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Lost Highway Brewing Opens Tonight in Denver -- After Three Years in the Making

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At long last, Lost Highway Brewing, which has been in the planning stages or under construction for three full years, is opening -- and fast: tonight at 5 p.m.

Owned by James and Tina Pachorek, who also own the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe next door, Lost Highway will have six beers on tap: a pilsner, a blonde, a wit, a pumpkin, a Belgian quadrupel and a Belgian IPA, along with fresh bread, charcuterie, olives and other "lunchables," says Tina.

See also: Lost Highway Brewing Wants to Open Before 2013 GABF

"We got final license approval at noon, so we figured we've got to open. It wasn't the way we planned it, but it was just time," Tina says. "We know people have been waiting."

The Pachoreks first announced their plans to open a brewery -- originally called Three Saints to fit the Belgian theme -- in October 2011, but ran into numerous problems with the building and their contractor. He eventually had to be replaced.

The Lost Highway name came about because of Colfax Avenue's designation as U.S. Route 40 -- once the gateway to the west, at least before I-70 was built.

Last year at this time, the Pachoreks revealed that they had hired a brewer -- T.J. Compton of C.B. & Potts -- and that they had entered two beers into the competition at the Great American Beer Festival; they received their permits in 2012. Although the beers were brewed and entered, it would be a year before the contractor problems were worked out and the building completed.

Lost Highway will open at noon on Saturday and Sunday and keep regular hours after that. It will hold a grand opening sometime after GABF.


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