Aurora theater shooting: Second anniversary to be remembered with beer festival, other events
When Kristen Kozik, who owns the Copper Kettle Brewing Company with her husband, first heard about the horrific shooting at the Aurora Century 16 theater on July 20, 2012, she never imagined she'd know someone involved. It wasn't until the authorities released a list of the twelve people killed that she realized that one of the brewery's regular customers, 24-year-old Alex Teves, was among those who had died.
Alex Teves at the Copper Kettle Brewing Company.
"As soon as we found out, we wanted to do something for his family," Kozik says. It's a tradition they've kept up -- and this year, on the second anniversary of the shooting, Copper Kettle will host "A Night to Remember," a beer festival in Alex's honor.
The festival will take place on Sunday, July 20 at Four Mile Historic Park from 4 to 8 p.m. It will feature beer from twenty breweries, including Copper Kettle, Great Divide Brewing Company, River North Brewery and Avery Brewing Company. Several food trucks, including Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs and Basic Kneads Pizza, will also be there, as will a live bluegrass band. Tickets are $25 ($15 for designated drivers) and all proceeds benefit the ACT Foundation, a charity set up by Teves's parents that provides scholarships for students with special needs to attend the Humanex Academy, where Alex was a mentor.
Alex was one of Copper Kettle's first customers and one of the first members of the brewery's Mug Club. Copper Kettle still has the mug he earned for drinking fifty beers.
In 2012, Copper Kettle hosted a benefit for Alex in their tasting room and donated all of the proceeds to a charity of his parents' choice. The following year, on the one-year anniversary of the shooting, Copper Kettle moved the festival outside to the parking lot and invited other local breweries and food trucks to take part.
Continue for more from Alex's mom, Caren Teves.