Beer Man

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

Chad Yakobson talks fast and he doesn't stand still -- not when there is so much to do.

The founder, owner and head yeast whisperer at Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is in the midst of a major expansion at his northwest Denver Barrel Cellar, adding employees, barrels, storage space and taproom hours, but that's just the beginning of what he has in store for beer lovers in Colorado -- and possibly out of state -- in 2013.

"This is an extreme labor of love," says Yakobson, who specializes in making wild and sour ales. "I can't explain the number of hours I spend here."

See also: - Crooked Stave adds funk to Denver's beer culture with a barrel cellar and brewery - Crooked Stave is brewing in Denver and readying a separate barrel cellar - The Source, an artisan market with a restaurant, beer garden and brewery, will open in River North

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