One of the greatest challenges facing museums today is getting people to come in the door, then keeping them coming back for more. So the History Colorado Center is testing a concept this summer that could be just the ticket: History Buffs & Brews, a libations-centric opportunity to learn while you quaff in the museum's Rendezvous Cafe. The history side of the series rotates between trivia nights, beer and spirits talks, and guided collections-viewing; deputy state historian Jason Hanson and Bryan Baltzell of Great Divide Brewing will pour out a beer-history talk tonight. And it's no surprise that Denver has a suds-filled story.
“First, we'll highlight the first beer ever brewed in Denver – by the Rocky Mountain Brewery, in 1859 – and then Bryan will flash forward to the story of Great Divide brewing beer in Denver in a historic building,” Hanson shares. After that, a second presentation will “highlight where early brewers were sourcing their malt, hops and yeast, as well as Great Divide's sourcing and use of ingredients.”
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A sampling of three beers “that really illuminate the different flavors of each ingredient” will showcase Hoss Oktoberfest Lager for malt, Hercules Double IPA for hops, and the Nadia Kali hibiscus-ginger saison for yeast, he adds.
Enjoy History Buffs & Brews from 4 to 7 p.m. August 9 at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway. Admission is free, but be prepared to pony up for drinks and appetizers at happy-hour prices. Current plans call for the series to continue every Tuesday through August, but it could be extended into the fall, according to spokeswoman Brooke Gladstone. Learn more at historycolorado.org.