Describing roller derby play is both simple and difficult. This sport combines the nuance and subtlety of baseball with hockey-like grace and brutality. Which makes it the perfect sport to watch from the stands with a nice craft beer. The brewers at the Wynkoop must agree with my sentiment since they are brewing up a special Pre-Prohibition style lager in support of our local Denver Roller Dolls.
The Denver Roller Dolls are a local league of three roller derby teams that compete in and around the Denver area -- the Green Barrettes, Bad Apples, and Shotgun Betties. They also use all-stars from these local teams to compete nationally as the Mile High Club in the WFTDA (Women's Flat Track Derby Association, or 'wuf-da'). Roller derby started as a grassroots movement to bring it into the realm of real competitive play instead of the scripted pro-wrestling style events of the '70s and '80s. The popularity of this sport has exploded -- especially in Denver.
The Dolls have a guide on how roller derby is played and scored here.
The Wynkoop is brewing up a special beer for the Roller Dolls and they need your help to find a name for this Pre-Prohibition style lager. Log into Facebook and follow this link to submit your name for this Roller Doll-themed craft beer by midnight tonight (May 19th). The Denver Roller Dolls themselves will narrow the field down to 10 names for the big release event on May 27th at the Wynkoop.
Everyone who attends the launch party on the 27th will be the ones deciding the name for the beer. Every pint of the new brew purchased earns you one vote for the name of your choice -- plus every pint comes in a free commemorative pint glass.
Help support your local roller derby league and attend a bout. The next event is June 12th at the 1stBank Broomfield Event Center. I promise it's a fun and unique experience.
Pre-Prohibition Style Lager Info
Pre-Prohibition style lagers were the style of beer that made America a brewing powerhouse in the late 1800s. They are slightly darker in color than the light lagers we know today and are more malt-forward. The primary feature that separates this beer from all-malt continental lagers is the use of flaked maize, an unmalted cereal grain. The maize leaves a pleasant grain-like sweetness in the finished beer, but still has the drinkability and crispness of continental lagers.
Denver Roller Dolls Info
What: Denver Roller Dolls and Wynkoop Pre-Prohibition style lager release party
When: Thursday, May 27th
Where: The Wynkoop at Wynkoop and 18th in LoDo