July 23, 2012 - Monday

The Future of Beer

It is widely believed that people have been drinking beer for at least 12,000 years. Some ancient cultures are said to have used beer as a staple in their diets, using the magic elixir in place of bread. 


Here in Colorado, we are at the forefront of the most recent beer renaissance, with our craft breweries making some of the finest ales in the world. We are also privy to the newest types of beer, technologically advanced brewing methods, and a robust brew-pub culture that impacts all walks of life.

Join us for a rousing discussion on the future of beer. Our speakers are the pioneers of the new beer renaissance in Colorado, and they will be bringing samples for the audience to enjoy.

Cost: Free (suggested donation: $10)

EVENT: DaVinci Labs
DATE: July 23, 2012 - Monday
TIME: 6:00pm-8:30pm
WEBSITE: http://www.davinciinstitute.com/events/622/davinci-labs-monday-august-27-2012

LOCATION: DaVinci Institute, 511 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, CO 80027
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions

COST: $0, Members: Free, SuperMembers: Free

PHONE: 303-666-4133

TOPIC: The Future of Beer
SPEAKERS: Marty Jones, Paul Nashak, Brian Baker

SPEAKER: Marty Jones

Chief promoter, media tickler and mojo developer for Wynkoop Brewing Company

Since late 2009, Marty Jones has helped Denver's Wynkoop Brewery reclaim its pioneering status in the Colorado beer market. Prior to joining Wynkoop, Jones was one of the founders of Oskar Blues Brewery’s micro canning effort; his promotional efforts helped transform the little-known brewpub into one of the most recognized and fastest-growing craft brewers in the United States. A working musician, Jones considers craft brewing a life-enriching cause as powerful as music, democracy and the Golden Rule. Jones lives in downtown Denver with his dream wife, Lisa.


SPEAKER: Paul Nashak

Managing Partner, Mountain Sun Companies

Upon graduating from Georgetown University in 1995, Paul worked briefly in politics before moving to Boulder, CO. He was first hired as a cook at the Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery, and became the manager of the Southern Sun Pub and Brewery in 2002. Since 2008, Paul has been a managing partner of the Mountain Sun companies and opened the Vine Street Pub for the company in Denver.


HOST: Brian Baker

UX Design Expert, Founder of The First User

Brian Baker started working with User Interface Design in 1994 at Rebel Consultants, which grew to become the largest UI shop in San Francisco during the dot com era. Brian was instrumental in bringing many Fortune 500 companies online; creating their websites, intranets, and building ecommerce tools. In 2002, Brian and his partners added UX to their skill-set, and helped to define the industry of User Experience.

Now in their 19th year, the firm has offices in San Francisco and Boulder, and is called "The First User." Their clients include companies like Sony, Levi's, Ford and Toyota, as well as Internet, app, and consumer electronics startups. The First User concentrates on designing and building great User Experiences, reviewing existing product, and building cultures that put the customer at the center of every product development effort.  

Brian Baker is the Managing Partner at The First User and is a Principle at Small Planet West, an electronic design and manufacturing firm.


6:00pm - 7:00pm Registration and Networking
7:00pm - 8:00pm Presentations and Discussion
8:00pm - 8:30pm Thank you