Beer Man

A dozen new breweries on tap for the Denver Metro area by spring 2013

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Very Nice Brewing Company Nederland Opening: November (tentative) Jeffrey and Susan Green hope to open Very Nice Brewing Company this weekend in the Caribou Village Shopping Center in Nederland, but are awaiting final permit approvals. Once Very Nice is open, the small brewery plans to serve no more than three beers at time. Some of the brews the Greens will have on tap include Monk's Phunk, a Trappist-style Belgian ale; the Logical Fallacy, an India black ale/stout hybrid with a heavy hops profile; and the Very Nice IPA, a classic IPA with Colorado wildflower honey. Fate Brewing Boulder Opening: December Mike Lawinski, the former operations manager for the West End Tavern in Boulder, will open Fate Brewing, a full-service restaurant and brewery, in the 7,000-square-foot space previously occupied by Jose Muldoon's. It will have a ten-barrel brewing system and thirty tap lines, many of which will host guest beers; there will be seating for 230 people inside and 90 outside. Jeff Griffith, formerly of Golden City Brewery, is planning five core beers along with an ever-changing rotation of seasonals, collaborations and special releases. Cannonball Creek Brewery Golden Opening: December 2012 (tentative) Former Mountain Sun brewers Brian Hutchinson and Jason Stengl are opening Cannonball Creek Brewery; it's named for the former moniker of Clear Creek, which flows through Golden. This will be the second craft brewer in a town that sits in the shadow of the Coors plant. Located at 393 Washington Avenue, the 4,000-square-foot brewery and taproom will feature a seven-barrel brewing system. The owners plan to brew a wide variety of ales and lagers, but with "an emphasis on bigger American-style and Belgian beers." They hope to have twelve to fifteen beers on tap at all times. De Steeg Brewing 4342 Tennyson Street January 2012 Craig Rothgery will open De Steeg, a nanobrewery with a 1.2-barrel, homemade brewhouse, in a retail space accessed from the alleyway across the street from the Oriental Theater, at 4342 Tennyson Street. The brewery was formerly called High Gravity, but Rothgery changed the name after Gravity Brewing opened in Louisville; De Steeg is Dutch for "the alley." A home brewer and mechanical engineer in Aurora, Rothgery worked at Nestle Foods in Denver before being laid off in April. His passion is high-alcohol, high-gravity beers -- in the 8 to 14 percent range.
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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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