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Mountain Toad Brewing opens in Golden as the town's third craft brewery

Mountain Toad Brewing will hold a grand opening in Golden on Saturday, adding a third craft brewery to a town that has been synonymous with Coors for decades.

Located downtown, at 900 Washington Avenue, the brewery and taproom features a large outdoor biergarten with seven picnic tables and room for food trucks, along with a lineup of traditionally-styled beers named for some of Golden's landmarks.

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"We are not your sixteen-tap brewery, but we try to focus on what we know and on doing that well," says Kaylee Acuff, who owns Mountain Toad with three others. "Our goal is to have four flagships on tap and four seasonals at all times."

Since Mountain Toad is still brewing some of those beers, however, it only has four taps going right now: Apex Amber, White Ranch Wit, Mt. Zion IPA and Ryrish Stout. A fifth beer, called Summer Hop, will be ready in a couple of weeks, Acuff says.

Another brewery, Canonball Creek, opened in Golden in January, joining Golden City Brewery, which had been the towns only alternative to Coors since 1993.

But Acuff says employees of all three of the other beer makers have been welcoming and friendly and that several Coors employees have already stopped by for beers; Mountain Toad officially opened on Tuesday afternoon and will be serving all week.

"We're taking some of the great things from Golden City, like the patio, and some of the nice things from Cannonball, which has a beautiful inside space, and merging them," says Acuff, a former Colorado School of Mines instructor. "We are a little bit of both."

The City of Golden has also been helpful, Acuff says, adding signage for the brewery and paying for a mural of a toad on a bicycle that will painted on the business in June.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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