Behind the Scenes at the DAM

Brewing a DAM Facebook Contest

Working at the Denver Art Museum is pretty darn cool. While we have the same stuff on our plates that lots of folks have – work plans, deadlines, e-mail, lots of meetings – we have the added bonus of experiencing art and creativity every day. That creativity can come in the form of a centuries-old painting, a live artist at work, or, you know… beer.

Yep – beer. The museum opens the world exclusive exhibition Becoming Van Gogh on October 21. Inspired by the artist and his creativity in France, our partners at the Dillon Dam Brewery are busy concocting a bier de garde in the artist’s honor. Brewmaster Cory Forster left no stone unturned in his research, and here he describes this new brew that would taste familiar to the artist and his contemporaries.

And if that weren’t fun enough, we’re not just leaving the creativity to the artists and the beer makers: We’re starting a contest on Saturday, October 13, to name this new brew. Like us at facebook.com/denverartmuseum and throw out your best name for the art-inspired beer by Tuesday, October 16. From there, three will be selected for a Facebook poll. If your beer name wins, you’ll receive tickets to Becoming Van Gogh, $100 gift card to Dillon DAM Brewery, and a T-shirt with the awesome design pictured below, courtesy of Dillon Dam Brewery.

On October 30, the newly named beer gets tapped at Dillon Dam Brewery and the Rackhouse Pub in Denver. Don’t dawdle, this beer is only available until it runs out.

Kristy Bassuener is the associate director of communications at the Denver Art Museum. Kristy has been at the DAM since 2007 and her favorite piece in the DAM is Necessity for Ruins by Don Stinson. She loves walking past the lonely drive-in-movie screen on the plains and picturing what it was like to see a film there when it was a functioning theater.