Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Contact Info: 

Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
608.257.0158 x 237 or


Release Event on Friday, December 7 • 6–9 pm

This December, Civic Exchange Society (CES) will release CES-003 Sensible Work Black Tea Porter, the third and final release in its 2018 line of craft beverages. This black tea porter is a robust and toasty porter with notes of stone fruit and fine cured tobacco in the aroma. The flavor boasts earthy notes in this lightly hopped black tea infused brew, and also hints of dry forest berry, prune and cassis.

CES is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, artist Meg Mitchell, Octopi Brewing, and Art & Sons. This collective evolved as a way to call attention to acts of creative exchange—the ways individuals and organizations can combine talents, resources, and innovative thinking to encourage human connection through shared experiences.

A unique opportunity, the release event will take place at MMoCA on Friday, December 7 from 6-9 pm. Open to the first 100 people, this event will feature a participatory performance led by artist Meg Mitchell. Attendees will be able to purchase limited edition prints and glasses by the artist. Along with other elements, the interactive artist experience includes using the beverage can design to decode messages. Tickets are $5 for MMoCA members and $10 for non-members, at

CES-003 Sensible Work Black Tea Porter will be available to the public the first week in December and can be purchased at the following locations: Whole Foods Market, Woodman’s Market, Steve’s Wine Beer Spirits, and other stores in the Milwaukee and Fox Valley areas. It will also be available at Food Fight restaurants, including Fresco, Bassett Street Brunch Club, Cento, Everly, Miko Poke, and Canteen. Octopi Brewing generously donates a percentage of profits from CES sales to support MMoCA and its ongoing projects.


Civic Exchange Society evolved from Meg Mitchell’s large-scale sculptural installation, Tenacious Numismatic Hops Exchange: a hop garden for unyielding people, which MMoCA commissioned and installed in the spring of 2017. Mitchell’s Hops Exchange is composed of six identical aluminum beams extending up the brick wall in the museum’s rooftop garden. It is also a trellis system, a living artwork seasonally covered by a wild tangle of hop vines. The rooftop hops presented possibilities for practical and artistic uses. With the addition of creative partners Art & Sons and Octopi Brewing, a line of craft beverages was conceived that would be catalysts for social interaction. The first of these was a beer that included hops from the rooftop hops garden.


Housed in a soaring, iconic building on State Street, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art offers free admission to exhibitions and education programs that engage visitors in modern and contemporary art. The four galleries offer changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view. The award-winning Museum Store offers contemporary American craft and handmade jewelry, while Fresco, the museum’s rooftop restaurant, features local, seasonal ingredients in fine American cuisine.

Hours at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art are Tuesday–Thursday (noon–5 pm); Friday (noon–8 pm); Saturday (10 am–8 pm); and Sunday (noon–5 pm). The museum is closed on Mondays.

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