Denver, CO — On October 1, the night before the start of the 34th annual Great American Beer Festival, longtime beer journalist, promoter and musician Marty Jones will debut his latest creation, The Brew Night Show.
What Jones calls “America’s first beer-focused talk and variety show,” the event takes place at 8 PM at the luxurious Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, in the famed May D&F Clocktower at 16th and Arapahoe streets on Denver’s 16th Street pedestrian mall.
“This will be the most entertaining beer-focused talk and variety show ever,” Jones says.
Why has Jones created The Brew Night Show? “Last year,” he says, “I made a pledge to myself to have more fun and take on some additional creative challenges of question-able artistic value. The Brew Night Show is the perfect way for me to do that.”
“The show,” Jones adds, “allows me to indulge my frivolous passions — singing, songwriting, juvenile humor, spoof videos and beer — in one incredibly foolish and time-consuming project. All while embarrassing myself in front of my peers and fellow beer nuts.”
“Most importantly,” Jones adds, “craft beer is suffering from a lack of silly jokes about brettanomyces, brewery squabbles and yeast flocculation. I’m going to change that.”
The debut of the Brew Night Show is daringly sponsored by Green Flash Brewing, Draft Magazine and Argonaut Wine & Liquor.
In addition to beery humor and music from Jones (aka “The Bard of Beer Songs”), the night features interviews with beer-industry leaders (including beer icon Charlie Papazian), “brewlesque” performers, a one-night-only list of exceptional beers (including gems from Green Flash, Odell, Crazy Mountain, Wasatch, Squatters and Dude’s Brews), tasters of special beers, and surprise guests. Jones’ backing band, The Brewbadours, will serve as the house band for the evening.
Tickets are $20 and are available at www.lannies.com or this direct link: http://lannies.com/?p=27881. The ticket price includes a free year’s subscription to Draft Magazine and other beery perks. Doors open at 7 PM, the show begins at 8 PM.
A post-show party begins at approximately 9:30 PM and includes more beer-minded music from Jones, and songs from beer-industry parody group the Rolling Boil Blues Band, led by Celebrator Beer News publisher Tom Dalldorf. After party admission is just $5 at the door.
The Brew Night Show’s featured guest is the great Charlie Papazian. The founder of the Great American Beer Festival and the American Homebrewers Association, he’s a leader of the globe’s homebrewing and craft beer movements. He is also the author of cornerstone brewing books and countless beer and homebrewing articles and essays. He has traveled the world for over thirty years extolling the joys of great beer.
“Charlie Papazian is a hero and saint to all of us who love fine beer,” Jones says. “No one has done more for the great beer movement now changing the world than Charlie. He is the Moses, Alan Lomax and Johnny Appleseed of homebrewing and craft beer.”
Papazian will discuss the GABF, the beer culture he helped create, and the newly revised and updated editions of his Complete Joy of Homebrewing and Homebrewer’s Companion, which get released on Sept. 30. At the end of the show Papazian will sign copies of these new books, which will be on sale at the event.
The night also includes the pre-GABF tapping of Treasure Chest 2014, Green Flash’s annual breast-cancer-awareness beer. Attendees will receive a complimentary Treasure Chest glass, and Green Flash head brewer Chuck Silva will discuss this year’s Treasure Chest (a barrel-aged, plum-enhanced saison) and other Green Flash beers.
Green Flash co-founder Lisa Hinkley is a breast cancer survivor. A portion of the night’s ticket and Treasure Chest sales will be donated to the local office of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Two local beer-appreciation groups for women, Barley’s Angels and Girls Pint Out, are helping with promotion for the show.
Guest Stephen Beaumont is one of the beer world’s top journalists, travel writers and outspoken ambassadors. He is a co-author — with famed UK beer scribe Tim Webb — of the newly re-issued Pocket Beer Book and the World Atlas of Beer. Beaumont will discuss his career in the world’s greatest job, America’s impact on the globe’s beer culture, and why the United States is no longer the planet’s greatest brewing nation.
“The amazing guests, performers and beers we have lined up,” Jones adds, “should be perfect cover for the fact that I should’ve never attempted this project.”