A Ray of Sunshine in a Glass
Denver Art Museum Passport to Parris

Visit the Passport to Paris Website

Beer Naming Contest

  • Starting on October 7, go to either the Dam Brewery’s Facebook or the DAM’s Facebook page and submit your beer name suggestions.
  • Then on October 10 return to vote on your favorite until October 13. The winning name will be rewarded with tickets to Passport To Paris and Dam Brewery prizes.

The Dam Brewery Celebrates the Denver Art Museum's Passport to Paris

From October 27 to February 9, you can travel to Paris just by going to Denver. The Dam Brewery is collaborating once again with the Denver Art Museum (DAM) to brew a beer in celebration of its blockbuster show -- Passport to Paris.

Discover French Art

Passport to Paris is a trio of exhibits that includes 125 works from 3 centuries of French Art. View masterpieces from some of the rock stars of the art world: Monet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cezanne, Morisot, Sisley and others. More below.

Discover a French Inspired Beer

Brewmaster Cory Forster calls the Passport to Paris Beer a ray of sunshine in a glass. It is a type of ‘steam’ beer with both lager and ale elements. See more of the description below. Find it on tap at the Rackhouse Pub in Denver as well as at the Dillon Dam Brewery.

About the Beer

Brewmaster Cory Forster describes the collaboration in the Video News Release.

A ray of sunshine in a glass, is how Brewmaster Cory Forster describes this beer. It is a type of ‘steam’ beer with both lager and ale elements and a bit of an experiment – just like the impressionist paintings.

While researching the artworks by the Passport To Paris artists, Forster was struck mostly by the works depicting nature.

“For the first time, paint became affordable enough that artists could paint the great outdoors, and life as it happened around them. Many created works which were studies of pure light and color and they were moving into a newer way of seeing,” explained Forster.

“As a brewer and “liquid artist,” I too strive to see and taste the world in new ways, and share these visions with others via our beers.”

“I see lots of light, sunshine, and faded blue skies in these paintings, and so I immediately thought that this should be a light, refreshing beer, yet complex and deep too, to represent the bright colors and deep shadows,” said Forster.

“Looking into micro brews in modern day Paris, I discovered a light lager with a hint of lemon and mild coriander, sometimes described with wheat, and sometimes with the more crisp Pilsen malts -- so I decided to use both.”

“This light, lager beer will start fermenting slow and cool, for a clean crisp finish, but to represent the personalities of many different Impressionists, I’m also going to add a bit of a Belgian Farmhouse yeast later on to finish it off. Then, as it is cooling, we'll add just a little bit of rosebuds and a touch of lemongrass as “dry hops” to give it that slight, fresh aroma of a beautiful day in the great outdoors that the Impressionists loved so much.”

Monet · Degas · Renoir · Toulouse-Lautree · Van Gogh

Passport To Paris Includes Three Exhibits. Go to ParisinDenver.com for more information.

From The Denver Art Museum’s Website

Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum

Features 50 masterpieces from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn. The artworks visually unfold the richness of French painting, ranging from the 1600s through the early 1900s and include religious and mythological subjects, portraits, landscapes, still lifes and genre scenes. This exhibition tour is the first time that all of these works have been shown as a group. Artists featured include Nicolas Poussin, François Boucher, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Claude Monet.

Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection & the Denver Art Museum

Displays the stunning work of nineteenth century Impressionist artists. Focusing on landscape paintings, the exhibition will feature about 36 artworks from the private collection of Frederic C. Hamilton and the DAM’s own holdings. Impressionists focused on a specific time and place and, for the first time, artists could take their easels and paints and work outside, free from the constraints of studio space and light. Artists featured include Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, and Alfred Sisley.

Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection

Inspired by the drawings cabinets of gentlemen and connoisseurs, this exhibition will offer a space where visitors can get close to artworks whose intimate nature invites contemplation and close-up viewing. Comprised of approximately 39 works-on-paper, the exhibition includes a range of techniques from rapid sketches to finished pastels. The artworks represent exquisite examples of draughtsmanship by some of the most celebrated French masters and allow an in-depth look into the creative process of artists. The entire exhibition is drawn from the private collection of Dr. Esmond Bradley Martin. Artists featured include François Boucher, Jacques-Louis David, Théodore Géricault, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Claude Monet, and Alfred Sisley.

A special exhibition ticket will give visitors access to all three exhibitions for a delightful discovery of French art.