky Mountain Brewery (1st Tasting). Two times during the summer and fall, a local pub hosted a special event where the beers were put on tap and available to the general public.
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.