John Hickenlooper signs bill at Infinite Monkey Theorem, wine now on tap at Gov's Mansion
In March, Governor John Hickenlooper introduced a craft-beer draft system at the Governor's Mansion. Now he can show off another one of Colorado liquid assets there: wine. On Friday, Hickenlooper was at the Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery in RiNo to sign a bill that now allows Colorado wineries to bottle, can or keg wines from other wineries. As thanks, the Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology and the Infinite Monkey Theorem presented Hickenlooper with a wine tap and keg of IMT wine to take back to the Governor's Mansion.
Governor John Hickenlooper with bill sponsors Cheri Jahn (left) and Angela Williams.
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Infinite Monkey's Ben Parsons, who launched his line of canned and kegged wines three years ago and now produces 20,000 gallons a year, decided to push for the law after being approached by distributors and out-of-state wine manufacturers who wanted to ship their bulk wine to his winery to be re-packaged into kegs and then sent to customers across the state, including local restaurants.
"The new law allows to provide a whole new service and something which could become a separate business for us," Parsons said at the signing. "I've been kegging my own wine since 2011, and I can see this change opening the doors for a huge amount of growth for wineries across our state. Its just another service offering and a means to grow Colorado's wine industry."
Ben Parsons and John Hickenlooper.
"We are thrilled with the efforts of our board member, Ben Parsons, to push for this new law," said Cassidee Shull, CAVE executive director, at the signing, where legislators who sponsored the bill were also present. "The freedom this allows for our wineries to package and ship wine in kegs will really change the way we do business. We are also pretty excited that there will now be Colorado wine on tap at the Governor's Mansion."
The wine kegerator and tap system for the Governor's Mansion were created by Micromatic, a long-standing partner of IMT.
On June 1, Infinite Monkey Theorem will host a Farm-to-Turntable Keg Wine Party to kick off Colorado Wine Week, a benefit for CAVE and Heroes Like Us. It will feature five Colorado wineries on tap, food from nearby restaurants including Work + Class and Comida, and a DJ-inspired dance party.