John Hickenlooper, erstwhile presidential candidate, is also a former craft brewer and former Governor of Colorado. He has an online only ad that highlights his career as a brewer. In 1988, he co-founded Wynkoop Brewery.
The ad is full of brewing references; comparing the country’s polarization to debates in the brewing community over “hazy IPA and pastry stout.” You can read more about the ad here.
In 1988, Hickenlooper and three other men including brew-master Russell Schehrer started a brewpub with pool tables in Denver. The brewery did produce beer for retail but stopped that in 2016. Hickenlooper divested his holding when he ran for governor in 2010.
Wynkoop and Breckenridge Brewery merged in 2011, forming Breckenridge-Wynkoop. The company sold Breckenridge Brewery to In Bev Anheuser-Busch in 2015. Colorado has over 400 breweries and is fourth in in the country for number of breweries.
Although Hickenlooper has been successful as a brewer, businessman and Governor, his presidential campaign has not gained much traction. The New York Times has an article, “The Extraordinary Humbling of John Hickenlooper ,” which details his lackluster performance. I would be very surprised if he was on the debate stage in September.
As you may have noticed, I failed to post a blog last week. We had been traveling and my life has been really hectic; dealing with various personal issues. I am posting today because I will be out of town on Wednesday. I will also be unable to post the following two Wednesdays. I hope to and have every expectation of resuming my regularly scheduled postings on Aug. 21. Thanks for your patience and understanding.