The father-and-son team of Dan and Jack Diebolt plan to give north Denver's Sunnyside neighborhood its second brewery this year, when they open Diebolt Brewing in a small warehouse building at 3855 Mariposa Street sometime in late spring or summer.
Diebolt will be located about ten blocks south of the Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar, which ferments sour and wild ales in a Sunnyside business park, and about the same distance north of Prost Brewing in LoHi, which specializes in German-style lagers.
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"We don't want to pigeon-hole ourselves...but our family has connections to some French brewers making champagne near the Alsace region of France, so we want to work that into our brewing style and into our branding," Jack Diebolt says. "We have been doing a lot of experimentation with saisons, but, really, one style of beer that hasn't been explored very much by the local brewing community is bière de garde."
Similar to Belgian saisons, bieres de garde were traditionally brewed in farmhouses in northern France, near the Alsace region, during the winter and spring so that their production didn't interfere with the harvest and to avoid problems with yeast and fermentation during the hot summer months.
The brewery will include a fifteen-barrel brewhouse with four fermenters and a 1,000-square-foot taproom, which should have room for about forty people.
"There are a lot of breweries going in," acknowledges Jack, "but there is also a lot more demand for good beer, and Colorado is very artisan-focused; people care about where products are created and what they are consuming. I think each new brewery seems to be developing their own niche, and we will try to do the same."
Jack, who has been living in Colorado for five years, says his parents moved to Colorado in 2012 to help him create the brewery; his father has been homebrewing for 25 years.
"We looked for the right location for about a year," he adds. "We looked in RiNo, but the price was a little high for us since we needed a little more space for our fifteen-barrel system. This is a really good location in 8,000 square feet and the price was right."
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