The House brew team at the Legislature begrudgingly handed over the highly sought-after crown of cold ones — the beer caucus trophy — to the Senate brew team Tuesday morning in celebration of the upper chamber’s victory at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival’s “Hop the Vote” competition.
The Senate team — Sens. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, Matt Jones, D-Louisville, Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, Tim Neville, R-Littleton and Pat Steadman, D-Denver — won at the October festival with an offering the team dubbed “Senate Shoutout Stout,” a mocha brew made with locally roasted coffee.
The House team — Reps. Jeni James Arndt, D-Fort Collins, Polly Lawrence, R-Littleton, Paul Lundeen, R-Monument, Dan Pabon, D-Denver, Kim Ransom, R-Littleton and Yeullin Willet, R-Grand Junction — entered a grapefruit pale ale, dubbed the “The Ayes Have It Aye-PA.”
Golden’s Cannonball Creek Brewing guided the Senate during the summer to brew the winning beer. House members worked with Big Choice Brewing out of Broomfield.
“Can we expect a ‘Partisan Pale Ale’?” Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, jokingly asked the chamber upon receiving the trophy.
Then came lots of celebratory photo taking.
Upbeat Senate staffers said later that the winning beer was “pretty good.”
The Hop the Vote competition was launched in 2014 to feature brew culture in Colorado and underline the increasing role it plays in the state economy. The House team won the inaugural event with a beer called “Representative Saison.”
The winner is decided each year by hops-filled attendees at the state’s popular beer fest held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.