Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales opened in early 2014 as Former Future, to immediate popularity in the Platt Park neighborhood. The brewery's evolution is a testament to how much things have changed in the Denver brewing scene: In 2016, owner James Howat renamed the enterprise Black Project and now brews only spontaneously fermented beers in his coolship (a shallow, open fermentation tank designed to capture the microbes unique to Colorado's atmosphere). The resulting beverages are delectable — sour, funky, tart and pungent — and arguably even more popular than the tasty but conventional beers on tap before the rebranding. It's one of the few places in Colorado where you can find a tart, pale golden ale that tastes like salty lemonade straight from the Vietnamese lexicon next to a hazy IPA that lacks bitterness but offers wild, earthy flavors instead. As a bonus, drinkers hungry for more than the ubiquitous bar popcorn and pretzels can call the nearby Maria Empanada and have a pastry or two delivered right to their bar stools.