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Photos: Odyssey Beerwerks, a new Arvada brewery, hosts a party Saturday

Odyssey Beerworks in Arvada had a soft opening last Friday, but will host a grand opening this Saturday at 2 p.m. with live music from Jimmie Hope, the Ablaze food truck, door prizes. There are currently four beers on tap, but there will be six come Saturday, including Psycho Penguin Porter and Brick Lane ESB.

See also: - Odyssey Beerwerks, a brewery and taproom, opens in Arvada in May - Colorado Plus opens Monday with 56 local beers on tap -- and a brewery next month - Arvada Beer Company expands, will begin canning soon

Owners Josh Van Riper and Chris Hill met in Fort Collins after attending Colorado State University in the early '90s. They chose Arvada because it is a growing community and one that they feel is rapidly becoming more youthful and "cool." The name was chosen from a love to travel and is intended to embody the highs and lows of the journey rather than the destination. There are two other breweries in Arvada, but Van Riper and Hill feel that Yak & Yeti and Arvada Beer Company will combine to form a triangle of good beer in the city. The grain hopper was custom built, along with all the metal work in and outside of the building. Odyssey takes its own spin on global beers such as the: German hefeweizen, Scotch ale, English bitter, Russian imperial Stout, Belgian black and American pale ale. The brewery plans can its beers this summer; owners feel that cans are more environmentally friendly than bottles, preserve the flavor and are easier to pack in and out on the journeys. For many more pictures of Odyssey, turn the page. See more pictures on the next page. The bar is handmade by Hill and his family. The only decorations hanging from the hand-built pergola is an oxygen tank that made its way to the top of Everest, a lantern that Chris' grandfather used as a Texas Ranger, and a large metal sculpture that a friend built for the brewery.


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