Hop the Vote Results

Hop the Vote results: In the end, 894 votes were cast with the majority going to the House of Representatives and Denver Beer Co. – I’m pleased to see that the saison won in the end! I voted for it at Great American Beer Festival because it was so delish. Congratulations House of Representatives!

For those of you who don’t know, Hop the Vote is a spirited but friendly brewing competition held between the Colorado State House of Representatives and the Colorado State Senate.

“We are thrilled that Representative Saison won,” said Patrick Crawford, co-founder of Denver Beer Co. ”We like the Senate, however clearly the House knows a bit more about brewing a beer for the people.”

Hop the Vote

Hop the Vote

Colorado – The State of Craft Beer

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Yesterday (Sept 16th) I went over to Renegade Brewing Company to check out the unveiling of the ‘Colorado – The State of Craft Beer’ brand created by the Colorado Brewers Guild. With Colorado being home to 9 regional breweries, the oldest microbrewery in the country (Boulder Beer), and over 200 other breweries, it’s no wonder that we are claiming this name for ourselves. The brand will be rolled out in separate phases with merchandise, signage, and a comprehensive brewer-friendly website coming out at later dates. Colorado currently holds 7% of the nation’s craft beer sales and CBG is hoping to increase that to 20% by 2020, with the help of this new brand. One way in which they will do that is by working with the Colorado Tourism Office, which already boasts the state’s craft beer abundance to potential visitors. Of course the CBG will use the power of the internet to get the word out there as well but I expect you will start seeing the ‘Colorado – The State of Craft Beer’ brand everywhere as it is made available to put on beer packaging, clothes, festival tents, etc. Want to check it out for yourself? Head over to the Colorado Brewers Guild tent at Great American Beer Festival where you can also get a fresh beer brewed and poured by state representatives!

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Steve Kurowski, director of marketing at the Colorado Brewers Guild

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