Beer Man

Crooked Stave brings the cool with its coolship, a Belgian-style brewing vessel

Since opening the Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in 2010, Chad Yakobson has done things his own way, pushing Colorado's craft-beer scene forward with his brewing technique, his chosen style of beers, his collaborations and his brewery-less taproom.

But his latest innovative leap will actually be a step into the past.

When Yakobson opens his new twenty-barrel pilot brewery in the Source this fall, it will include a coolship, a surprisingly simple piece of equipment that brewers used for hundreds of years -- but which is now rare, even in Belgium, where they were once very popular.

See also: Crooked Stave will triple in size in 2013, sell sour beers out of state

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