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Ten Suburban Denver Breweries That Plan to Open in 2020

Ten Suburban Denver Breweries That Plan to Open in 2020
Barquentine Brewing
Brewery openings in Denver will slow down significantly in Denver in 2020 as compared to previous years, but the city's vibrant suburbs will continue to welcome new beer makers into growing neighborhoods. And it looks like the new crop will be in a wide variety of geographic locations and with some interesting themes.

Of course, some may be pushed into 2021 — or not happen at all — and there will be other brewery openings that take place that aren't on the list. But all in all, it's good new for the ’burbs.

Here they are, in alphabetical order:

click to enlarge BARQUENTINE BREWING
Barquentine Brewing
Barquentine Brewing
5505 West 20th Avenue, Edgewater
Opening: Spring 2020

A family-run brewery located inside the newly opened Edgewater Public Market, Barquentine is "inspired by the beers of Belgium and the sailing ships, called barquentines, that brought Old World brewers their provisions," the brewery says. "Our taproom will be a comfortable place where every person can feel accepted and appreciated." In addition to hanging out in the taproom, customers will be able to take their beers with them to any of the wide variety of food stalls inside the food hall or up to the rooftop patio.


click to enlarge BARRELS & BOTTLES BREWERY
Barrels & Bottles Brewery
Barrels & Bottles Brewery
1055 Orchard Street, Golden
Opening: Late winter 2020

Zach and Abby George opened Barrels & Bottles Brewery, a restaurant and brewpub, in downtown Golden in 2013. And the laid-back, good-time spot had become a locals' favorite — so much so that the couple expanded production into a rented 5,000-square-foot warehouse at 1055 Orchard Street. Then, late last year, they decided to buy the warehouse and open a second brewpub. The new location, complete with a large patio, will serve food and will brew most of the beer on a new seven-barrel system.

click to enlarge ANTHEM BRANDING
Anthem Branding
Comet Brews
5642 South Sycamore Street, Littleton
Opening: Summer 2020

The founding family of Comet Brews, led by Brian Wilke, are renovating the historic Comet Press print shop in downtown Littleton into a brewery that will serve "limited release, small-batch beers that reflect an organic and deliberate approach to brewing." It will be designed to have a vintage, old-timey feel. Comet's beers will be named after family members, including Brian, Lisa, Tom, Joyce, Leslie and Karen.

Conifer Brewhouse
30403 Kings Valley Drive, Conifer
Opening: Summer 2020

Conifer Brewhouse, located in a small shopping center off Highway 285, will serve "diverse eats, good clean family fun, and of course housemade craft beer," according to its Facebook page. The brewery, restaurant and coffee shop will add another beer maker to this under-breweried corridor of the state.

The Riverwalk complex in Castle Rock. - GREAT DIVIDE BREWING
The Riverwalk complex in Castle Rock.
Great Divide Brewing
Great Divide Brewing
115 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock
Opening: Spring 2020

Great Divide Brewing is teaming up with the Denver-based Roadhouse Hospitality Group to open an 8,000-square-foot brewpub inside the Riverwalk development, currently under construction in Castle Rock. The Great Divide Brewery & Roadhouse will feature a five-barrel brewing system making Castle Rock-specific beers. Although Roadhouse, which operates Spanky's Roadhouse near the University of Denver and ten other restaurants, will actually lease the space and own the brewhouse, it will be operated by Great Divide.

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