Beer Man

Ten Breweries Planning to Open in Denver in 2017

(Editor's note: There are now fifteen breweries planning to open in 2017, with the addition of Oasis Brewing, the Good River Beer Project, The Larimer in Park Hill, River North Brewery's second location, and Odell Brewing's huge new pilot location.)

Maybe you thought Denver couldn't possibly hold another craft brewery. Or maybe you thought the boom was slowing down. I know I did. If so, then we were both wrong. Denver's thirst for new breweries continued unabated in 2016 as eight new taprooms with Denver addresses (Brewability Lab, Bruz Beers, Banded Oak Brewing, Briar Common, Blue Moon, 10 Barrel, Bierstadt Lagerhaus and Seedstock) opened their doors, while two others opened new locations (River North Brewery and Crazy Mountain).

And 2017 will see the addition of at least ten more breweries within the city limits. Outside the city, the suburbs are also blowing up: New breweries are under construction in Wheat Ridge, Littleton, Broomfield, Thornton, Arvada, Lone Tree and Aurora. There are also several breweries that are already brewing beer at other facilities and selling it while looking for permanent addresses of their own in town.

Denver currently boasts around 65 breweries (including some that are production-only and don't have taprooms). By this time next year, we'll be nearing 75. Is the sky the limit? We'll find out. Here is the list of the ten new breweries that plan to open inside Denver in 2017. Cheers.


Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shoppe & Brewery
4369 Stuart Street
Planned opening: February

Dan Appell “grew up” in the Italian deli that his father bought in 1982 in Parsippany, New Jersey, and he would have been just fine if he’d never left. But then beer happened. After moving to Colorado, he worked at Upslope and Wynkoop. Last year, Appell got a chance to combine his two loves, beer and sandwiches, by leasing a 4,150-square-foot spot he’d been eyeing for years. Then he hired former Wynkoop brewer Bess Dougherty. Together they plan to turn out up to thirteen different beers – “a nice session beer, a big, dank IPA and everything in between," he says. The Gnome will also have a full deli menu.

Zuni Street Brewing
2900 Zuni Street
Planned opening: February

TJ Slattery and Willy Truettner could have spent less money to rent space on the outskirts of Denver, but when they found the former home of the Green Garage — an eco-friendly auto mechanic with solar panels on the roof — they decided it was worth the cost. Former middle-school lab partners, the two plan to turn the 3,500-square-foot space into an oasis that evokes wood, trees and nature. They'll use a ten-barrel brewing system to make Belgian-, German- and American-style beers.

Soujourner's Brewing Project
925 West 8th Avenue
Planned opening: Spring

Benjamin Gettinger and Andrew Moore plan to open their brewery in a former laundromat in a high-profile spot on West 8th Avenue. Moore, who has brewed professionally at 105 West Brewing in Castle Rock, hopes to make beers with influences from unusual ingredients from around the world. The 2,400-square-foot space will hold a seven-barrel taproom and at least ten taps. It is located in the Art District on Santa Fe, just a few blocks from Renegade Brewing.

Woods Boss Brewing
2210 California Street
Planned opening: Late spring

Jordan Fink, a brewer at Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada, and business partner Chad Moore will open Woods Boss in a 1900s-era brick building in Five Points. They have a fifteen-barrel brewhouse and plans to make some big beers, including a Belgian quadrupel, a Baltic porter and a double IPA. They have said on Facebook that the brewery will be a place for community, good music, adventure-sharing and brews.


Tom's Urban Kitchen & Brewery
Denver International Airport
Planned opening: Summer

Tivoli Brewing is designing and running the beer-making side of the brewery and hamburger joint slated to open inside the Westin Hotel at Denver International Airport this spring or summer. Tivoli was part of a group of businesses that won out after a contentious bidding process for the contract. Tivoli co-owner Corey Mashall says they will use a 3.5-barrel system from Forgeworks in Ridgway and make an IPA that will only be served on airport properties. The 9,500-square-foo facility will employ students from Auraria and will prominently display Tivoli signage on the inside. It will be located just off the main concourse, where it connects to the hotel.

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