Beer Man

Strange Brewing plans to make headlines in May and honor the Rocky Mountain News

Read all about it: Two former Rocky Mountain News employees, John Fletcher and Tim Meyers, plan to open Denver's newest beer house, Strange Brewing, in May.

Both men were laid off by the Denver Newspaper Agency in February 2009 when the News - which was half of the DNA, along with the Denver Post - was shuttered by its parent company, Scripps Howard, after 150 years in business.

While they'd always wanted to start a brewery, the time was never right, Fletcher says. Either hops prices were too high, or it didn't make sense to quit their jobs. "We'd been talking about it for a few years. Once we were let go, we didn't really have a choice."

Located in an industrial warehouse complex, at 1330 Zuni Street, Unit M, just a few blocks from Invesco Field at Mile High, Fletcher and Meyers plan to open May 17 - the first day of American Craft Beer Week - with three beers on tap, a pale ale, an IPA and a wit. They'll sell kegs to local bars and restaurants and operate a tap room.

They will also brew a one-year anniversary beer, which they'll age for a year, that will honor both their brewery and the April 23 anniversary of the News. It will probably be called 151 - as in 150 years of publishing by the news, plus one.

"This is kind of a way to pay homage to it," Fletcher says.

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