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Crimson and Gold Inn served 3.2 beer to thirsty Pioneers

When 3.2 beer was made legal in April 1933 — as a stopgap method to get booze to the people before Prohibition officially ended eight months later — the Crimson and Gold Inn at 1201 S. Pearl St. was among the first Denver bars to serve the lower-alcohol suds. The restaurant just off Interstate 25 near Buchtel Boulevard was called the Washington Street Exit in the 1980s and ’90s; today it’s Lincoln’s Roadhouse, which serves up Cajun cuisine and live blues to the DU neighborhood and local motorcycle enthusiasts. This ad is from a 1957 issue of the Clarion.


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