Boulder Beer Takes Gold at Vine St. Pub Brewers’ Olympics

On Saturday, Vine Street Pub & Brewery hosted the Uptown Neighborhood Block Party featuring a Brewers’ Olympics, live bluegrass, grub, and plenty of beer.  Ten teams competed in the first annual Brewers’ Olympics:  Avery, Oskar Blues, Boulder Beer, Breckenridge, Wynkoop, Mountain Sun, Twisted Pine, Odell, Great Divide, and an amateur team – Mountain Brew.  Each of these teams donated 2 kegs of their beer to the event, and all proceeds went to Cancer Support Community Colorado.

Cancer Support Community Colorado’s mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. The non-profit’s mission supports and complements the medical treatment of cancer. Their vision is that no one faces cancer alone. www.cancersupportcolorado.org

DISCLAIMER:  No craft beer was harmed during the making of this block party.  The beer used in the following events was Rolling Rock.  So… yeah, it kind of had it coming.

Here are the five events that helped decide the title:

Relay Tricycle Race

Winner = Odell Brewing Company

The Hand-Cart Obstacle Course

Winner = Boulder Beer Company 

Blind-folded Grain Stacking Relay

Winner (Tie) = Wynkoop Brewing Company & Avery Brewing Company

Beer Transfer Competition (No tools or vessels allowed!)

Winner = Oskar Blues Brewery

The Yeast-Filled Balloon Toss

Winner = Breckenridge Brewery

After completing these 5 events, the scores were tallied to find that there was a tie for first.  The tie-breaker?  Holding two full pitchers of beer with elbows extended and the first person to spill a drop was the silver medalist.

And without further ado, here are the medal winners (handed out by local beer legend Marty Jones):

  1. Boulder Beer Company
  2. Breckenridge Brewery
  3. Great Divide Brewing Company

Didn’t make it out to the events?  Well, there’s always next year… or you could just grab a beer and watch this slideshow.  Who knows, maybe next year they’ll let a couple of us from the Wagon compete.

About Sean Buchan


Sean is a Physical Therapist and Photographer living in (and loving) Denver, Colorado. He enjoys shooting just about anything but his true passion is capturing the craft beer culture here in Denver. If you enjoy his photographs check out Beertographer.

  • http://brianleppla.hoppress.com Brian

    brother, had I known you were there, I would have said hello! I was the dude dressed as a monk.

    • http://www.mackinnonphotography.com/ Sean Buchan

      Brother, I’m EVERYWHERE! Not really, but I did see someone dressed as a monk… I just didn’t know who you were, haha. I’m sure I’ll see you during GABF week or let me know if you wanna meet up another time.

  • Chris Wood

    I don’t know you Sean but thanks for taking the photos. The mountain sun peeps are top-notch and wish my schedule would have allowed me to attend. The yeast filled balloons would have been a site to see, eah?

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