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Beer and Food Pairing at Chef N Brew

About a week ago I was at Wynkoop pouring beer and I struck up conversation with a guy named Mike who had a lot of the same interests as me – geography, plants, the outdoors. I soon realized that he’s the person responsible for the Chef N Brew festival in Denver this week, a festival pushing the territory of beer and food pairing, so I thought that I would point it out to you all and encourage you all to go because this looks like one of the coolest events in a while.

If you can’t go, at least read through this and see what’s happening, my guess is that this will be pretty non-traditional and new:

Twelve of Denver’s top Chefs and twelve of the city’s best Brewers will be challenged to celebrate and create the ultimate beer and food pairings. Guest will then have the opportunity to vote for the Overall Winner.

Beer and Food will be served in a tasting format, 2oz beer pours paired with an appetizer from each chef. Guests will receive a souvenir festival tasting glass with full access to the beer and food once inside.

2012 Participants Include:

Elise Wiggins – Panzano, paired with Prost Brewing
Troy Guard – TAG Burger, paired with Wit’s End Brewing
Sheila Lucero – Jax Denver, paired with Funkwerks
Jensen Cummings – Row14, paired with Caution: Brewing
Chris Cina – Ghost Plate and Tap, paired with Breckenridge Brewing
Brendon Doyle – City O’ City, paired with River North Brewing
Jay Leandro – Pub 17, paired with Crooked Stave
Travis Masar – Uncle, paired with Hogshead Brewery
Victoria Vittori – Crock Spot, paired with Strange Brewing
Sean McGaughey – Aria/Opus, paired with West Flanders Brewing
Taylor Drew – Russell’s Smokehouse, paired with Elevation Beer Company
Cory Treadway – Wynkoop, paired with Wynkoop Brewing

Event Details:

When: Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 6 to 9:30pm
Where: The Oriental Theater 4335 West 44th Ave
Tickets: $39 Advance/$49 Door
To purchase tickets visit:

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