Three Colorado craft beers were tapped Friday at the Colorado Governor’s manch to celebrate the growing economic impact of the craft beer industry in the state.
Brewers from the Colorado Craft Brewers Guild stopped by the Governor’s mansion to celebrate the industry and kick off Craft Beer Week. The mansion has a newly installed draft beer system — three beer taps paid for and donated by the guild and the Governor’s Mansion Preservation Fund to be used during special events and to highlight Colorado breweries and their craft beers.
The Colorado craft brew industry has an estimated $826 million economic impact on the state. The guild anticipates the number of brewers to increase by 20 percent in 2014, providing more jobs to the already estimated 5,000 currently employed in the business.
“The Governor’s Mansion is symbol of our state — it’s where we entertain, and it’s where we can show off Colorado,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a prepared statement. “That makes the mansion a perfect place to showcase craft beer from all across the state.”
The beer initially served on tap will be from Steamworks Brewing Co. in Durango, Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons and Wynkoop Brewing Co. in Denver. Selections will change by season and availability and will be coordinated with the help of the CBG.
The event at the mansion was not open to the public but there are plenty of events to check out during Craft Beer Week.