Colorado's Governor Had Beer Taps Installed in His Mansion

Colorado governor John Hickenlooper had beer taps filled with local brews installed in his gubernatorial mansion

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This picturesque governor's mansion is now home to some of Colorado's best beer.

The Democratic Party won’t be the only party going on in Colorado governor John Hickenlooper’s house. According to The Associated Press, Hickenlooper has announced that he had a draft brewing system installed in his gubernatorial mansion in Denver. The three taps will flow local Colorado-brewed beer, and the governor will be unveiling his new in-home taps, the first of its kind in a governor’s mansion, to brewers from all over the state as a part of the state’s centennial celebration and “Colorado Craft Beer Week.”

“It just seemed appropriate,” Hickenlooper told Fox. “The mansion is another symbol of Colorado. It’s where we entertain. It’s where we kind of show off Colorado, and beer has become a big part of what Colorado is.”

Before he was governor, Hickenlooper was a brewer himself, and had started the Wynkoop Brewery in Denver in the 1980s. Today, Wynkoop is still around as one of the oldest brewpubs in the state. Don’t worry, Colorado residents. Your taxes aren’t paying for the governor’s stash of ale: Colorado Craft Brewer’s Guild paid for the installation.

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi.