First Look: Blue Moon Brewing Company Opens in River North

Modern design meets vintage warehouse.EXPAND
Modern design meets vintage warehouse.
Danielle Lirette

Blue Moon Brewing Company, a subsidiary of MillerCoors, has been pouring beer at the Sandlot inside Coors Field since the ballpark opened in 1995. And now, more than twenty years after the first drops of Belgian-style white ale were spilled in Denver, Blue Moon has opened its own brewery and restaurant at 3750 Chestnut Street in the River North neighborhood. The Blue Moon Brewing Company kicked off Monday with an eclectic, chef-driven food menu and a list of ten beers, which will soon be ramped up to 24 tap handles of seasonal and experimental brews.

Keith Villa, the founding brewer when Blue Moon initially opened in 1995, heads the brewing operations here, too, which includes a two-barrel pilot system for experimental beers and a larger system capable of turning out 10,000 barrels annually. 

Chef Darrell Jensen heads the kitchen, which is turning out an array of internationally influenced dishes, everything from fried chicken to Korean short ribs to monkfish in Thai green curry — hardly your standard brewpub fare.

Blue Moon is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with self-guided and VIP tours available. A grand-opening celebration is scheduled for September 7. For more photos, see our complete slideshow.

The main entrance on Chestnut Street.EXPAND
The main entrance on Chestnut Street.
Danielle Lirette
Skirt steak with red chimichurri, fingerling potatoes and a poached egg.EXPAND
Skirt steak with red chimichurri, fingerling potatoes and a poached egg.
Danielle Lirette
The beers are pouring at the new Blue Moon.EXPAND
The beers are pouring at the new Blue Moon.
Danielle Lirette
Inside one of the tube-shaped booths.EXPAND
Inside one of the tube-shaped booths.
Danielle Lirette
A Blue Moon hangs over the main bar.EXPAND
A Blue Moon hangs over the main bar.
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