Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District
Neena here, your friendly Art Lives Here Coordinator! This week I got the opportunity to get into the minds of artists Kenny George and Patrick McDonough about Catalog Brewing, BEER GARDEN. This great project is going to kick off this Friday April 25th during Better Block Night, and will continue on throughout the Gateway Community Development Corporation’s Route 1 Farmer’s Market and Bazaar kicking off June 6th.
The project is titled Catalog Brewing, BEER GARDEN. Catalog Brewing is the name given to our recently created nano-brewery. The concept behind this nano brewery is to produce small batches of beer in the most local and sustainable ways possible. Some of the efforts we are undertaking to begin this endeavor include growing hops in container gardens made from reclaimed bathtubs, rainwater collection, filtration, and homemade solar water heating, and the exploration of different plant matter that is high in simple sugars and will grow abundantly in a confined space. BEER GARDEN is the name we are giving to the experimental lab space where we will test and explore sustainable beer making practices.
Currently, our project resides at in a vacant building front on Rhode Island Ave (3310-3378 Rhode Island Ave, Mount Rainier, MD 20712) just west of the Mount Rainier traffic circle. On April 25th, we are inviting the public to come to our inaugural event, Catalog Brewing, Home Brewer Exchange Library. This event will take place at Urban Eats from 7-10pm, and all home brewers and beer enthusiasts are welcome. We are encouraging home brewers bring a 6 pack of their finest, weirdest, and most delicious batches of brew to exchange with others. We will also be serving tastings of a couple beers made with some home grown Maryland hops.
Other events and changing locations for the BEER GARDEN are forthcoming, and you can stay updated by visiting www.catalogbrewing.com
We were thrilled at the opportunity to inaugurate Catalog Brewing in the Gateway Arts District, a dynamic corridor that is home to so many exciting artists, fabricators, activists, and engaged citizens. In our mind it is a place that in a number of ways is rapidly establishing itself as the Brooklyn to DC’s Manhattan. We have seen our friends-JJ McCracken, Margaret Boozer, Siobhan Rigg, Community Forklift, Franklin’s and others-helping to develop a space that is committed to community, environment, and collaboration. Not to mention, look at all of our namesake Sears Catalog houses in the area!
In our mind, creative placemaking highlights the abilities of cultural producers of all sorts to act as the conduit between various contexts, constituencies, and other entities. When done right, these activities and processes reinforce existing communities and economies, yet pave the way for new and different methods of engagement. We do feel that at all points we must be considering the ways that these interactions can be made durable and lasting, not fleeting and temporary. This is the opportunity of conscious place development-to not mimic the chronology of slowly building pressure on those without power.