Although brewery owners Nathaniel and Andrea Miller are being forced to move because their current building is for sale, the couple had already been looking for a new space so that they could add live music, a patio, more beer taps and more space, Andrea says. Their current taproom is in a small, two-story building in a business park.
“The new space will allow us to grow and come into our own,” she explains. “There are a lot of breweries out there, and most of them can provide a great taproom experience. Those kinds of amenities are important to people. We really want to increase our taproom presence.”
Built in 1940 by Japanese-Americans, the temple was recently purchased by an investor and “now boasts two outdoor patios, high ceilings with exposed wooden beams and 5,300 square feet for both a taproom and brewing,” Big Choice says. “The current Broomfield taproom has an eight-tap system, but the new location will allow for a fifteen-to-twenty tap system, as well as an increase of occupancy from 50 to 180 people.”
Big Choice was founded in 2012 by the Millers and Tyler Ruse, and named for a 1994 album by the California punk band Face to Face; the brewery carries that mid-’90s vibe with its music, and Andrea says that look, feel and culture will continue at the new place, which is located at 21 South First Avenue.
The Millers had hoped to stay in Broomfield or the surrounding area, where they have built a following, but they weren’t able to find an immediate option.
Big Choice wasn’t the first brewery to make plans to open in the former temple. Aurora’s Mu Brewery announced last fall that it would open a second location in the space. But funding fell through shortly thereafter, and Mu has since closed its doors in Aurora.
Big Choice plans to brew as much beer as it can over the next few weeks so that it can keep its current taproom open until the brewing equipment has been moved and the new location is ready. Andrea says that should happen sometime in late May.