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Photos: Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery opens strong in downtown Denver

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery opened this week with plenty of horse power -- and not just because it's located in a building that once served as a horse stable for a local carriage company. Rather, the Jagged Mountain's high-octane beers -- designed by brewmaster and former Mountain Sun brewer Wayne Burns -- are what makes the place run.

"We felt like it was crucial to our concept and our identity to open with some big beers," Burns says; that concept -- "adventurous people making adventurous beers" -- stems from the the fact that the three owners, Burns, Randy Stinson and RJ Banat, are all into outdoor activities, like canyoneering, backpacking and mountaineering.

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Some of those adventurous, high-alcohol beers, such as one of two Old Ales at 14 percent ABV, are already gone, but Burns promises to have more of them on tap as soon as possible. In the meantime, the beers they do have, while not as high in alcohol, are different that what many breweries choose to open with.

For instance, there are two different saisons, a Scotch ale and a Black IPA made with Belgian yeast. One of the Old Ales is still on tap as well.

And despite its mantra and its logo, Jagged Mountain, located on the busy corner of 20th and Lawrence streets, has a decidedly urban, downtown feel -- one that is highlighted and complemented by tall windows that wrap around the building, allowing people outside to get a good look at the ten-barrel brewhouse and fermentation tanks inside and the customers in the taproom to watch the foot and car traffic passing by.

Jagged Mountain is currently open Wednesdays through Fridays, starting at 4 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, starting at noon.

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