A year after Scott Kerkmans created the role of Chief Beer Officer for the Four Points by Sheraton hotels, it began to get around that Denver was the "Napa Valley of Beer." As NPR later reports, the rumor is a culmination of a life spent steeped in beer culture. Before creating Colorado Beer Week and beating out more than 7,000 applicants for the title of CBO, Kerkmans was on the production side at Alaskan Brewing Company. He’s since authored articles for Draft Magazine, taught at Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, and judged burped renditions of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Great American Beer Festival. He shares his taste in microbrews with more than 140 hotels and restaurants worldwide through the Four Point's beer program, but keeps his feet planted firmly on his home turf during his nine-day spring festival, which highlights the finest pours from Colorado breweries including New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and Ska Brewing Company.
If you’re looking to relax in downtown Denver and don’t feel like simply stepping into another brewpub, look no further than Harry’s Bar & Grill. Located just off the lobby of Magnolia Hotel Denver, the retro-designed restaurant and bar comes complete with mod lighting and funky seating, along with people-watching views of the 17th Street sidewalk. You’ll find hotel guests and locals alike hanging out at Harry’s Bar, ordering off their yummy menu of appetizers and entrées, complimented by wines, martinis and – of course – local brews. Open for lunch and dinner, their Apps & Bites menu features the popular Kobe sliders, buffalo chicken bites, white cheddar mac ‘n’ cheese and flatbread pizzas, while a wide range of larger portions involve burgers and wraps.
Tunes pour from the jukebox at The Dirty Duck Bar, where bartenders help customers forget their thirsts and hearty grub slakes hunger. At the bar, frothy beers and mixed drinks command attention, with a selection that includes feel-good spirits in terms of their production: the bar proudly serves Idaho’s American Harvest organic spirit, for one, which is produced using sustainable agricultural methods and wind power. While barkeeps dispense drinks and help guests learn the proper knot for a cherry stem, the kitchen churns out classic pub fare from bacon cheeseburgers to pizza.
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