The brewery, at 2025 Ionosphere Street in Longmont, is owned by Brandon and Lisa Boldt and specializes in brewing and blending Belgian-inspired wild and sour beers that are barrel-fermented with naturally occurring yeast. Some of these “spontaneously fermented” ales are then served or packaged in plastic bags without carbonation — an old Belgian tradition — while others are carbonated and bottled.
As part of its reopening, however, Primitive will bring “a reinvigorated ethos inspired by Belgian beer cafes,” Lisa Boldt says. That means the brewery will offer expanded and socially distanced outdoor seating, more days of operation, an extensive cellar list of both foreign and domestic Lambic and Gueuze beers, and possibly a wider variety of styles, made by other breweries.
The Boldts will also have plenty of their own beers, of which there are quite a few since Primitive continued to produce beers during the eighteen-month closure.
But in order to try them, guests will need to show proof of vaccination either with paper vaccine cards, a photo of the card or via the myColorado photo identification app. “The hypothesis is that if we are selecting for customers that aren’t turned off by the vaccine requirement, we are selecting for customers that trend toward more responsible decision-making in regard to public safety,” explains Brandon Boldt.
“It will definitely make for some uncomfortable exchanges, both online and in person," he continues. "But given the nature of our brewery, we are used to ‘critical conversations.’ At the end of the day, we are doing this to keep our family safe while still sharing what we love, and I hope even people who disagree with our decision can empathize with our considerations.”
Red Rocks is now requiring this for live shows.” Several restaurants and restaurant groups in Colorado have also implemented vaccine requirements for both staff and customers.
On September 2, Boulder County began requiring people to wear masks while they are indoors again (except when eating or drinking) as a result of the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, but officials are considering a plan to make exceptions for businesses that require vaccination for staff and customers.
Primitive will host a soft reopening September 10 to 12, from 2 to 8 p.m. each day, “to coincide with an influx of friends and colleagues around the Craft Brewers Conference, which is taking place in Denver," the brewery says. It will then begin its regular hours the first week of October, with details to be announced soon.