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Jason L. Hanson
Chief Creative Officer and Director of Interpretation and Research
Jason L. Hanson is the Chief Creative Officer and Director of Interpretation and Research at History Colorado. His previous publications include “Women’s Work in Utopia: How the Women of the Colorado Cooperative Company Sought Utopia by Doing What They’d Always Done” (Colorado Heritage, July/August 2016), “Brewers Want the Best: Growing a Brewing Industry in the Centennial State” (Colorado Heritage, September/October 2015), and A Ditch in Time: The City, The West, and Water with Patty Limerick (Fulcrum Publishing, 2012). When it comes to beer, he believes in being an aficionado, not a connoisseur—a lover, not a snob.
More than a century ago, open-air classrooms had a moment in response to another pandemic. Then it was tuberculosis, another era-defining airborne pathogen that attacked the respiratory system. And the results were encouraging. Could fresh air be part of the solution to school in the time of coronavirus?
Coloradans love our local beer. The first locally brewed keg was tapped in Denver to rave reviews from residents at the end of 1859. Today more than 360 breweries throughout the state—encompassing both the world’s largest beermaking plant and the smallest nano-operations—pour locally made libations for appreciative patrons. In every corner of this rectangular patch of mountains and plains, liquid artisans are crafting an array of exceptional beverages that pair well with the joys of living here. An intrepid (and thirsty!) aficionado could watch the Colorado sunset with a different locally made beer in hand every evening for nearly a decade without repeating.