Beer Man

Denver's Prost Brewing Will Open a New Tap Room in Fort Collins

Denver’s Prost Brewing will become one of just a few Colorado beer makers with a satellite tap room in another city when it opens a location in Fort Collins this spring.

The brewery, which specializes in traditional German-style lagers, has been searching for a good spot in the college town for more than a year, says co-owner Troy Johnston. Prost finally landed at 321 Old Firehouse Alley, in a building attached to Illegal Pete’s.

“It will be a unique spot because our front door will face an alley,” says Johnston, but there will be plenty of foot traffic: A hotel is under construction nearby, and there are many other eating and drinking hangouts in this part of Old Town.

The tap room will include a 1,500-square-foot beer garden and will feature Prost’s entire lineup, from its core beers like Dunkel, Pils, Weissbier and Altbier to seasonals like its Marzen, Helles, Maibock, Dopplebock and Kolsch.

Prost has been seeking a Fort Collins presence because three of its co-owners (there are five total) graduated from Colorado State University, and some still live in northern Colorado; some of their children go to CSU as well. “It has always been on our radar and is a natural spot for us,” Johnston says. “We wanted to plant a flag in Fort Collins and tie into the community.”

Although Prost won't be brewing any beer in the new space, it does plan to do some of its packaging there; Prost recently began selling its bottled beer in twelve-packs. By the end of 2016, Johnston says, Prost may be brewing at a rate of 10,000 to 12,000 barrels per year.
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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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