Odell BrewingBeer gets a seat at the big kids' table.When Coloradans elected former beer man John Hickenlooper to the state's top post last November, they had no idea they'd be letting the entire craft-brewing industry into the Governors' Mansion as well. But that's what happened last night ... More >>
Hickenlooper.Fresh from another round of eco-devo meetings and a quick side trip to a Craig hospital to get five stitches after he bumped his head in his state car, John Hickenlooper landed back in Denver in time for a reunion party at El Diablo with campaign staffers and supporters who worke ... More >>
Hickenlooper.John Hickenlooper's appearance on ABC's This Week yesterday wasn't nearly as warm and fuzzy as his holiday gig on the same network's Good Morning America two years ago. This time, he was part of a roundtable of four "top" governors taking on the country's budget crisis and big la ... More >>
Hick no more.After flying into DIA last night and hopping on the train, I was greeted by former mayor John Hickenlooper delivering a hearty "Welcome to Denver." But soon, current mayor Bill Vidal will have his say. But after the wild will-he/won't-he events of the past week, you can't help w ... More >>
Hickenlooper.Governor John Hickenlooper is revving up his eco-devo engine. Last month, he toured Colorado for four days, holding confabs in eight towns; Denver gets its turn today, at a Bottom-Up Economic Development Meeting at the Cable Center at the University of Denver. And have we got som ... More >>
Hickenlooper.We were a little disappointed not to see John Hickenlooper in his '80s-era red ski outfit when he welcomed the Snowsports Industries America show to town with cowbells yesterday. "What do you think of my new duds?" he asked, showing off his jacket. Frankly, it seemed a little sed ... More >>
Hickenlooper.Governor John Hickenlooper welcomed press, exhibitors, buyers and industry execs to the opening of the Snowsports Industries America annual trade show, an event formerly held in Sin City. As everyone in Colorado understands, Denver is a much more appropriate home for SIA -- and ... More >>
Look familiar? Then-mayor John Hickenlooper tries a truck at Civic Center EatsGourmet food trucks were the biggest trend of 2010. But by the end of last year, a few of these enterprises had run into roadblocks set up by the city's confusing rules and regulations; a couple of the trucks had g ... More >>
Hickenlooper.Beer was flowing (figuratively, at least) when John Hickenlooper offered his first address to the Colorado Legislature yesterday and told the story of a brewpub. Not the Denver-centric story of the Wynkoop Brewing Co., the iconic LoDo spot, but a venture that grew out of that pro ... More >>
Bill Vidal.Now that John Hickenlooper has been sworn in as governor, and Bill Vidal is officially Denver's interim mayor, the focus will soon shift to the race for the next mayor. A dozen candidates have already declared, and two high-profile names -- Linda Alvarado and Walter Isenberg -- are ... More >>
Hickenlooper.The most moving sight in a day filled with eye-popping activities surrounding the inauguration of John Hickenlooper: the lineup of former governors -- Dick Lamm, Roy Romer, Bill Owens, Bill Ritter (and on video, John Vanderhoof) -- on the stage of the Fillmore Auditorium. The od ... More >>
Jonathan ShikesJohn Hickenlooper on the beer wagon.While the party was just getting started at the Fillmore Auditorium, Governor John Hickenlooper arrived in the gritty parking lot of a Blockbuster store about a block away to begin the ride of a lifetime. Or at least the ride of the night. ... More >>
Bill VidalThe most-asked question that new Denver mayor Bill Vidal has heard since it became clear he was going to be the 44th leader of the city has been this: What is he going to do about the cop problem? Allegations of police brutality among the ranks of the Denver Police Department have ... More >>
Hickenlooper.Eight years ago, John Hickenlooper was barely a blip in early polling for the 2003 mayoral election. Four years ago, he won re-election in a walk. This morning, he'll resign the office of Denver mayor -- and the happiest people in town will be the dozen candidates who've alread ... More >>
At 8:30 this morning at the City and County Building downtown, John Hickenlooper will officially resign as mayor of the City of Denver, leaving him unemployed for the few minutes it will take him to walk over to the State Capitol to be sworn in as governor. Normally, that short jog would be n ... More >>
Hickenlooper's crowning achievement. John Hickenlooper officially became Colorado's governor at today's inauguration. As the drawing above illustrates, I crowned King John nearly a decade ago in a comic prediction. Look below to see the full comic, as well as the ten-year evolution of Hick a ... More >>
