Slattery is aiming for an early summer opening for First Draft, which will feature a rotating selection of forty craft beers, ciders and wines. The iPourIt system will allow customers open a tab and pour their own beers, using wristbands to track how much they pour — and owe. (Sensors on the taps are accurate to a tenth of an ounce.) Slattery plans to stock one-third to one-half of his beers from Colorado Brewers, with the remainder coming from highly sought-after kegs from across the country.
For food, Slattery is consulting with chef Jim Cohen of Louisville's Empire Lounge and Restaurant to come up with a fast-casual menu of small bites and shareable plates that will match well with the beer offerings. "It will be an upgrade from traditional pub fare," Slattery says. "It's a nice and leisurely way to pour and taste."
When Slattery was formulating his plan, he knew he wanted to go a different route from opening another craft brewery. "Denver already has a great craft brewery scene," he explains. Instead, he decided to bring "a unique drinking experience" to the city. "We plan to showcase the best beers we can get our hands on," he adds.
First Draft will have a mezzanine level overlooking the main tap room and garage doors opening to a 900 square-foot patio with a fire pit in the front. Slattery would love to be open by Memorial Day weekend, but says June is a more realistic goal.