48 Beer Project Plan B
The 48 Beer Project is a cultural exploration of the craft beer industry and the community it serves.
*Note: Please follow links to read publications from various magazines and news sources, for details and stories about the project!*
Last summer, I converted a short bus (named Fearless ) to serve as my home and art studio, that I have taken to the open road, to partner with one brewery in each of the lower 48 states on one of a kind beer label artwork, while documenting the experience through photo and blogging, and a collection of videos, for future exhibition.
The project is scheduled for one year, and to date I have driven over 10k miles through 25 states, collaborated with 24 breweries, one per week since September 2018. The journey has been epic thus far!
Unfortunately, I have been dealing with a major coolant leak for some time, and finally had it diagnosed here in Arizona. Turns out Fearless the bus has a cracked engine block, and can drive no more! Thankfully she can live at family's property, and act as my home base for the duration of the project.
We are only half way to the finish line though! With 23 states to go and just under 6 more months...I am going to need to find a replacement vehicle that I can sleep in and rely on for many more miles of travel and brewery engagement! I need to secure the funding asap, as I have a schedule to keep to stay on track for my September 8th return to Maine !
Photo credit: Paige French for Imbibe Magazine
I have had amazing support from sponsors and friends and total strangers, and I am grateful beyond words! This project is far more than art, beer, or the road life. The 48 Beer Project is weaving together relationships and stories and highlighting all the positive things that craft beer has done for communities.
Your support will contribute to sharing all this with the world. With a trustworthy vehicle, we will be able to continue the journey and at the close of the tour, host an exhibition for all to join in the experience.
....book to follow.
Beer fan? Check out this list of participating breweries!
Allagash | Foam Brewers | Trillium | Plan Bee | Long Live | Creature Comforts | Great Notion | Civil Society | Blackberry Farm | Birds Fly South | Ex Novo | Collective Brewing Project | Lazy Magnolia | Central Standard | Exile | Ozark | Wild Mind | Mikerphone | Speciation | Funk Factory | E Nine | Melvin | Epic | Casa Agria | Bozeman | Tombstone | Cerebral | Prairie | Drekker | Fernson | Jackie O's | Weathered Ground | Bond Brothers | Adroit Theory | Union | Beer'd | Dancing Gnome | Parleaux |Brickway | Perennial | Indiana City | Against the Grain | Northwoods | Magnify | Wilmington | Etc.
Again, I need funding to purchase a reliable vehicle, insured and registered, to get to the remaining 23 states/breweries! There's still many more stories waiting to be heard!
Here's a pic of the new ride, named Sonni :) She isn't in perfect shape, but so far she's driven me 3,000 miles for this first mini tour! Fingers crossed for the remaining 19 states.
Though I've taken on a little extra work, I was set back a bit with the 6 week hiatus, and could certainly still use all the help I can get!
Thanks for sharing and caring and general awesomeness!
This project means so much to so many people! There's a lot more road, more art, and more beer to be shared!
I owe these guys much more than another 6 months of touring!
Thus far, I’ve conversed with hundreds of strangers, on an endless array of topics, and from them, I’ve learned so much. I’ve been able to share many stories already, with many more in the barrel, waiting to be written.
I’ve been invited by perfect strangers to dinner, to hear an old friend play original music at a country pub, to explore incredible street art and breweries I didn’t know existed.
I’ve been the minority at many a business throughout the south, experienced hard times and unimaginably great ones.
At my collaborating breweries, I have indulged in some of this country’s best beer, met fantastic folks, eaten top notch food truck meals, and enjoyed being a fly on the wall!
The ride isn’t just mine. This is for everyone, and I thank you all for being so supportive and encouraging of the 48 Beer Project!
The show must, and certainly will, go on!