Hickenlooper.John Hickenlooper has not yet been inaugurated as Colorado's next governor, and the city of which he is still mayor -- for another 26 hours or so -- is buried in the sort of snowstorm that shows how much Mother Nature loves mocking Denver's politicians. Remember Bill McNichols? ... More >>
Hickenlooper.John Hickenlooper is moving fast to build his administration. Since December 31, he's announced more than a dozen appointments, including three yesterday alone: Barbara Kelley will remain as director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, Larry Trujillo will continue as head o ... More >>
John Hickenlooper.Next Tuesday morning, John Hickenlooper will resign his post as Denver mayor, a job he's held almost eight years, but is giving up to become Colorado governor, and walk out of the City and County Building and across Civic Center Park towards the State Capitol -- right into a ... More >>
John Hickenlooper, governor-electA week from today, at 8:30 a.m., John Hickenlooper will resign his job as the mayor of Denver, then leave his office at the City and County Building (where he had a stripe painted around the top of the room at a point exactly a mile high) and walk across Civic ... More >>
Make 2011 great!If you're like me, you make your New Year's resolutions easy. For 2011, I vowed to watch both the new and old versions of True Grit. Done and done, and don't I feel good! But if you want something that takes a little longer, try upgrading your beer-drinking program. Give ten ... More >>
Hickenlooper.Yesterday, John Hickenlooper returned to the Denver Press Club -- an iconic joint he first visited two decades ago, when he was thinking of writing a screenplay about Damon Runyon, a Denver Post writer who moved on to New York and gained a national reputation for his celebration ... More >>
John Hickenlooper.The election's been over for a month, but people on governor-elect John Hickenlooper's e-mail list got one last fundraising message today. Turns out Hick's campaign still owes $9,500 to small vendors and local businesses, and he's hoping to raise that much by midnight tonigh ... More >>
Nice head.As if the Wynkoop Brewing Company didn't have enough going on today -- it announced that it will join with Breckenridge Brewing -- it has also named (tentatively) the beer it plans to brew in honor of brewery co-founder and Governor-elect John Hickenlooper. Hickenlooper's InaugurAl ... More >>
All aboard for Denver.You know you're back in Denver when you hear that bossy voice admonish you for "delaying the departure of this train" at DIA. It belongs to 9News' Adele Arakawa, who replaced original admonisher Reynelda Muse. Likewise, the cheery "hold on" now comes from Alan Roach rath ... More >>
Cassandra KotnickThe Mercury Cafe, still rising.At 6 p.m. tonight at the Mercury Cafe, still-Mayor John Hickenlooper will hand out Denver's 2010 Mayor's Design Awards, honoring eleven neighborhood projects that combine form and function in remarkable ways. Several of the winners are restauran ... More >>
John Hickenlooper isn't turning his back on City Hall Even as John Hickenlooper was heading to the Capitol the day after the election to discuss his plans for the state, city employees were reading this e-mail from the governor-elect: "Many of you have already asked what happens now. As excit ... More >>
buckfifty.orgJohn Hickenlooper before he got all political (far left).The Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, plans to make a special beer in January to coincide with John Hickenlooper's inauguration as Colorado's governor. Hickenlooper co-founded the Wynkoop in 1988 and ran it until ... More >>
John Hickenlooper."I can't keep saying I'm not a politician," governor-elect and definite politician John Hickenlooper said yesterday as he stood the State Capitol, outlining his transition-team plans. From where he stood, he could see his mayoral office at the Denver City & County Building. ... More >>
John Hickenlooper.When Tom Tancredo pulled to within four points of John Hickenlooper in a major poll, we guessed that Hick supporters would get ugly on their guy's behalf. But WhoSaidYouSaid tracked down a recent clip in which Hickenlooper personally takes a more-overt-than-usual shot at Tan ... More >>
Against all odds, Denver has a vibrant downtown that weds the present with the past -- and today, it celebrates both something old and something new, starting with a ribbon-cutting at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver at 1111 14th Street.
Beer holds no grudges, and neither, apparently does Invesco Field. Beginning with the Denver Broncos game on October 17, the stadium will begin serving Rail Yard Ale in cans in its six River's Edge beer stands. It joins just a handful of other Colorado microbrews in the stadium, which is a b ... More >>
Think Hickenlooper is a bicycle-riding, illegal immigrant-loving, tax-happy left-wing radical elitist? Think again, pal. Turns out "Hick" is a conservative, big-government-hating Republican who opposes Communist conspiracies and civil rights laws.
