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Where Senate candidates Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper stand on Colorado issues

Cory Gardner vs John Hickenlooper on Colorado issues: Where the U.S. Senate candidates stand



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Background: Colorado likes to think of itself as the “state of craft beer.” It’s also home to two large brewers, MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch, and about 400 small independent breweries. The Beer Institute, a trade association for the global beer companies, forecasts the direct economic impact at $5.3 billion and suggests the industry contributes to a broader $13.6 billion in commerce. The Boulder-based Brewers Association estimates craft brewers alone contribute $3.3 billion to the state’s economy.

 

A hometown favorite

A: Gardner held a light-colored beer in a campaign commercial -- in part to mock his rival. “I just like beer,” Gardner declared while holding a beer in a campaign ad that draws attention to Hickenlooper’s previous comments about not wanting to run for Senate. “Count on Hickenlooper for beer, and me to get things done,” he says in the ad. His favorite beer is the Scottish Ale from Tumbleweed Brewery in his hometown of Yuma.

 

 

 

Amber ales and seasonals

A: Hickenlooper, who helped launch the Wynkoop brewpub, the first in Colorado, once joked his favorite beer was the one named after him, “Hickenlooper lager.” he featured the brewpub in his campaign ads even. But he says his tastes change by season with amber ales among his favorites in the spring. More specifically, he said he also likes Post Brewing Company’s Howdy, a pilsner, and Finkel and Garf’s Dry-Hopped Amber.

 

 

Background: Colorado likes to think of itself as the “state of craft beer.” It’s also home to two large brewers, MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch, and about 400 small independent breweries. The Beer Institute, a trade association for the global beer companies, forecasts the direct economic impact at $5.3 billion and suggests the industry contributes to a broader $13.6 billion in commerce. The Boulder-based Brewers Association estimates craft brewers alone contribute $3.3 billion to the state’s economy.

 

A hometown favorite

A: Gardner held a light-colored beer in a campaign commercial -- in part to mock his rival. “I just like beer,” Gardner declared while holding a beer in a campaign ad that draws attention to Hickenlooper’s previous comments about not wanting to run for Senate. “Count on Hickenlooper for beer, and me to get things done,” he says in the ad. His favorite beer is the Scottish Ale from Tumbleweed Brewery in his hometown of Yuma.

 

 

 

Amber ales and seasonals

A: Hickenlooper, who helped launch the Wynkoop brewpub, the first in Colorado, once joked his favorite beer was the one named after him, “Hickenlooper lager.” he featured the brewpub in his campaign ads even. But he says his tastes change by season with amber ales among his favorites in the spring. More specifically, he said he also likes Post Brewing Company’s Howdy, a pilsner, and Finkel and Garf’s Dry-Hopped Amber.

 

 

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The Candidates


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Cory Gardner

Cory Gardner

U.S. senator   

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

Former Colorado governor and Denver mayor