Colorado is at the forefront of the national craft brewing movement. Denver hosts the annual Great American Beer Festival (the premier industry event for showcasing new products) the micro and home brewing revolution began in Boulder, and the state is home to an increasing number of the best and most innovative brews in the world. Thanks to Colorado's history of supporting this industry, several of the state’s largest craft breweries are undertaking expansions that could make them among the largest independent breweries in America. Simultaneously, we have seen a recent explosion of new craft breweries opening in Denver and throughout the state. There’s a seismic shift happening in the way beer is made, consumed, and sold in this country, and Colorado is leading the way.
Come celebrate and learn about Colorado's burgeoning beer business by hearing from the founders and leaders of the state's breweries. The panel of top brewers will discuss the history, industry, and craft of craft brewing, as well as what makes Colorado such a unique place to that movement. The panel will be moderated by The Denver Post's beer aficionado and industry blogger Eric Gorski.
To celebrate the Holidays and to allow you to taste some of the local product, we'll have a cash bar including half-price/half-pours of microbrews.
About Brian Dunn of Great Divide Brewing Company
During the late 80s, Brian Dunn spent 5 years overseas building farms in developing countries. Having grown up in a family that appreciated good food and drink, Dunn expanded his knowledge and passion for beer during his travels. Dunn eventually returned to Colorado, started homebrewing and went to graduate school. Upon graduation in 1993, when Denver’s craft beer scene barely existed, he set out to found what would eventually become one of America’s most decorated and celebrated craft breweries.
About Andy Brown of Wynkoop Brewing Company
As Beer Maestro of the Wynkoop Brewing Company, Andy stays busy managing the ever flowing taps at the pub, the rapidly expanding distribution efforts of the Wynkoop and the joint venture between Wynkoop and the Breckenridge Breweries. A professional brewer for 13 years, Andy attended the American Brewers Guild Craft Brewers program in 1999, followed by an internship at the Elysian brewpub in Seattle, and has worked at several breweries in Colorado before finding his home at the Wynkoop.
About Todd Usry of Breckenridge Brewery
Todd has devoted his 20-year brewing career to Breckenridge Brewery. In 1991, he invested in the expansion of the brewery from Breckenridge, CO, to Denver. It was during those first years with Breckenridge Brewery that he completed his brewing studies at the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago and his apprenticeship under a Canadian brewmaster. Today, Todd is brewmaster and oversees all brewing, packaging, distribution, sales, and marketing.
ON THE MENU
Roasted Pork Loin, Sun Dried Cherry Demi Glace
Polenta and Roasted Vegetable Napoleon, Sun-Dried Tomato Coulis