The Bounty on John Denver's Head is Now a Year's Supply of Free Beer

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Last week we brought you the news that a bust of John Denver, on loan to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame by the legendary singer's estate, had been stolen from the 1STBANK Center. When security at the venue realized the bust was missing, they filed a report with the Broomfield Police Department.

See also: Some Monster Stole John Denver's Head

It went from a theft to a trending topic the next day when the radio station and venue posted a plea for the return of John Denver's head, along with a promise that there would be no repercussions for the thief if he or she brought it to the KBPI studios.

Dad & Dude's Breweria upped the ante on Thursday, offering a year's supply of free beer to anyone who returned the bust to their brewpub in Aurora. While the radio station and venue made their appeal to the shame of whoever took it, the brewery opted for empathy.

"The offer needs to be enticing, or you'll probably hoard the statue for life! After all, I would," wrote Mason Hembree (the "dude" of the company's founding duo) in a Facebook post. He applauded the "John Denver Heist Mastermind" on a feat of "punk rock magnitude." He explained that he wanted to see the statue returned in honor of his mother, whose love for the "natural and unreserved" singer led her to drag a young Mason to John Denver tribute shows.

Meanwhile, the Broomfield Police continue to investigate, searching security-camera footage for evidence and collecting the observations of bystanders. Who knows whether their efforts will lead them to the John Denver Heist Mastermind, but if it does, he or she is likely to face felony theft charges, which carry with them a minimum prison sentence of one year -- time that could be spent drinking Dad & Dude's Dank IPA.


- The fifty best rap lyrics of all time - The ten biggest concert buzzkills - Five more concert buzzkills - From Phish to Floyd, the ten best light shows

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.