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Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Communication Studies

Local Host Activities

The local hosts in the Department of Communication Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver have planned some fun activities for convention goers. The brewery tour is Friday, February 21; museum visits are on your own. If you want to participate, sign up when you register for the conference.

Denver's RiNo Brewery Expedition            2:30 - 6:15           $30.00

As many of you might already know, Denver has a pretty good craft beer scene. In fact, it's so good that knowing where to go for the best stuff can be a bit overwhelming. To help navigate the plentitude, Dr. Samuel Jay, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver will be leading a walking tour to and from several breweries located in Denver's River North neighborhood.

The tour will leave the Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver at 2:30 with stops at Spangalang Brewery, Woods Boss Brewing Company, Ratio Beerworks, Epic Brewing Company, and The Rackhouse Pub. We'll be returning to the conference hotel by 6:15 that evening.

Tickets for the tour include a beverage of choice at each location. In addition to Dr. Jay's acquired knowledge about Denver's craft beer scene, the tour will include conversations from breweries and brewery owners at each of the stops.

Please purchase your brewery tour when you register for the conference. There are no refunds after Thursday February 13.

Denver Museum Tours

Denver has several excellent museums located within walking distance of the convention hotel. To accommodate conference attendees interested in visiting any of these spots, this year's local host, the Department of Communication Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, secured discounted pricing for those looking to make some museum visits during the conference dates.

Denver Art Museum: $11 (normally $13)

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art: $7 (normally $10)

Clyford Still Museum: $8 (normally $10)

American Museum of Western Art: $5 (normally $7)

As mentioned, all museums are close to the Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver Hotel and those interested in hitting up all four locations are encouraged to do so. You would be looking at roughly 2 miles worth of walking and 45 minutes of total commute time. Of course, you're free to pick and choose 1, 2, or 3 museums as well when you register for the convention.

NOTE: To secure these discounts, tickets must be purchased by Thursday, February 13. There are no refunds after Thursday, February 13.


Denver International Airport (DEN)

Hotel direction: 23 miles Southwest, approximately 35 minutes in moderate traffic

The Grand Hyatt does not offer shuttle service to/from the airport. It does have a complimentary 16th Street shuttle one block from the hotel to reach destinations throughout downtown Denver's entertainment district.

Alternative Transportation

  • Uber and Lyft are easily available throughout Denver

  • Denver Airport Rail - Travelers can use the A Line rail service from Denver International airport to LoDo's (lower downtown) Union Station. The Denver airport rail has six stops along the way and takes approximately 37 minutes for $10.50 each way.

  • Car Rentals available

Driving Directions

DEN Airport, Denver, Colorado: 1. Head north on Pena Blvd toward Shady Grove St. 1.04 mi. 2. Take Pena Blvd toward Arrivals/Valet & Short Term Parking 1.04 mi 3. Turn slight right to stay on Pena Blvd. 1.27 mi. 4. Turn slight right to stay on Pena Blvd 9.54 mi. 5. Merge onto I-70 W via the exit on the left 9.68 mi. 6. Take the Brighton Blvd/CO-265 exit, EXIT 275B .21 mi. 7. Turn left onto Brighton Blvd/CO-265. Continue to follow Brighton Blvd 1.66 mi. 8. Brighton Blvd becomes Broadway .82 mi. 9. Turn slight right onto Champa St. .4 mi. 10. Turn left onto 17th St. .2 mi. 11. Turn left onto Welton St. .06 mi. 1750 Welton St is on the right.

Grand Hyatt Parking:

  • Off-site parking $X/day
  • On-site parking $X/day
  • Valet parking $46 overnight; $23/0-4 hours; $28/4-8 hours

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