Colorado Brewers Guild Promotes ‘Hop the Vote’ in Advance of GABF


DENVER – Today the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) launched an extensive get-out-the-vote campaign throughout the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) community for the Hop the Vote competition. Hop the Vote is a spirited but friendly brewing competition held between the Colorado State House of Representatives and Colorado State Senators.

“The Colorado legislature has been instrumental in helping protect the rights of craft brewers,” said Steve Kurowski of the CBG. “With the launch of Keep Colorado Local and Colorado The State of Craft Beer campaigns, we wanted to show our local government officials what it was like to be a brewer firsthand.”

Earlier this summer the two teams hosted brew days with local craft breweries.

On July 18 the Colorado House of Representatives brewed with Big Choice Brewing. Team members included Representatives Dan Pabon, Polly Lawrence, Jeni James Arndt, Joann Ginal, Paul Lundeen, Kim Ransom and Yeullin Willet. This team brewed

The Ayes Have It Aye-PA. A very citrusy hop forward IPA that finishes clean.

The Colorado State Senate team brewed at Cannonball Creek on July 21. This team is made up of Senators Chris Holbert, Andy Kerr, Matt Jones, Tim Neville and Pat Steadman. This team brewed the Senate Shout Out Stout. A mocha stout brewed with copious amounts of dark chocolate and fresh, locally roasted coffee.

During the first three sessions of the GABF, attendees will be able to cast their vote for the better beer. The winner will be announced at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 26th. The beers will be available for sampling during the final Saturday evening session as well.

How to cast a vote?

  1. Have a ticket to the Great American Beer Festival
  2. Attend one of the first three sessions of GABF on September 24 – 26, 2015
  3. Stop by the Colorado Brewers Guild booth and try both beers.
  4. Cast your vote!

“This program has helped to develop meaningful relationships between Colorado’s government officials and small business owners. Each understands the important role of the other is the economic growth of our state. Stop by our both and have a conversation with all parties involved. Let’s continue to make Colorado a great state,” said Kurowski.

About the Colorado Brewers Guild:

The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) is a non-profit trade association promoting the Colorado craft brewing industry. With the majority of the 305 licensed Colorado breweries as members, CBG provides information for Colorado beer lovers, and promotes Colorado craft breweries by advocating for Colorado craft beer with policymakers. For more information, visit