Beer Man

Photos: Great Divide Brewing Breaks Ground on Its River North Campus

Although demolition began last week, Great Divide Brewing officially broke ground Tuesday on its planned $38.2 million, five-acre brewing campus on the banks of the South Platte River in Denver's River North neighborhood.

Brian Dunn, who founded the brewery in 1994 on Araphahoe Street, rode into the ceremony in a bucket truck alongside the company's mascot, a fluffy white yeti -- namesake to Yeti Imperial Stout, Great Divide's most sought-after beer.

"I never imagined that this is what it would become," he said, surveying the construction site and addressing Great Divide's roots as a tiny brewery.

See also: Great Divide opening the Barrel Bar, a small tap room on the site of its future brewery

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