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    Art Hops - Call for Artists

    Call for Artists! A Beer Identity Design Contest to Celebrate that Great Art and Great Beer Overflowing in Kalamazoo!



    In 2016, Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Arcadia Brewing Company, Imperial Beverage and Millennium Restaurant Group joined forces to create a special beer, aptly named Art Hops, to celebrate Kalamazoo’s monthly Art Hop program. 

    Starting in September, we are calling on all artists to submit an original piece of artwork suitable for public consumption to represent the 2017 Art Hops Beer! The winning artwork will be the face of Art Hops beer in all marketing and promotional materials, including web and social media for the 2017 calendar year. You and your art will be recognized through a media release and other media opportunities, plus we’ll show off your original artwork for 90 days at all of the sponsor locations. Oh, and did we mention? There’s cash prize of $500!

    Creating a work of art you can truly be proud of requires three key ingredients; inspiration, dedication and perspiration. That’s the spirit behind Art Hops beer. This bright, balanced and approachable pale ale is packed with four types of hops, orange peel, and a sweet, calm maltiness to keep things smooth. The finish is short and drying to keep your palate refreshed and ready for what's next. Simultaneously packed with flavor and restraint, this crisp, refreshing beer is flavorful enough to keep your interest, but not so powerful that it grows tiring. Fruity aromas of peaches, lemon, orange, tangerine, and myriad other fruits ride on top of smooth, slightly bready malt. Yes indeed, great beer and great art are overflowing in Kalamazoo… so why wouldn’t you want to drink in that kind of creative energy?

    A combination of donations and proceeds from the sale of Art Hops beer will benefit the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and Art Hop program. The 2017 Art Hops beer and winning design will be revealed at the January 6, 2017 Art Hop event – which leads up to Kalamazoo Beer Week!


    When is the contest?!

    Art Submission: Begins 12:01AM on September 9, 2016. Ends 11:59 PM on October 15, 2016. The Sponsor Jury Panel will select a maximum of 15 entries which will advance to Round Two, where the public will vote from November 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM through November 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM to select the overall winner.


    What are you waiting for? Hop to it!

    For the official contest rules and entry form, please see the links below.

    A Collaborative Project Between:

    • Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo
    • Arcadia Ales
    • Imperial Beverage
    • Millennium Group
      • Art Hop

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