Full-sized comic below. Colorado gubernatorial candidates John Hickenlooper (above, right) and Tom Tancredo (above, left) answer a Seventeen.com Twilight quiz to help fans of the novel and film series elect a governor based on whether he would play on Team Edward, or Team Jacob...
John Hickenlooper.Even as Tom Tancredo's partied with Dog the Bounty Hunter and Dan Maes has defended his firing as a Kansas cop, John Hickenlooper's been trying not to screw up a scenario that led GOP boss Dick Wadhams to brand him the world's luckiest guy. But is Tancredo starting to get un ... More >>
Now, in the center ring, Denver mayor John Hickenlooper is about to get a chance to show mercy to elephants -- even if, as the Democratic candidate for governor, Hickenlooper has Republicans on the run in Colorado (with a major assist from the sideshow of Tom Tancredo's candidacy).
John Hickenlooper.Those Denver blog posts just keep comin'. Colorado Pols quotes the University of Virginia's Larry Sabato calling John Hickenlooper the "unofficial-Governor elect." Can even the Dems blow this one? Inside the Rockies' Steve Foster recaps yesterday's painful Rockies loss to ... More >>
Hickenlooper."Change. Not Charity." That's the mantra at Chinook Fund, the nonprofit devoted to social justice that John Hickenlooper -- then an unemployed geologist thinking about opening a brewpub -- co-founded over two decades ago. Because of its ties to Hickenlooper, the charity is in the ... More >>
Hickenlooper.At noon, all three Colorado gubernatorial candidates are slated to be at Channel 12 to tape the first debate of the season, which is scheduled to air tomorrow night. That's the day the Colorado Secretary of State's office must officially certify the names on the November ballot.
If high-energy prop-comic John Hickenlooper is willing to shower in his clothes to tout that he is running a "clean" campaign for Colorado Governor, then just imagine what he will won't be wearing to emphasize his administration's promise to "establish a system of transparency and open gove ... More >>
Hick makin' copies.Today, Denver Post columnist Mike Littwin notes that guv candidate John Hickenlooper wouldn't be running ads depicting him taking a shower with his clothes on in a normal campaign -- an observation reinforced by Hick's latest spot, which shows him saving money by using tap ... More >>
John Hickenlooper's first TV ad is out, and it's just as wacky as the ad that really revved up his run for Denver mayor seven years ago, which showed him suiting up for the campaign. This time, the candidate again goes through several wardrobe changes -- all of which wind up all wet, as Hicke ... More >>
The first segment of a massive reconstruction project along the South Broadway Corridor was officially completed today, a four-block stretch from Arizona to Iowa avenues. Denver mayor John Hickenlooper, city council president Chris Nevitt and Denver Department of Public Works manager Bill Vidal wer ... More >>
From the video below.Yesterday, we told you about a disagreement between the Office of the Independent Monitor's Richard Rosenthal and Manager of Safety Ron Perea over the April 2009 Denver Police beating of Michael DeHerrera. A video seems to show DeHerrera being attacked by Officer Devin Sp ... More >>
John Hickenlooper.Remember John Hickenlooper? He's running for governor -- but you'd hardly know it given how much attention has been paid to his opponents: alleged plagiarist Scott McInnis, accused lousy businessman Dan Maes, and party-busting Tom Tancredo. Not that he or his spokespeople a ... More >>
John Hickenlooper's campaign is pushing some new gear: bumperstickers, pint glasses and T-shirts. But what it really should be selling is a version of the invisible lucky asbestos underpants Hickenlooper must be wearing -- because even as his staffers gear up for the inevitable mud-slinging, ... More >>
We knew working out is good for you, but this is ridiculous. According to a "What's Your Workout" story in the July 6 Wall Street Journal, exercise helped Mayor John Hickenlooper not only shave off ten pounds, but ten years -- since the article initially said he was 48 years old.
Full-sized art below.If John Hickenlooper has taught us anything, it is that a Denver mayor is not to be judged by his accomplishments, but by his clever campaign photo-op outfits. In keeping with his mayoral magic of gaining attention through gimmicky garments, the goofy geek gets decked out ... More >>