|Left to right: Hopenstein, Pale Face, & O.T.O.G.O.B.|
|Can't argue with that|
Westminster is not the Southwest. Granted, parts of Colorado are considered the Southwest but not Westminster. Westminster is on the plains. To put a brewery on the prairie and call it “Kokopelli” is a cultural misplacement. One might say breweries like Prost Brewing and Hogshead Brewery are also juxtapositions to their surroundings (Colorado isn’t in Germany or the U.K., of course) but the difference there is that those two breweries continue their themes beyond the name; Hogshead brews traditional English ales and Prost brews traditional German beers. They become islands of Europe in Denver, a quick, passport-less vacation abroad.
|The ancient, native god of back rubs|
Even changing the names of the beer could help. The name of the Cascadian dark ale is a pun on the title of a Gothic novel and nobody but two or three people knows what the hell the name of the Irish dry stout is supposed to mean--they just don’t fit the theme. Give the beers appellations that evoke the grandeur of Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, or Canyon de Chelly. If the brewers at Kokopelli are really clever, they’ll figure out how to make their beers taste like the theme, too. Brew with cactus or other desert flora, perhaps. Maybe a steinbier made with actual rocks gathered from the Southwest? Let the imagination run wild!