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3 Freaks Brewery in Highlands Ranch Faces Temporary Closure

3 Freaks Brewery Facebook page
UPDATE: Five days after it was forced to close because of a permitting issue, 3 Freaks Brewing in Highlands Ranch reopened on December 7. Owner Jeff Atencio, who at one point thought the issue might force him to close for good, says the state agreed to renew all three of the licenses he needed. “This is by far the best early Christmas present we could've ever received,” he wrote on Facebook. “Thank you so much to Patrick, Marcella and Daisy at the State Department, Dan at Douglas County and Brent at the Sheriff’s office for hearing our plea and going WAY beyond to get us open.” 3 Freaks will now return to its normal business hours.

3 Freaks Brewing in Highlands Ranch posted a message on its Facebook page on Saturday saying it would be closed temporarily because it had inadvertently failed to renew its state licensing. The brewery, located at 7140 East County Line Road, was opened in June 2014 by Jeff Atencio.

Atencio declined to comment on specifics, saying only that he is fighting to get his business running again. There is no timeline to reopen.

Here is the full Facebook message.

3 Freaks Brewery is closed temporarily. Inadvertently the licenses we need to operate were not renewed and as a result we cannot make or sell our product until we re-acquire the licenses. We apologize for any inconvenience this brings to you. To our loyal customers, your support is why we love and do what we do everyday. We ask for your continued support as we fight to reopen. You are a part of our family and we look forward to seeing you very soon.

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