Politics and beer have a long intertwined history. The founders of our country hammered out some of the very foundation upon which our country rests today in pubs over pints of American craft-brewed beer. Brewpubs have long provided a meeting place for the common citizen to discuss the issues of the day.
Benjamin Franklin said “There can’t be good living where there is not good drinking”. Well in that case, let me assure you, there is good living in Denver. As a city with a mayor who is a former brewpub owner, Denver understands the importance of good beer and the connection between beer and politics. With all the discussion of democracy in town this week, what better way to do it than over one of the world’s best craft brewed beers made right here in Colorado. As Thomas Jefferson once said “Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health.” So if you find yourself in a heated policy discussion, grab a pint, cheer your spirit and make a new friend.
Every DNC attendee should take home a few bottles of Avery Brewing Company’s Ale to the Chief. This is a limited release American IPA with a wonderful hoppy aroma. The first line of the parchment scroll looking label reads “We the Brewers of Avery Brewing Company, in order to form a more perfect ale, require a new leadership that can liberate us from our quagmires in foreign lands…”. This would make a fine celebration drink for a Democrat to enjoy on November 4, 2008 and January 20, 2009.
Pliny the Elder, another Imperial IPA is running for President with claims to provide “Hopcare for everyone” and to “Bring our troops foam”. Although Pliny is from Russian River Brewing in California, we won’t hold it against him.
American craft brewers have a tradition of supporting our environment, donating profits to charity and being all around responsible corporate citizens. Look for Colorado brews from these outstanding Colorado breweries while you are in town: Great Divide, Breckenridge, Wynkoop, New Belgium, O’Dell, Dry Dock, Flying Dog, Left Hand, Oskar Blues, Golden City Brewery, Avery, Boulder Beer, Twisted Pine, Ska, Steamworks, Tommyknocker and many many more. If it’s Colorado beer then rest assured it’s good.
Cheers and here’s to the DNC curing what ale’s us!
Some of the Denver Metro establishments offering great beer:
Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake St, Denver (Pub Food)
Argonaut Liquors, 700 E Colfax, Denver (Beer, liquor, wine store)
Great Divide Tap Room, 2201 Arapahoe St, Denver (Brewery tap room)
Breckenridge Brewing Company, 2220 Blake St., Denver (Brewpub)
Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th St, Denver (Brewpub)
My Brother’s Bar, 2376 15th St, Denver (Pub Food)
Mel’s Bar and Grill, 5970 South Holly St, Greenwood Village (Casual Fine Dining)
Dry Dock Brewing Company, 15110 E Hampden Ave, Aurora (Brewery tap room)
Brian O’Connell, Senior Research Associate, JVA Consulting
When Brian is not leading research and evaluation projects at JVA, he brews, and blogs about, beer.