Photos: Chef & Brew 2012 crowns food and beer winners

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All photos by Lori Midson.

If you needed (more) proof that Denverites are madly, wildly obsessed with craft beers, all you had to do was eyeball the packed Oriental Theater last Thursday night, the stage for the city's first annual Chef & Brew event, which was sold out to the tune of 500 revelers downing sours and ales, porters and IPAS from twelve local breweries, which were paired with twelve local chefs, the teams of which competed for several titles, including most creative beer and most creative dish.

See also:
- Slide show: Chef & Brew 2012
- Uncle and Hogshead Brewery among the duos cooking up pairings for Chef & Brew

Both judges and attendees voted for their favorite suds and foodstuffs, and the winners received everything from cash prizes to snazzy beer mugs. Chef Jay Leandro, exec chef of Pub 17, in the Grand Hyatt, won the people's choice for best in show, thanks to his Korean tacos; Jensen Cummings, exec chef of Row 14, made "Power Ranger" meatballs and waltzed away with the judge's honor in the same category; and the judge's choice for the most creative dish went to Sheila Lucero, exec chef of Jax Denver, who did a monkfish liver torchon. The judge's choice for the most creative beer was awarded to Caution: Brewing Co, which poured the "Green Tease," a beer infused with tea and fermented with sake yeast. The judges bestowed the best beer in show honor to Crooked Stave's sour, while attendees gave the same award to Funkwerks Deceit.

Here's an abbreviated photo recap of the festivities. Make sure to check out our full slide show for more photos.

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For more photos, visit our slide show.

Location Info


Oriental Theater

4335 W. 44th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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Mantonat topcommenter

It's unfortunate that the venue was such a poor fit for the event. In 3 hours, I only got to try 8 of the 12 beer/food combos. Just about everything I tried was great though, so I'd definitely go back if they do it again next year, but only if it's at a bigger venue or outdoor location.




Here are a few other things we will be doing to improve the festival for next year:


-Next years event will be in a much, much bigger venue


-Program with dishes and beers described – blurb about each brewery, restaurant and chef


-A VIP package that includes getting you into the event an hour early


-Seek more vegetarian chefs/dishes


We will continue to make this an even better event every year.


We'll be offering a discount to next years festival for this years attendees.  The discount code will be emailed to all email address that purchased tickets once they go on sale.


Again, thank you sincerely for your feedback and attendance.




Mike Burns

Founder, Chef N Brew Festival and BeerCraving


Mantonat topcommenter

 @beercraving Thank for the response. Looking forward to enjoying great beer and food in a less crowded environment.

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