Background: Colorado likes to think of itself as the “state of craft beer.” It’s also home to two large brewers, MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch, and about 400 small independent breweries. The Beer Institute, a trade association for the global beer companies, forecasts the direct economic impact at $5.3 billion and suggests the industry contributes to a broader $13.6 billion in commerce. The Boulder-based Brewers Association estimates craft brewers alone contribute $3.3 billion to the state’s economy.
Amber ales and seasonals
A: Hickenlooper, who helped launch the Wynkoop brewpub, the first in Colorado, once joked his favorite beer was the one named after him, “Hickenlooper lager.” But he says his tastes change by season with amber ales among his favorites in the spring. More specifically, he said he also likes Post Brewing Company’s Howdy, a pilsner, and Finkel and Garf’s Dry-Hopped Amber.
Whatever Hickenlooper makes next
A: He doesn’t drink beer (or alcohol). But he offered this: “I am looking forward to Hickenlooper returning to that line of work (if he loses in the primary) and I'm sure he’ll come up with something I'd like to taste.”