Brewed in 1859 near what is now the heart of downtown, Denver's first beer quenched the thirst of fortune hunters following the gold rush.
It lubricated the city's transformation from Wild West town to the Queen City of the Plains until Prohibition brought a sudden end to the brewing culture. By 1979, only the famed Coors brewery remained. But then something frothy happened.
Brian Dunn, John Hickenlooper and many others began satiating locals with liquid gold. The craft beer movement blossomed. Now well over seventy breweries strong, it is filled with the same pioneering spirit and irrepressible optimism that the miners embodied. Journalist and author Jonathan Shikes captures the Mile High City's sudsy stories from then until now.
Jonathan Shikes is a Northwestern University-trained journalist with twenty-five years of experience as a writer, editor and manager at daily and weekly newspapers and websites.
He has covered the craft beer industry in Colorado for more than a decade and is a frequent denizen of several local tap houses. He lives in Denver with his wife and two children.