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Fiction Beer Company will weave its craft brewing tale on East Colfax, near Quebec

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Park Hill), there lived two craft-beer lovers who had to travel across town almost any time they wanted to try a new brewery.

So the couple, Ryan and Christa Kilpatrick, decided to open their own brewing palace, Fiction Beer Company, in order to combine their love of both good beer and good stories.

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The location they found, on the first floor of the Phoenix on the Fax apartment building at 7101 East Colfax Avenue, is at the intersection of several brewery-less neighborhoods -- Park Hill, Montclair and Mayfair -- that are surrounded by other neighborhoods with few, if any, breweries, including Stapleton, Hale, Lowry and Hilltop.

"There's not a lot of commercial space over here. It is mostly residential. Since we live in Park Hill, we saw the void," Ryan says, pointing out that the next closest brewery is two miles away. "We wanted to be in the center of all of those neighborhoods."

When Fiction Beer Company opens (the date is tentatively set for July 2014), it will include a seven-barrel brewing system, six beers on tap and a patio out back. The 2,400-square-foot space was originally going to be a Pasquini's until the restaurant pulled out. "There are windows on three sides and roll-up garage door. It's perfect for us," Ryan adds.

Ryan, a restaurant accountant, and Christa, a former English major, says they are "book dorks," which is how they got the idea for the theme. Although Fiction won't be a library, they plan to have shelves where people can borrow or trade books. The beer styles will be categorized into genres based on their favorite works of fiction, Ryan explains.There will be the classics, like IPA, pale ale, Scotch ale and Belgian wit; mystery and adventure, which will consist of unusual rotating beers; and fantasy/sci-fi, which will be barrel-aged and sour brews.

The beers themselves will be named for fictional characters, places, languages and themes.

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