Colo. governor installs beer taps at mansion – USA TODAY

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is a big fan of his state’s craft beer industry — so much so that he has installed beer taps at the governor’s mansion.

“Beer has become a big part of what Colorado is,” Hickenlooper said in an interview with KDVR-TV in Denver.

The state, which is the first in the nation to feature beer taps at a gubernatorial residence, has more than 230 federally licensed breweries, KDVR reports. Fifty-three craft beer operations opened last year alone.

Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is also one of the state’s earliest craft brewers. He founded the Wynkoop Brewing Company in 1988.

The governor’s mansion beer taps will feature a rotation of three Colorado-brewed craft beers for parties and events. One of the first beers to go on tap will be a pale ale from the Wynkoop brewery, KDVR reports.

The governor invited brewers to the mansion on Friday to see the taps. The state’s Craft Beer Week runs until March 29, according to CBS4.

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