Note: these thoughts are mine, not necessarily those of Butcherknife Brewing Company. ~ Mark
As a citizen, I feel it’s important to be educated about not only the political process but also individual candidates and in particular their stances on issues. As a business owner, I’m always looking to engage our local patrons and “pay it forward” – offer them something other than just (excellent, tasty, locally-made craft) beer.
WHERE: Butcherknife Tap Room, of course!
I’ve had the opportunity to advocate for small craft brewers twice at the Colorado State Capitol and once in our nation’s Capitol, and I feel strongly that not only is it everyone’s right to directly advocate for their own interests but that it’s an easy way to communicate with the folks representing us – folks who aren’t unlike you and me.
As a way to further these ideals, we have decided to host two political forums in the Butcherknife Tap Room in the next two weeks. On Thursday October 16, 2014, challenger Cari Hermacinski and incumbent Steve Ivancie – candidates for Routt County Commissioner – will be here from 6pm – 7pm. We’re still working on details of the format but the candidates will definitely be taking questions directly from you, our patrons and the people they represent – and responding to your concerns. Each candidate will be given time to respond to every question asked. Questions will not be screened but a moderator (likely me) will be choosing who is up next. Please be respectful and wait your turn, we’ll try to accommodate everyone. Recognize that the candidates have time constraints and questions will be cut off after not too long a time – probably about 6:40pm. Then, we’ll give each of them an opportunity to make some closing statements.
The following week, Butcherknife will host incumbent Diane Mitsch-Bush and challenger Chuck McConnell – candidates for Colorado State House District 26 (Eagle and Routt Counties). This forum will take place Wednesday the 22nd. The format has been decided and will be fine-tuned after the event Thursday the 16th.
These events are designed to be open to the public (over 21), and we have invited the candidates to stick around after the short forum to meet more casually with the public and enjoy some local craft beer. Again, they may have to leave shortly for other engagements, and we ask that our guests respect the candidates’ time.
We realize that most of our patrons aren’t usually here looking for political discussion – and we still invite them to come – but we ask that everyone who does happen to be here on our Forum days acts respectfully. The brewery as a common space for sharing ideas is something we envisioned from day one, and we’re lucky that these candidates are so eager to participate in these events.
We look forward to hosting you next week.