You can trust a biologist to understand beer, and this fall, former biology teacher Rick Kane will open his own brewery and restaurant in Centennial.
Blue Spruce Brewery, at 4151 East County Line Road, will feature at least ten of Kane's beers as well as a few guest beers, alongside "Mazatlan-style" Mexican food cooked by his friend, chef Martin Escobosa.
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"His style of food is all fresh, fresh vegetables; ninety percent of it doesn't include a fire," says Kane, who has been homebrewing since the 1990s. "We'll have a few fried things, though, plus burgers and wings, sausages and Bavarian pretzels."
Despite the kitchen's Mexican accent, the brewpub's primary theme will be Colorado, which is why Kane named it after the state tree. Even the wide variety of beers will have Colorado-themed names.
And there will be plenty of them. "I make a fantastic chile beer that pairs well with Mexican food," Kane says. "But in the fall, my favorites are porters. I make a regular porter and whiskey-oaked porter, a coconut porter. I kind of go nuts with them."
In the summer, he'll focus on saisons, IPAs and lighter beers, like a Kolsch.
Kane was picky about the location for his place. "We looked at everything from traffic counts to age demographics," he says. Centennial finally got the nod because there aren't many other breweries nearby.
When it's finished, Blue Spruce will be able to seat about 220 people and will feature a patio; it's scheduled to open sometime in late October or early November.
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