by Katie Clark
Whether youâ€™re Denver born-and-bred or one of the 50,000 visitors expected to descend upon the city for next weekâ€™s DNC, itâ€™s the perfect time to tap into the cityâ€™s most prized tradition â€“ its beer. The conventionâ€™s first three nights are closed to all but delegates, so here are our picks for the best places to catch the political action while celebrating Americaâ€™s hard-won right to brews. Errâ€¦ we meanâ€¦ choose.
- Monday, August 25, â€œOne Nationâ€: Wynkoop Brewing Co.: Mayor John Hickenlooper will be serving his new Windpower Wheat, with a portion of proceeds going to the American Wind Energy Association. No matter your political party, the partiers at Denverâ€™s first brewpub are sure to unite over a common love of the classic cask-conditioned ales. NOTE: Wynkoop says theyâ€™re actually sold out for this event, but that folks can stop by later in the week for the beer. S&R encourages people to use their political sweet-talking capabilities as appropriate.
- Tuesday, August 26, â€œRenewing Americaâ€™s Promiseâ€: Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant: With Hillary Clinton at the helm of this eveningâ€™s festivities, toast the indefeasible presidential hopeful with the breweryâ€™s famed Blonde Bock, a rich, malty lager strong enough to share a shade with the Senator. A long-time winner of the cityâ€™s Great American Beer Festival, here youâ€™ll find fellow aficionados equally willing to debate the merits of German beer and German foreign policy.
- Wednesday, August 27, â€œSecuring Americaâ€™s Futureâ€: Falling Rock Tap House: An unmatched selection of more than seventy beers on tap, many of them local and domestic, provide the perfect setting to listen to Obamaâ€™s long-anticipated TBA running-mate regale us with Americaâ€™s strengths. Of course, running down the list of taps is a great way to start tracking â€“ beginning with the topical Great Divide Denver Pale Ale.
For more on Denver’s outstanding suds options, see the Scrogue’s Guide to Beer and Brewpubs.