Denver Craft Ninjas Fall Off the Wagon


Do you like beer? Of course, you do! Who doesn’t? We live in Colorado for heaven’s sake!

Recently, a couple of us Wagon folk partnered up with Ben Gardner from Beer at Home and Becky Hensley of Denver Craft Ninjas to offer the lovely people of Denver a chance to learn how to make their own beer in a relaxed, group setting.

Colorado peeps know their beer and Ben Gardner, of Beer at Home, is one of those guys that has a passion for brewing and a willingness to teach others about it.  Here are the event details:

It’s been a long time coming, but after teaming up with Ben, PJ Hoberman of Denver Off the Wagon, and Bess Dougherty from Total Beverage…we’re ready to offer NINJA BREWING!

With the help of these enthusiastic craft beer lovers, we’re able to offer a comprehensive lesson in beer brewing from start to finish. AND the last part of the project will be sampling the fruits of our labor and having a little potluck to celebrate.

This project is 21+. Seriously. No ifs, ands, or buts.

The cap on this project is 50 people. We did our best to make sure that we could have a lot of people doing this project together!

The cost for this project is $25.00, as well as bringing 10-12 of your own bottles.  This price includes all brewing materials and instruction.  Bottles are expensive and in an effort to keep costs down, we’ll need you to bring your own. Long neck brown bottles are BEST. Make sure to soak off the labels too. Don’t bring any stubby Red Stripe bottles because they’re a pain!


Please feel free to RSVP on this Facebook invite, but your RSVP will ONLY be counted when your payment goes into our PayPal account.  Unfortunately, if you pre-pay and cancel, we are unable to process refunds. This is do or die, Ninjas!

The details for the project are as follows:

We’ll split up into 10 groups of 5. Each group will select a variety of beer that they’d like to brew – it’s a democracy – VOTE!  Then your group, along with a knowledgeable and super bad ass beer volunteer, will help you get started on brewing.  We’ll let the beer ferment and on August 14th…we’ll have a little bottling party.  We’ll need volunteers – about 30 people.  And finally, we’ll meet on August 28th at a yet to be determined location and have a beer tasting/swap potluck!

This project spans both July and August and we’re so excited to be offering this opportunity.

If you have questions, please contact us via email at

Let’s do some brewing, yo!

The brew day will be Sunday, July 31st, at Beer at Home in Englewood.

Click here to RSVP for Denver Craft Ninja Beer Brewing Project!

About Bess Dougherty

Bess Dougherty's life revolves around hooch. By day she has the pleasure of making beer. At night this dame can often be found sipping whiskey and beer around town. This bearcat is also an avid homebrewer. Yar.

  • Kyle

    Looks fun, but you’ve left out the where and when.

    • PJ

      Thanks Kyle. Updated.

  • Stevie Caldarola

    Ungh- wish I could take part but we won’t be out there until a week later 🙁 Have fun!

  • Jakemo

    This does bring up a related question for me; is anybody aware of any homebrew co-ops in our (Denver) area? I’d love to get familiar with all-grain but it will be a long while before i have the space and/or equipment…

  • Stephanova

    Great great great idea. I’ve often called Ben Gardner the Yoda of brewing, but ninja? That works too.

    Ben has never steered me wrong in the years he’s served as me and my husband’s personal brewing consultant. This year we stepped into all-grain brewing under his expert tutelage and now I have two all-grain batches providing summer-time refreshment in the refrigerator as I type. When I told him, “Ben, I want to make a lemon-grass ginger wheat beer,” did he pause? Did he stumble? No. He quickly steered my hand away from being heavy handed with the ginger, helped me get a good ratio of wheat and barley, and assisted me as I chose my hops. And what I ended up with is a simply delightful draft for the summer. All this is to say, ninja brewing: if any of you haven’t met Ben yet, this is your chance to meet the Master.