SpringHill Suites Downtown Denver and Infinite Monkey Theorem Wine.
day one, and now it was time to check out some more food and beer.
Our schedule didn’t start until 9:30 a.m. so we got to sleep in a bit, which was much needed after the late night.
SpringHill Suites offers a nice hot breakfast to begin with, and the chef from the Degree restaurant next door brought us some scones and treats to go with it.
After breakfast, we all piled back into our limousine to hit some of the breweries of Denver in the nearby LoDo and RiNo Art District.
We then went back to the SpringHill Suites to say goodbye. Most of the group was heading home, but I decided to stay another day.
The first was with Jesse Davis, Director of Public Relations for the Denver Convention and Visitors Bureau.
After Jesse left, I headed to Avanti Food and Beverage to meet up with Chris Moose Koons, whom I had met during a trip to Colorado. He does marketing for Peach Street Distillers, a favorite artisan distillery of mine.
He took me around Avanti Food and Beverage, a very interesting concept.
Avanti also has a great rooftop with terrific Denver views.
We left together and he dropped me off at Amato’s Ale House.
I’d known my dinner partners for more than half their lives, but hadn’t seen them in a few years and not together in more than five.
Catrina and Christian Thompson, and Christian’s boyfriend Stephen Bass, had all played junior tennis while I was covering it and then later on played for (and graduated from) Notre Dame.
Catrina had ended up back at Notre Dame as an assistant coach while Christian was now the Head Coach of the University of Denver. As luck would have it, Catrina was visiting Denver with her boyfriend Matt the weekend I was there.
I also have to give a shout out to the Ale House’s Four Cheese Penne.
Christian and Stephen brought me back to the SpringHill Suites.
I went straight to sleep when I got back. I had an early flight to head home.
The trip ended as good as it began, with my second straight upgrade on American Airlines and looking forward to visiting Denver again sometime soon.