Denver Art Museum and Dillon Dam Brewery Team Up to Create a Parisian Beer Inspired by the Museum’s Fall Blockbuster, Passport to Paris

La Seine Shine, a light lager, will be available starting October 30

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) teamed up with the Dillon Dam Brewery to craft a special beer in honor of the museum’s exhibition, Passport to Paris. Facebook fans of the museum and brewery chose the name submitted by Heather Burnett, La Seine Shine, through an online competition. The beer is part of a larger promotional partnership between the two entities to reach the ski audience and tap into the creativity of the community.

Dillon Dam Brewery brewmaster Cory Forster chose to brew a type of steam beer with elements of both lagers and ales. While researching the artworks and artists in Passport To Paris, Forster was struck by the impressionists’ work depicting nature.

“I saw a lot of light, sunshine and faded blue skies in these paintings, so I immediately thought that this should be a light, yet complex, beer to represent the bright colors and deep shadows,” Forster said. “Looking at microbrews in modern-day Paris—and even back in the 1600s, when it wasn’t safe to drink water—I discovered that table beer was very common. It was generally a light, refreshing lager with a hint of lemon and mild coriander, sometimes combined with wheat, and sometimes with the more crisp Pilsen malts. Evoking the experimental spirit of the impressionists, I decided to use both wheat and Pilsen malts.

“A ray of sunshine in a glass,” is how Forster describes this brew. The light lager will start fermenting slow and cool, for a crisp finish. However, to represent the varied personalities of the many different impressionist artists on view, Forster added a bit of a Belgian Farmhouse yeast later on to finish off the beer. Then, as it cooled, he added a touch of rosebuds and a hint of lemongrass as “dry hops” to give it a slight aroma, evoking a beautiful day in the great outdoors.

“The invention of the paint tube in 1841 allowed artists to venture outdoors, or en plein air, and record on their canvases the ever-changing light and colors of nature,” said Angelica Daneo, curator of painting and sculpture at the DAM. “The impressionists embraced the modern world surrounding them and for their work took inspiration from it. I like to imagine Pissarro and Renoir would have enjoyed sipping this light lager while seating at an outdoor café in Montmartre.”

The beer will be tapped October 30 at the Rackhouse Pub in Denver and the Dillon Dam Brewery in Dillon.

About the Exhibition

On view through February 9, 2014, Passport to Paris is a trio of shows that will focus on French art from the late 1600s to early 1900s, and explore changes in art and society during three important centuries in art history. The museum will offer a full suite of complementary activities that highlights France and the French aesthetic. Additionally, a partnership with Colorado Symphony will allow both institutions to provide immersive and interactive experiences to their audiences.

Claude Monet, The Beach at Trouville, 1870. Oil on canvas. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund.
“Through three related yet distinct exhibitions, our visitors will experience the richness and complexity of French art, from the grand and monumental art of the time of Louis XIV to the lively depictions of contemporary life of the impressionists,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the Denver Art Museum. “This is a rare opportunity to view the work of masters—Degas, Monet, Pissarro, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh among others—and not just their paintings, but also their sketches and drawings, which is often the foundation for later masterpieces.”

Included in the Passport to Paris trio are Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum; Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection and the Denver Art Museum; and Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection.

Passport to Paris requires a special exhibition ticket that includes entrance to the suite of three shows, an audio guide for Court to Café and general museum admission. A specific entry time is required for Court to Café, but patrons can visit the other exhibitions freely. Patrons can purchase tickets via the website, or by calling 720-913-0130.

Passport to Paris is presented by Delta Dental of Colorado. Exhibition support is also provided by Wells Fargo, Adolph Coors Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Stockman Family Foundation, Fine Arts Foundation, Larimer Square, William La Bahn, the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4 and The Denver Post. Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum is organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Conn., and is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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Dillon Dam Brewery

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Denver Art Museum

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