Golden History Museum’s curator Mark Dodge finds food history a really fun topic to explore. And to provide the public with an exploration of the topic locally, the Golden History Museum, 923 10th …
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Golden History Museum’s curator Mark Dodge finds food history a really fun topic to explore.
And to provide the public with an exploration of the topic locally, the Golden History Museum, 923 10th St., hosted a History House Party on June 5 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of both Golden City Brewery and Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza.
The event entailed two exhibit openings — one highlights Woody’s and Golden City Brewery, and one on Coors’ Malted Milk, which is what kept the brewery afloat during Prohibition. Woody’s served its wood-fired pizza to attendees and Golden City Brewery was pouring a selection of seven different beers.
“We’ve always been supportive of Golden’s history,” said Charlie Sturdavant, who founded Golden City Brewery along with his wife Janine. “It’s fun to celebrate this with Woody’s (because) we opened our doors at the same time.”
In fact, he added, Woody’s was the first establishment to purchase a keg of Golden City Brewery beer.
Opening its doors on Halloween in 1993, Golden City Brewery, 920 1/2 12th St., is the second oldest brewery in Golden, preceded only by the Coors brewery. Today, the operations of the brewery are largely handled by the Sturdavant’s children — Tamara Munroe who serves as manager and Derek Sturdavant who is the head brewer.
Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza is run by a third-generation Goldenite. Bart Bortles opened the restaurant in 1993, and now his son John Bortles serves as its chief operating officer.
Business has grown tremendously through the years, John Bortles said, so it has been about 10 years since the restaurant has been able to do any events outside of its brick-and-mortar location at 1305 Washington Ave.
But on June 5, it was “a lot of fun to get the mobile oven out,” John Bortles said, “and celebrate the exhibit at the museum and the community.”
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