Nine pairs of people who, through their unique partnerships—some romantic, some not—make Denver a more interesting, entertaining and welcoming place to live.
The duo behind one of the metro area’s newest taprooms fell head over heels for Colorado’s favorite beverage—and each other.
Eight years ago, Betty Fey wasn’t what you’d call a beer aficionado: Back then, she couldn’t tell an IPA from a Pilsner. Instead, she’d reach into her boyfriend’s fridge and grab whatever beer was available. That is, until the day Fey noticed a brew called Sweaty Betty sitting next to the Coors Light. Intrigued by the beer that shared her name, she took a swig—and loved it. The beer belonged to her boyfriend’s roommate, Danny Wang, who, after learning the pretty blonde enjoyed the brew, quietly made sure the fridge was always stocked with it.
A few years later, Fey, who had long since broken up with that boyfriend, ran into Wang. The two struck up a conversation and soon began dating. “It was a little bit freaky,” says Betty Wang (she goes by her married name these days) of their quick reconnection. “The first week we were already finishing each other’s sentences.” They bonded over, among other things, beer. The couple toured the New Belgium brewery in Fort Collins, and after indulging in a few samples, they locked eyes and shared one of their increasingly frequent “are-you-thinking-what-I’m-thinking” moments. We should open a brewery.
Ironically, neither had ever brewed a batch of beer. He had an IT job, and she was in graduate school. But after purchasing a kit and teaching themselves, they focused on brewing, testing batches on nights and weekends. They fed off each other’s competitive spirits. “We’re both such narcissists,” Danny says with a laugh. “We were like: ‘We can do anything!’ ” They were right. In 2011, the pair opened Caution: Brewing in an office park in northeast Denver. This past December, they opened a second location in Lakewood and quit their day jobs. Their Lao Wang Lager is getting rave reviews, as is their Hippity Hops Chrysanthemum IPA. Still, every now and then, Wang slips a sixer of Sweaty Betty in the fridge for his wife.