Sixteen new breweries opened inside Denver city limits in 2014, a record year that brought the total number of breweries here to 44 -- and that doesn't include beer makers like Joyride Brewing in Edgewater and other nearby suburbs that helped the Mile High City's beer culture bubble over. At the end of 2013, we identified twenty new breweries that planned to open in the next year. This time around, we are looking at half that number on track to open in 2015.
But at least six other breweries are close to finding spaces. In addition, Crooked Stave, Renegade and TRVE will all open new production facilities in town in 2015 (Renegade will add a second taproom at some point), and Great Divide will open a canning facility and taproom at its planned new brewery (scheduled to open in 2016). So, it's not like things are slowing down any time soon. Cheers.
Spangalang Brewing 2736 Welton Street Former Great Divide head brewer Taylor Rees, along with co-workers Austin Wiley and Darren Boyd, will open Spangalang Brewery in the longtime Denver Motor Vehicles office on Welton Street in the heart of Five Points. Spangalang, which takes its name from a jazz term, will include a ten-barrel brewhouse and a 3,300-square-foot brewery and taproom. As for the beers, Rees, Wiley and Boyd plan to brew almost every style they can think of. "Some will be aggressive; but we want some sessionable, too, and everything in between," Rees says.
Call to Arms Brewing 4526 Tennyson Street Located in the back half of an 8,253-square-foot building/development called John's Garage (which used to house a private motorcycle museum), Call to Arms is owned by three former Avery Brewing employees -- Chris Bell, Jesse Brookstein and Jon Cross -- who left in 2014 to form their own venture. They were excited to find a location in the up-and-coming Berkeley neighborhood, and on bustling Tennyson Street.
Bierstadt Lagerhaus 2875 Blake Street A trio of heavy-hitters in Denver's beer world -- Chris Rippe (who owned the Rackhouse Pub for five years before closing it in 2014), Bill Eye (the former head brewer at both Dry Dock and Prost) and Ashleigh Carter (also of Dry Dock and Prost) -- are teaming up to create a German-style brewery in a River North complex called the Bindery on Blake. It will likely also include a cidery, restaurant and other like-minded businesses. In 2014 Eye and Carter traveled to Germany, where they purchased an 82-year-old, 35-barrel copper brewing system that they have since imported to the United States.
Cerebral Brewing 1477 Monroe Street The beer boom on "the longest, wickedest street in America" will continue this year when Cerebral Brewing -- owned by Sean Buchan, Chris Washenberger and Dan McGuire -- opens in the former Galaxie auto body shop at the corner of Colfax and Monroe Street. Located across from the Sprouts Farmers Market development, the complex will include two eateries as well. Cerebral will feature a ten-barrel brewing system, a 4,000 square-foot space with a patio, and Belgian- and English-inspired brews. Cerebral will also incorporate a lab and a quality-testing program into its operations from day one.
Briar Common Brewery + Eatery 2298 Clay Street A longtime dream for brothers Kent and Greg Dawson, who grew up Portland, Briar Common should open near the end of 2015 in Jefferson Park. The spot will include a full kitchen, and Kent Dawson says the plan is to attract the locals. "We want to contribute to what is already a great neighborhood," he says. "The basic concept is that we want this to be a neighborhood walk-up destination." The Dawsons plan to focus on classic beer styles -- "a less is more approach," Kent says -- that pair well with food. The building renovation, which is being done by architect David Berton, includes plans for a rooftop patio overlooking the neighborhood's namesake park. Keep reading for five more breweries that plan to open in Denver in 2015.
Tivoli Brewing and Taproom 900 Auraria Parkway This year the new makers of Tivoli Beer will open their own 8,000-square-foot brewery, taproom and restaurant inside the historic home of the original Tivoli Brewing Company on the Auraria Campus. The Tivoli Brewery and Taproom will be inside the landmark Tivoli Student Union Building and will also be used by Metropolitan State University of Denver's Hospitality, Tourism and Events school to train students in its beverage-management program. Tivoli owners Corey and Debbie Marshall bought the lapsed trademarks to Tivoli and several other historic Denver beer names a few years ago and have been bringing them back one at a time by contract-brewing the beers at Prost Brewing. The restaurant part of the brewery will serve small plates, panini and other sandwiches, flatbreads, salads and soups.
Ratio Beerworks 2920 Larimer Street Former Wynkoop and AC Golden brewer Jason zumBrunnen plans to open Ratio Beerworks with partners Zach Lowery and Scott Kaplan in the 5,500 square-foot warehouse space that used to hold Mile High Spirits. They'll join the burgeoning River North brewery district with a twenty-barrel system, a 1,500-square-foot taproom and plans to package some sour and barrel-aged beers. Year-round beers could include a saison spiced with American hops, a dark Scotch ale and a session pale.
Declaration Brewing 2030 South Cherokee Street "There is a lot of exciting stuff already downtown, so it is easy to get lost in the mix with so many great breweries there," says Mike Blandford of Declaration Brewing. And so he and his four business partners are excited about their location in southwest Denver, which will include a 1,600 square-foot taproom and a 4,500 square-foot outdoor beer garden that will have a dedicated pad for food trucks.
Factotum Brewhouse 3845 Lipan Street The sister-and-brother team of Laura and Chris Bruns plan to open Factotum Brewhouse this year as a place where homebrewers can come in and create their recipes and then brew their beers on Factotum's seven-barrel system. Located in a former auto-body shop-turned-photography studio, Factotum is just yards away from Diebolt Brewing in the blossoming Sunnyside neighborhood. "When we saw our current space after months and months of searching, we knew we had to pounce on it," Chris Bruns says. "If it were ten miles from the nearest brewery or directly next door, we'd be fools not to take it." To help it get off the ground, Factotum is selling memberships to its Local 303 beer club.
Goldspot Brewing 4970 Lowell Boulevard Matt Hughes, a former jack-of-all trades at the Wynkoop, and Alex Sward plan to open Goldspot Brewing any day now in the Berkeley neighborhood, about a block from Regis University. Named for the gold spot that symbolizes the sun on both the city and state flags, Goldspot will feature several core beers made on a seven-barrel system, including an IPA, an imperial oatmeal stout and a wheat beer, along with rotating seasonals.
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