’Koop Town

With the hiring of beer-marketing guru and former Oskar Blues ideas man Marty Jones, the Wynkoop Brewing Company – already Denver’s biggest and best-known brewpub – is making even bigger plans, beginning with its first annual Beers of the Year event.

“There is indeed a move afoot to boost the focus on the grade-A beer at the joint,” Jones explains. “It's been fermenting for the past eighteen months or so with the arrival of (head brewer and another former Oskar Blueser) Andy Brown.”

Jones will also help direct the Wynkoop’s new canning venture: Railyard Ale was the first to get the aluminum treatment last August, and Silverback Porter is up next.

The Beers of the Year fest features 25 Wynkoop brews, including one keg each of every specialty beer that Wynkoop brewed in 2009. There will also be some vintage 2008 brews. It all takes place today, November 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. upstairs at the Wynkoop, 1634 18th Street. Four-ounce samples are $1 each, and the cost for unlimited samples is just $25.

Some of the beers include Mile HI.P.A., the Dunkel, the Big Easy Black Lager, Somergras Citrus Ale, the Obamanator, from 2008, and Tripel 666’s, also from 2008. For more information, call 303-297-2700.
Sat., Nov. 7, 1-5 p.m., 2009

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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