The Bull & Bush Pub and Brewery has acquired a small bottling line and plans to start packaging some of its award-winning beer on a limited scale in mid-November. Owners Erik and Dave Peterson have been thinking about bottling their beer for years, but have held off because they were selling all the beer they could make at the pub -- and because of a belief that beer should be enjoyed fresh and as close to home as possible.
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But the brothers are in the midst of an eight-week kitchen remodel -- which means they can't serve food until mid-October -- and are expanding the brewery as well, having quadrupled its brewing capacity with the addition of new tanks last December.
Plus, says Erik, "A lot of people have asked for it, and it's difficult to say no"
The Bull & Bush will start by selling 22-ounce bomber bottles out of the restaurant, but will likely add a small number of liquor store accounts around the city, including Mile High Wine & Spirits in Lakewood. The brewery plans to bottle its flagship Man Beer, along with Legend of the Liquid Brain and some small-batch, barrel-aged beers.
Their machine will have the capability of bottling six bombers at a time, "which is pretty quick for what we'll be doing," Peterson says.
The Bull & Bush is currently in the midst of its celebrating its 41st birthday by tapping a new beer each day for 41 days. The bar and all the rooms are open, although the brewpub won't be serving food until mid-October. In the meantime, there are food trucks on hand to feed your belly.
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