Only history books will be able to properly assess the mayorships of John Hickenlooper and Michael Hancock, and whose administration did more for Denver. But there's one area in which Hancock will always be a step behind: beer.
Still, the mayor will get his feet wet on Wednesday, possibly for real, when he's scheduled to help brew a pumpkin beer at the Denver Beer Co -- a brew that will be served at the kickoff of Denver Beer Fest, which runs October 5-13. Hancock plans to help crush and shovel barley, mix in the pumpkin and generally assist the brewers.
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The idea came about when Denver Beer Co owners Patrick Crawford and Charlie Berger teamed up with Visit Denver and the Colorado Brewers Guild to pitch the idea to the mayor's office, Crawford says.
The beer itself will be made using pumpkins provided by Denver Urban Gardens and will be named with help from Visit Denver's Facebook friends. The convention and visitor's bureau created Denver Beer Fest three years ago as a way to complement the three-day Great American Beer Festival, which takes place every fall. The Mayor will announce the official name for the brew when he kicks off the Fest.
Wanna check it out or chat with the mayor? Denver Beer Co opens at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19 (a little earlier than normal), and the brewing will begin at 2:30. The mayor plans to spend about 45 minutes there, although the beer won't be ready for two weeks.
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