DURANGO, Colo. – Steamworks Brewing Co. has taken the lead for the Colorado Brewers Guild to help organize and sponsor “Pints & Bites,” Monday, Mar. 14, 2011. The event is designed to celebrate Colorado’s breweries and fine chefs from across the state, plus raise funds for the preservation of the Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion.
To be held at the Mansion, 400 East 8th Ave., Denver, the evening will feature gourmet tastes from 10 Colorado chefs paired with beers from 10 of Colorado’s craft breweries, plus include a Celtic music performance by nationally-recognized pianist Jacqueline Schwab. Doors to the tasting open at 5:30 p.m. with Schwab set to perform at 7:30 p.m.
“In addition to helping raise funds to preserve the 100-year-old Governor’s Mansion, known as ‘Colorado’s Home,’ Pints & Bites furthers an understanding of pairing fine food and craft beer,” said Kris Oyler, Steamworks co-founder who worked with staff at the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund in event organization. “We, at Steamworks, have been involved with the event since its inception and really enjoy showcasing the incredible culinary talents and amazing craft beers of Colorado.”
The first “Pints & Bites,” held in 2009 and hosted by then Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter, was an out-growth of the successful collaboration of Steamworks and the Culinary School of the Rockies for a James Beard Foundation showcase dinner in New York. It was the first time Colorado craft beer with Colorado-grown foods had been featured at Beard House.
At Pints & Bites 2011, Colorado breweries slated to pour the “pints” are Steamworks Brewing Co., Oskar Blues, Bristol Brewing Co., Great Divide, New Belgium, Breckenridge, Left Hand Brewing, Odell’s, Ska Brewing Co. and Wynkoop Brewing.
Chefs preparing the “bites” represent Denver restaurants Colt & Gray, LaLa’s Wine Bar & Pizzeria, Marlowe’s, Euclid Hall, Jax Fish House – Denver and Lola Coastal Mexican, plus Blue Star (Colorado Springs), Baca at The Inverness (Englewood), Oskar Blues (Longmont), and Steamworks Brewing Co. (Durango).
Pianist Jacqueline Schwab, whose work has been described as insistent, physical, heartfelt and unusually moving, draws on her classical, traditional folk and contemporary music roots. Her music has been heard on more than a dozen of Ken Burns’ documentaries, including the Grammy-award winning “Civil War,” Emmy-award winning “Baseball,” “The West,” “Frank Lloyd Wright and more, as well as Burns’ recently-premiered “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” Additionally, Schwab has performed on numerous PBS documentaries, including “The Irish in America.” Her performance at Pints & Bites is underwritten by the Colorado Brewers Guild and Steamworks.
Tickets for Pints & Bites are $30 and can be purchased on-line at www.coloradoshome.org/programs-events/. Attire is “business-casual.” Further event information is available from Cindy Starks, Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund, at email@example.com.
The award-winning Steamworks Brewing Co., open 11 a.m. to closing seven days a week, is located at 801 E. Second. Ave., Durango (970.259.9200). For further information, visit www.steamworksbrewing.com.