Call to Arms Brewing, Founded by Former Avery Workers, Will Open on Tennyson Street

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Three former Avery Brewing employees who left earlier this year to form their own venture, Call to Arms Brewing, have signed a lease at 4526 Tennyson Street in the Berkeley neighborhood.

The brewery will be 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. Eventually there will be two other businesses in the building, including a restaurant.

See also: Call to Arms and Cannonball Creek Brewing Peace & Assist -- Not Cease-and-Desist

"It's not easy to find a location in the neighborhood, so we were really excited to find this one on Tennyson," says Call to Arms co-owner Chris Bell, explaining that he and partners Jesse Brookstein and Jon Cross searched for a spot for five months.

The building, which has brick walls and a barrel roof, served as a garage for city utility trucks for several decades and then became a private motorcycle museum -- with 400 items -- run by vintage motorcycle enthusiast John Sawazhki, who lived in the front.

Located just north of Tennyson Street's bustling arts and business district on a block that is partially residential and partially commercial, Call to Arms will be less than two blocks from De Steeg Brewing, which is in the alley near 44th Avenue and Tennyson.

Bell says the brewery will help solidify the street -- which already boasts several craft-centered bars and restaurants -- as a craft-beer destination.

Renovations to the building will begin soon, and Bell says he hopes to open Call to Arms next spring or early summer. He and Brookstein and Cross all worked in different areas of Boulder's Avery Brewing until earlier this year, when they left as a group.

In July, they teamed up with Cannonball Creek Brewing in Golden to make a beer called Peace & Assist. A play on the cease-and-desist letters that have become common in the craft-brewing industry recently, the goal was to remind brewers to stick together.



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