(Denver, CO) – Proclaiming Denver to be one of the world’s great beer cities, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock tapped a keg of pumpkin ale that he helped brew at the Denver Beer Company, and with a toast, kicked off Denver Beer Fest 2012 – a 9-day celebration of all things beer, presented by VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Mayor helped brew the beer on September 19, by grinding barley on a pedal-powered mill, shoveling out spent grain, tossing in pumpkins (grown at Denver Urban Gardens) and adding the all-important hops. Denver Beer Co. co-owners Charlie Berger and Patrick Crawford then worked their magic and two weeks later, the beer was ready to be served.
A contest was held on Facebook to name the beer, and the winning entry was: Mayor Mike’s 5280 Brew. The beer was made in conjunction with VISIT DENVER and the Colorado Brewers Guild, and will be on sale at Denver Beer Company until it runs out.