Nearly 1,000 turn out in 100-degree heat for “Brew-N-Que”

Centennial event features 12 breweries and BBQ

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Sitting underneath a blue tent, shaded from the blazing summer sun on a nearly 100-degree day, Centennial mom Francesca Sivadhas held her 1-year-old daughter, Lakshmi, as her husband returned from getting his third beer sampling during Centennial’s annual “Brew-N-Que” event at Centennial Center Park on July 9. 

Having just moved to Centennial from London about three months ago, Sivadhas, who lives down the road from the park, was searching online for events to attend and came across the Brew-N-Que. She came with her family and a few other friends. 

“It’s fun! Yeah, we’re enjoying it,” Sivadhas said. She asked her husband, Harry Sivadhas, how the beer was, since she is pregnant and can’t drink. He said the beer was good and he only wishes the event had more non-alcoholic choices. 

An estimated 1,000 people attended the “Brew-N-Que”, which invites people to gather and enjoy barbeque and beers, said Centennial communications director Allison Wittern. The event began as a way to bring people together at the park, she said, adding this year marked the sixth time Centennial hosted it. 

Those who purchased a beer sampling ticket could get a 3-ounce sample from 10 of the 12 breweries scattered across the amphitheater lawn, including the Centennial-based Halfpenny Brewing Company.

Live musical performances on the amphitheater stage, first by The ThreadBarons and then by the Front Range band, filled the atmosphere throughout the evening. 

In the parking lot near the entrance to the ampitheatre, lines of people formed in front of the three available barbeque vendors. Tents with representatives from various organizations, such as Metrum Community Credit Union and The Trails Recreation Center, also filled part of the parking lot. Representatives for Heidi Ganahl, who is running for governor, were also at the event. 

Centennial also hosted a tent for its housing study, asking residents to offer their thoughts on inclusionary zoning and accessory dwelling units. The effort is one of the ways the city is trying to get more participation in its housing study, which city council member Candace Moon previously said needs more community feedback

Halfway through the four-hour event, Mayor Stephanie Piko and city council members Christine Sweetland, Tammy Maurer, Mike Sutherland, Robyn Carnes and Don Sheehan gathered on stage for a brief speech from Piko. 

“We did manage to pick the hottest day of the year for this event, so we hope you are all enjoying the nice cold brews, some great barbeque and finding a little bit of shade and a little bit of a breeze to hide in this afternoon,” said Piko. “Thank you all for being here.” 

For those who attended the event, Wittern said she hopes they had a good time, met with neighbors and gained a sense of pride in Centennial.  

“This is one of our favorite events,” Piko said. “We hope you enjoy this opportunity for everyone to get together and have a great time in the sun in Colorado, and enjoy it in Centennial.” 

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