Odyssey Beerwerks, a brewery and taproom, opens in Arvada in May

Arvada will get a new brewery later this month when Odyssey Beerwerks opens up at 5535 West 56th Avenue, Suite 107, just north of the Denver border.

The 1,700-square-foot taproom, which will include a fifteen-barrel brewing system and room for at least eighty people, was founded by friends Chris Hill, who is originally from Fort Collins, and Josh Van Riper, who grew up on the Western Slope.

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"Back when the world was a much different place, filled with grunge music, loose-fitting clothes and Wayne's World movies, two shady characters fell in together and started doing various sketch and wonderful things," is how they describe their history on their website and on their Facebook page.

"One of these was brewing...beer. Not the tasty, modern, complex craft beers flowing in today's market, but the goofy and 'just OK' beers that home brewers in the 90s seemed to know how to build," it continues.

Since then, they've gotten a lot better at it, says Hill. "We brew beers that we like and that our friends like and that a lot of other people like," he explains. "Although I applaud and respect the breweries that do one style very, very well, we are trying to appeal to our own sensibilities, and that includes a little bit of everything."

Odyssey will have six beers on tap when it opens, adds Van Riper, who will be the head brewer. They'll be Psycho Penguin Vanilla Porter, Helios Hefeweizen, Ghost Rider Pale Ale, Nebula Belgian Black Double IPA, Caber Tosser Scotch Ale and Brick Lane Bitter.

Eventually, the two hope to have twelve beers on tap.

Odyssey is scheduled to open May 25.



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