Back on track with the project. Terry, my new videographer is ready! Here is my first blog with Terry, here in Denver at Wynkoop’s Brewing Company.
Terry and I were up and at ’em this morning. We were ready to visit Wynkoop Brewing Company in downtown Denver. It is the first brewpub in Colorado, dating back to 1988. One of the co-founders, John Hickenlooper, became Mayor and is now Governor of Colorado. So you see, being around the Craft beer industry makes you successful even *outside* of the industry.
We arrived at the Wynkoop at 11am, where we were greeted by Marty Jones, the Public Relations Manager at Wynkoop. Marty has great energy and a fun sense of humor. He showed Terry and I around the bar, restaurant, and the upstairs pool hall…very impressive and spacious. Then we met up with Andy, the Brewmaster and a dude who is in a local band, slappin’ the bass. Andy took us on a tour of the brewery then we went downstairs to the basement where the beer was fermenting, and where in another room (the cooler) beers were in barrels, and linked to their four bars for all the patrons to quaff. You’ll never hear, “Hey, we need a new keg!” Then Andy said, “Let me show you a few of our top beers.” Right on, brother! We went to the bar where Andy lined up three beers: 1) The Belgorado – a wet hopped Belgian-style IPA made with barley grown in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, made with fresh hops. It didn’t have the citrus taste of the IPA’s in California, as it was more low-key but with great taste. 2) The Rail Yard Ale–a smooth, amber beer that combines the malty goodness of an Octoberfest lager with the slight fruitiness of an ale. It was so easy to drink. In fact, Andy said this beer was a great starter for a novice of Craft beers. 3) Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is made with Colorado base malts, roasted barley, seven specialty malts, Styrian Goldings hops, and 25 pounds of freshly-sliced and roasted bull testicles. I know… you have to be a *nut* to drink this, but we had a *ball*, and that’s no *bull*.
Our visit was over, but it was a great shoot. Marty, Andy, Terry, and I walked outside and agreed that we would stay in touch and partner up when the documentary movie–which would include Wynkoop–was produced. On an impulse, I thought it would be a good idea to kidnap their brewer, Andy (cool guy, he brews beer, AND he plays bass guitar—and since I’m a drummer, we could begin jamming right away!). I tried to kidnap Andy, and he seemed down with it, until Marty caught on to what I was doing and I had to return Andy. Damnit! Here’s how it went down (click here).
After we returned back to Josh’s apartment (just a 15 minute walk), we did some editing of the footage, and I contacted a couple brewpubs in Missouri… to confirm our appointments. Later in the afternoon Terry and I took Marty up on his offer to have food and beer at Wynkoop. We had the Flat Iron Steak, with asparagus and sweet potatoes (ya gotta try it kids!). We washed it down with the Rail Yard Ale, the Amber lager….magnificent! Kids, when you’re in Denver… hit Wynkoop Brewing Co!