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Opening Night Reception

Wynkoop Brewing Company, Breckenridge on Blake & Ale House at Amato’s

Join your colleagues for the Opening Night Reception at the Wynkoop Brewing Company. Enjoy food, drinks, and fellowship with your planning colleagues in this beautiful Denver location. The Wynkoop website boasts the following information about their restaurant.

About the Wynkoop
In 1988 LoDo had no ballpark, no valet parking, no farm-to-table restaurants. Just four guys who wanted to make really good beer.

Those four guys were John Hickenlooper, Jerry Williams, Mark Schiffler and Russell Schehrer. They opened the first craft Brewery in Denver on Skid Row in the century-old J. S. Brown Mercantile Building.

They built a bar by the building’s old vault, and another bar in the back of the building’s expansive showroom. They installed a small brewhouse on the main floor. They placed 22 pool tables on the second floor and called it Wynkoop Billiards.

Beer drinkers across the state braved the sketchy ghost town that was LoDo in the late 80’s for billiards and pints of Russell’s unexpected beer styles. He was one of the first professional brewers in the country to try his hand at mead-making, doppel alt, and cream stout. He was honored by the Brewers Association when he passed with the Russell Schehrer. Award for Innovation in Brewing, awarded each year at the Craft Brewers Conference to a brewer who knocks down doors.

Almost thirty years later, Wynkoop is a Denver institution, still known for innovative, ballsy brewers who put just about anything in their beer, including Rocky Mountain oysters, gummy bears and green chiles. It’s known as the brewery that brewed a neighborhood because—without exaggeration—the Wynkoop helped catalyze the revitalization of LoDo.

To-date, our neighborhood is the heartbeat of the city, surrounded by iconic landmarks like Coors Field, Larimer Square, and the recently renovated Union Station across Wynkoop Street. We like to think it all began with beer.


Mobile Tours

Get out of the hotel and see some of what Denver has to offer! There are opportunities to learn about history, culture, neighborhood revitalization case studies, public housing redevelopment, and Denver's perspective on marijuana, beer, and urban planning. Mobile Tour Details


Keynote Luncheon & Faculty Awards Ceremony

Keynote Speaker Bryonn Bain
Prison Activist, Spoken Word Poet, Hip Hop Artist, Actor, Author, & Educator

In addition to honoring the faculty award winners for 2017, the Saturday networking luncheon and keynote speaker will not only encourage you to think outside-of-the-box, we believe it will inspire you to figure out ways to step-up on the box, paint the box, flatten the box, recycle the box, deliver the box, rewire the box, kick the box forward and stack multiple boxes. Join your colleagues for this event!


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