09/22/2012 03:32 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

ColoBeerMan Jonathan Shikes on Colorado Hops, Beer Politics, and Huddles the Mayor

This week, Westword managing editor Jonathan Shikes, better known as the Colorado Beer Man, joins us to talk about all things cold and frothy.


Over a round of 9 a.m. beers, we check in on everybody's favorite political nuisance Seth Brigham, recently busted for indecent exposure; wonder why Denver Mayor Michael Hancock hasn't used his history as Huddles the Broncos mascot for political gain; celebrate a local victory for lactating boobs everywhere; and discuss the incredible financial benefits of huffing microwave popcorn.

Then we take in everything the local beer scene has to offer like we're shotgunning a Dale's Pale Ale. The Beer Man fills us in on his in-depth reporting on the blossoming industry of Colorado hops -- and weighs in on whether the field-fresh flavors of local-hops beers are worth the trouble. Next we wade into a sudsy mix of beer and politics, offering up beer-name suggestions for  Mayor Hancock's first attempt to fill the craft-brew shoes left by his predecessor, Brewmaster Hick. Finally, we steep our brewskis in farm-fresh pot, ruminating on why Hickenlooper recently came out against the marijuana-legalization measure Amendment 64.

It's a long, sloppy ride, but don't you worry: All of us end up podcasting responsibly.