Beers Made By Walking

2011 /
Beers Made By Walking is a summer long program where a public group goes on a series of hikes, identifies edible and medicinal plants along the way and make a beer based off what we see on that particular trail.

The project was sponsored by the Galleries of Contemporary Art in Colorado Springs. There were a total of seven hikes, open to the public around the Pikes Peak region, eight homebrewers were involved and eight beers were produced. The hikes ranged from easy to strenuous, from two hours to full day hikes, at many different altitudes. The beers were brewed commercially at a local brewery and then sold during one of two tasting sessions at a local beer pubs in Colorado Springs, Brewer's Republic. The beers were served in handmade beetle-kill pine sampling trays along with a twelve page menu. Each beer essentially became a portrait of the hike we were on.

A complete set of photos and information from all the hikes and the tasting sessions, including information about each beer, can be found here. I've included a few photos and a few details below as well.

A few homebrewers drinking together during the first tasting session.

The four homebrewers with their beer signs during the second tasting.

Our hike at Mueller State Park

Here is a list of the hikes, the homebrewer involved, and the beer they made:

Hike #1
Garden of the Gods - Justin Carpenter - Opuntaie Deorum - Prickly Pear Cactus Wheat Beer

Hike #2
Grant Goodwiler - Smoked Piñon Brown - Smoked Brown Ale with Piñon Pine Nuts

Hike #2
Isaac Grindeland - Monk Choker - Double Belgian IPA with Chokecherry

Hike #3
Palmer Park - Jason Miller - Lightning Strike - Ale with Juniper, 3 Leaf Sumac Berries, and Ponderosa Needles

Hike #4
Mueller State Park - Scott Buchholz - Limber Blond Ale - Strawberry, Limber Pine

Hike #5
Old Midland Railroad Grade - Rich Mock - Gruit to It - Wild Sage, Wild hops, Yarrow

Hike #6
Catamount Trail - Tom Brown - Eve's Forbidden Flower - Bee Plant, Tansy Mustard, Rose Hips, Amaranth

Hike #7
North Cheyenne Canyon - Matt Kupferer - Old Man of the Woods Stout - Sarsaparilla, Hazlenuts, Spruce