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Obama’s big night out in Denver

DENVER -- This city is known for its impressive craft beer, and President Obama wasted no time tossing one down.

After a dinner with five people who wrote him letters and a stroll down a street where he greeted onlookers, "High fives, fist bumps," he said, and shook hands with some guy wearing a horse mask, Obama made his way to the Wynkoop Brewing Company.

It always helps when you're friends with someone who starts a restaurant. Obama was greeted by one of the brewery's founders: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D).

U.S. President Barack Obama enjoys a beer with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper during a stop in a bar in Denver July 8, 2014. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Hickenlooper and Obama grabbed some beers from the bar. Obama chatted with a number of patrons, including a woman sitting at the bar whose brother was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. He gave her a challenge coin, a token that Obama gives to veterans.

Obama chatted with some more patrons, and he and Hickenlooper made their way over to a pool table. Obama was solids, Hickenlooper stripes.

Neither man is a pool shark. The game started off slow -- Obama joked that Hickenlooper didn't leave him a shot, and Obama missed the pocket.

Obama then gained momentum and sunk a few shots. He then got hot, went on a run and won the game.

President Barack Obama plays a game of pool with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, right, at a pub in Denver  July 8, 2014. (Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images)

"I take a little longer to warm up," Hickenlooper said.

Obama only took a few sips of his beer. A patron offered to buy him another.

"It's too late man. I just got one," Obama said. "I'll come shake your hand."

Obama got to take in a little Denver flavor. Obama's motorcade drove by a sign reading "Free weed for Obama" in the city's LoDo neighborhood. Marijuana became legal in Colorado in January. While greeting people at the restaurant where he ate dinner, Obama remarked on the bartender's facial hair.

"That's a cool 'stache," Obama told him. Indeed, half of the man's full mustache was brown, the other half gray.

Katie Zezima is a national political correspondent covering the 2016 presidential election. She previously served as a White House correspondent for The Post.

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