Denver County Fair's planned Beer Pavilion goes up in smoke; Pot Pavilion doubles in size

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Brandon Marshall
There will still be beer at the fair.
There's been a lot of talk in Colorado over the past six months about whether legal pot sales will impact beer sales, but so far -- at least based on the continuing success of the state's ever-expanding craft-brewing industry -- that doesn't seem to be happening.

But pot will definitely displace beer at one big event this summer: The Denver County Fair has canceled its planned Beer Pavilion in favor of a super-sized Pot Pavilion -- one that has made national headlines, says fair co-founder Dana Cain.

See also: Welcome to Colorful Colorado: Pot is coming to the Denver County Fair in 2014

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"Originally, the Beer Pavilion and the Pot Pavilion were going to be side by side on the over-21 floor," notes Cain.

But the reasons for the change had more to do with the venue than the vice: The liquor license at the National Western Complex is owned by K-M Concessions, which gets to make all the decisions about what beer is sold there. That complication busted plans for a Beer Pavilion, although Cain promises that she is working with K-M so that there will still be plenty of craft beer on hand -- some for sale and some for sampling.

And the situation worked out to the fair's benefit, since the Pot Pavilion has become the headliner at the event, which kicks off August 1.

"They say that everything happens for a reason, which is kind of a dumb saying. But I do like to evoke it when it seems to fit," Cain says.

After all, there will still be a home-brew competition, as there has been at the past two fairs, she notes, and despite the Beer Pavilion drying up, the craft-beer aspect of the fair will be larger than before, she insists.

"The beer is ramping up. Not as much as we thought and wanted, but there will be more beer and more varieties for sampling and for purchase."


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National Western Complex

4655 Humboldt St., Denver, CO

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27 comments
Dawn Lopez
Dawn Lopez

I'm hoping it will be a new trend. How different life would have been without prohibition.

Lydia Cabrera
Lydia Cabrera

Haven't been to the county fair in the 20 years i have lived here...goin this year !

Moonie Kim
Moonie Kim

I'm pretty sure I'm over 5ng when I wake up first thing in the morning. I'm pretty sure most of Denver is. It's a pretty arbitrary law.

liamyesko
liamyesko

The things I would consume at that fair... If only Maryland wasn't 2500 miles away...

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson

Neither wins they go together like tea and crumpets on a Friday afternoon!! Blam CO love!!

Byron Day
Byron Day

*Bring on the hate, hippies.

Byron Day
Byron Day

The grammar here is atrocious. I'm originally from Alabama, and happen to be drinking right now... what gives?!

Julia Suiter Smith
Julia Suiter Smith

Hahaha! That is me! Hilarious that the pic ended in what is essentially a giant pot ad...and I don't even smoke it!

White Lie
White Lie

Pot wins over beer on a nightly basis at my house.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

There's no pot there, read the original article and you'll see the detail of what it is and is not.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

There's going to be no pot there, so they're just pulling out for the principle?

DeAnna Peters
DeAnna Peters

I don't want to be smelling pot when I go to a fair. What happen to the privacy in your own home?

Moonie Kim
Moonie Kim

Your complaint is that you're tired of someone talking about something you're not interested in?.... Yeah, I guess life is tough everywhere.

Bryan Smith
Bryan Smith

About as much as I am sick of pot heads talking about pot. But yes, drunks kinda suck!

Jay Cismaru
Jay Cismaru

There is nothing worse than a drunken retard spilling their beer on you I'm glad there's no beer

Johnny Martinez
Johnny Martinez

I would rather be stone then be drunk in public. There's no detox for stoners. If you take me to detox for being stone. You better have food!!!

Puff, Pass & Paint
Puff, Pass & Paint

Yessssss... Puff, Pass & Paint will be there! Come join us for a sesh. :)

kjprovince
kjprovince

ummm people are not going to be allowed to consume there.  The fair will have booths with info about growing, medicinal benefits, different strands, packaging options, etc, but they are not going to actually be selling  (or consuming) product there at the fair.  There will probably be lots of PICTURES of pot but you aren't going to "smell pot" when you go to the fair.  Not to mention it will be on a whole separate floor from the rest of the fair and you will have to be 21 or older to get into that section.


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