This year the ACBF celebrates its 10th anniversary. To date we have given away over $315,000 to our beneficiaries.
Each year, in addition to raising a lot of money for our beneficiaries and pouring a lot of beer for our 3,200 guests, the ACBF presents its Champion Award to an individual or organization that has provided special support to the ACBf and/or the Colorado brewing industry. In the past, we have presented the award to Mike Bristol of Bristol Brewing, Kieth Villa of Blue Moon, and New Belgium Brewing. This year we take great pleasure in presenting the award to a true Colorado brewing pioneer: Governor John Hickenlooper.
Governor Hickenlooper was part of the group that opened Wynkoop Brewery in lower downtown Denver and converted that sketchy neighborhood into the destination it is today. Wynkoop was the second craft brewery in the state after Boulder Beer and truly transformed a neighborhood. Just another example of the amazing impact of beer!
The ACBF team presented the award to Governor Hickenlooper in his office on Thursday.