Station 26 Brewing opened Saturday afternoon in a beautifully renovated old Denver firehouse in northeast Park Hill that was vacated several years ago when the station was moved further east into the Stapleton neighborhood.
Owner Justin Baccary had been planning to wait one more week, but when he received his final permit from the city, he decided to throw open the doors and let the beer flow.
Those beers included an IPA, a stout, a Belgian-American pale ale, an English-style bitter and an interesting Cherrywood-smoked golden ale. He's got at least two other beers in the works, including a brown and a double IPA.
Baccary, a former investment banker, quit to become a brewer at Dad & Dude's Breweria in Parker more than two years ago. He left that position to start his own brewery in 2013.
He picked the east side of Denver because there are so few breweries in that part of town, and although it took a while, he finally found the old firehouse while he was riding his bike through the neighborhood one day.
With its three enormous garage doors -- formerly used for Denver Fire Department trucks -- and sloped concrete floors, the building is well-suited for a brewery. There is also space for a patio, which can seat sixty, and a basement where Baccary hopes to store wine and whiskey barrels for aging beer.
To start with, Station 26's hours will be Tuesday through Thursday, 2 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 2 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
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