Win-koop or Whine-koop?

When I first moved here, I made reference to the street in Lodo right after Wazee and pronounced it “Win-koop.” I was immediately warned that such pronunciation would instantly label me an outsider. Wanting to fit right in and not draw attention to myself, I quickly adopted the “Whine-koop” pronunciation. Well, the other night I ate at the Wynkoop Brewery and the waiter walked up and said, “Welcome to the Win-Koop.” Today I heard a co-worker and longtime Denverite say “Win-koop.”

Is there a right answer?

I vote for the “whine” pronunciation. Otherwise the wine store Wines Off Wynkoop doesn’t have a very clever name.

3 Comments so far

  1. John Wilker (den_johnw) on June 17th, 2008 @ 9:43 pm

    I’ve always thought it was win-koop

  2. scottythebody on June 18th, 2008 @ 6:13 am

    hmm… not sure. I grew up in Colorado and we always said "win", the newscasters said "win", but I don’t have that on good authority. These kind of thinks are funny, though. In Atlanta, there’s "DeKalb", which you say "Duh-CAB" and to say it otherwise will get you branded. Then, in Portland, there’s "Couch", which everyone says "Cooch" and uses as the test of friend or foreigner — the irony there being that it is *supposed* to be and was historically said "cowch" but changed sometime.

  3. tbradley on June 18th, 2008 @ 10:12 am

    According to the February 9, 1994 issue of Westword, it’s "WINE-coop":

    What’s in a name: A recent visit to the Wynkoop Brewing Company (where they’ve introduced a great Sunday brunch buffet) answered a question I’ve been puzzling over for months: Why does half of Colorado pronounce the name "wine-koop" and the other half "win-koop"–and which is right? According to the waiter’s explanation to the next table–which had a bet riding on it–the brewpub is named after General Edward W. Wynkoop, who pronounced it "wine," as do most male Wynkoop customers.

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