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Gazette Premium Content Geeks drink to 'Star Wars' at Colorado Springs' McCabe's Tavern

By Andrea Sinclair Updated: May 5, 2014 at 7:53 am

Wear a Captain Kirk outfit to a bar full of "Star Wars" fans, and you're going to get booed.

You're also going to get everyone's attention, which was exactly what quizmaster Aaron Retka was aiming for at Sunday night's Geeks Who Drink specialty trivia contest.

More than 100 people took up every seat at McCabe's Tavern downtown for the first-ever "Let the Wookie Win: A STAR WARS Quiz," which tested fans' knowledge of every "Star Wars" factoid from the original three movies.

After reading off two rounds of questions to 28 teams huddled over their tables, Retka laughed when another player heckled him over his "Star Trek" outfit.

"I wore it because I knew I was going to get booed," Retka said. "It's all part of the fun."

Geeks Who Drink, a Denver-based company that started in 2005, has expanded to 30 states and runs more than 450 weekly pub quizzes for 20,000 players.

McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St,, was the first Colorado Springs venue for Geeks Who Drink, an event that owner Greg Howard has enjoyed hosting every Wednesday for the past eight years.

"It's fun and different. It brings in all kinds of people, and that's the best part," Howard said. "It's a great way to hang out with friends and meet new people who share the same interests."

"It also gives everyone a sense of accomplishment because they can prove how much they know about something they care about," added Retka, who joined Geeks Who Drink eight years ago.

Ben Burtzos, 25, said everyone on his team watched the three original "Star Wars" movies in the past week as a refresher, and seemed confident about being able to answer most of the questions correctly.

"We've all seen all the movies multiple times and so far the questions aren't very difficult, but they'll get harder," Burtzos said.

A cash prize of 50 percent of the night's proceeds for the winning team adds to the excitement, Retka said. Teams are limited to six people and each player pays a $5 admission fee, with first-place prizes usually totaling in the hundreds of dollars.

For Gideon Bob, 29, who said he had seen each of the movies at least 10 times, the "Star Wars"-themed event was a good chance to have fun and see how his knowledge measured up with the other players.

"This is definitely a subculture and it's popular all over the world," Bob said. "I'm also introducing my wife to the movies, so it's been fun to brush up on the movies."

With May 4th known around the world as Star Wars Day and buzz beginning to build for a new film due to premiere in 2015, it seemed natural for Geeks Who Drink to veer from its general-knowledge contests to hold a specialty event.

"Fans asked us for a 'Star Wars'-themed quiz for the longest time," Retka said. "With 28 other cities holding the quiz on the same day, it's been very popular."

McCabe's Tavern hosts Geeks Who Drink trivia events at 8 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, visit http://www.mccabestavern.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/geekswhodrink.

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