Beer Man

Arvada Beer Company Closes in Olde Town

Arvada Beer Company, which was founded by husband-and-wife homebrewers Cary and Kelly Floyd in 2011, has closed its doors. If the closure is permanent, it would be one of the first times an independent craft brewer has gone out of business in the Denver metro area since Denver's Del Norte Brewing ended its five-year run in 2012.

Cary Floyd didn't return a call seeking comment, but he told Westword just two weeks ago that the brewery was planning to add a kitchen and that it had recently struck an agreement with Dad & Dudes Breweria in Aurora that would allow Dad & Dude's to make beer on Arvada's system and serve it at Arvada Beer Company.

The “alternating proprietorship” agreement, as it is called, was created so that Dad & Dudes could make more beer; it currently brews most of its canned offerings at Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock. The brewpub itself only has a very small brewing system.

Dad & Dude's co-owner Mason Hembree declined to comment on the situation, but said he might be able to talk about it later in the week.

Arvada Beer Company, which seats 130 people, opened in October 2011 in a 95-year-old historic brick building on a prominent corner in Olde Town Arvada. The building had been gutted and restored to make room for the brewery and other shops.

The company struggled over the years, however, losing its head brewer at one point and revamping its lineup of beers in an effort to bring in more business.
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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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