On “Good Morning America” on Monday, former Colorado Democratic governor and brewpub owner John Hickenlooper announced he’s running for President in the 2020 election.

Hickenlooper, who served as Colorado governor from 2011 to 2019, aims to bring “middle-of-the-road” politics to the White House, Vox reports.

Hickenlooper was a founding member of Colorado’s first brewpub, Wynkoop Brewing, which opened in Denver in 1988. The 31-year-old brewery is considered a Denver institution, having since expanded to 15 locations, mostly in the Midwest, the New York Times reports.

Along with helping start a small brewpub empire, Hickenlooper later served as Denver mayor for eight years, followed by eight years as governor. Prior to both his political and beer careers, he was a geologist in the oil industry.

In his tenure, Hickenlooper says in an announcement video, “I’ve proven again and again I can bring people together.”

Incidentally, Wynkoop brewery also made headlines recently for its Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout made with bull testicles.


Politics, like beer, is full of surprises.