The owners of the Cheeky Monk Belgian Café are racing to open their new Denver brewery before the Great American Beer Festival starts on October 10. But even if they are delayed, Lost Highway Brewing will be pouring two beers at GABF.
"We've had our brewing permits for almost two years," says James Pachorek, who owns Cheeky Monk and its two sister locations with his wife, Tina, but has slowly been working through timing and construction issues at the brewery, which will be located right next door to the original Cheeky Monk on Colfax Avenue.
Which is why Lost Highway was eligible to enter its beers into the judging at GABF, where the brewery will also have its own table; it will be pouring Golden Ghost Blonde and Lost Highway Saison (both names are tentative).
Neither beer was actually brewed at Lost Highway, however. Rather, they were brewed at C.B. & Potts by Lost Highway's incoming head brewer, T.J. Compton, who has worked for C.B. & Potts for fifteen years and still has a good relationship with the company.
In the meantime, Pachorek is working through the final design elements of Lost Highway in hopes of giving it a more gritty look that the Cheeky Monk. "We want to keep that cool Colfax look, with exposed beams and brick and authentic oldness," he says.
When it opens, Lost Highway -- named in honor of Colfax, otherwise known as U.S. Route 40 -- will also serve cheese and charcuterie plates along with its beer. It will brew on a ten-barrel system, with a smaller system for more experimental beers.
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