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December 19, 2014

Roll Call After Dark Quaff of The Week: B3K Black Lager by Wynkoop Brewing Co.

 Roll Call After Dark Quaff of The Week: B3K Black Lager by Wynkoop Brewing Co.

Mmmm. Black beer. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

DENVER — It’s not what the president drinks when he visits Wynkoop Brewing Co., but it’s still a great beer worth a quaff: B3K Black Lager.

The brewery that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper founded back in the 1980s is a fixture of LoDo and frequently cited as the pioneer in revitalizing the neighborhood. And it brews pretty decent beer, too. When Hickenlooper and President Barack Obama dropped by last month to shoot pool and drink beer, the two Democrats drank Rail Yard Ale, the establishment’s best seller, according to the Denver Post’s First Drafts blogger Eric Gorski.

Maybe it’s a contrarian nature, but I went with B3K, a German dark lager that’s unfiltered and black as midnight, because in Colorado, hoppy ales have their run of the place. It was a good choice on a hot (for Denver) day. Smooth, easy to down and refreshing, the dark color belies its light nature. It’s a quaff that shouldn’t be missed.

Maybe next time the president comes to “shoot some stick with Hick” as one of my friends here called the visit, he could go lager.

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