Company Drinks is art in the shape of a community drinks enterprise, which can be described as a new public space, one which connects and re-connects people in east London with available and common resources. Company Drinks is situated in a particular geography, the Greater London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, and it invites the residents and users of this area to join a collectivized cycle of drinks production.
Company Drinks links the history of East Londoners ‘going hop picking’ in Kent to the formation of a new community enterprise, which brings people together to pick, process and produce drinks in east London today.
Company Drinks is a new type of company, where the commercial supports the communal and cultural. Each year, we run a full public accessible drinks production cycle of growing, picking, processing, branding, bottling, trading and reinvesting. We produce syrups, sodas, saps, tonics, ciders, pops and beers. And we create an open, inter-generational and cross-cultural public space, where we can meet to produce something useful with and for each other.
Company Drinks was initiated by artist Kathrin Böhm / Myvillages in 2014, and it started with the simple invitation to residents in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to go picking again. Every year more than 2000 people from across the borough and the art world engage with our company through picking and foraging trips, workshops, public events, Molecular Fizz sessions, Hopping Afternoons, a Grow Club and the activities of the Centre for Plausible Economies.