Twin Hops Brewing hopes to succeed where others failed: with a Kickstarter campaign

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The would-be owners of another new Denver brewery, Twin Hops, launched a Kickstarter campaign last Saturday with a party at the Denver Bicycle Cafe, a coffee shop/taproom/bike shop that has become a big supporter of small local breweries. TwinHops Brewing is the brainchild of three brothers -- Brad, Scott and Rick Burton (Brad and Scott are identical twins) -- and they want to raise $20,000 in thirty days to help open their brewery.

The Kickstarter path has proven unsuccessful for other wannabe brewers in Colorado, where there are already around 160 beer makers in existence. Black Shirt Brewing, which will open this August, tried it last fall. So did Grand Lake Brewing, which wanted to expand its operations last spring, and Alpine Dog, a brewery in planning, which only raised about 10 percent of its $40,000 goal in February.

So far, the TwinHops campaign has raised just over $1,500 in donations, but the brothers plan to open their brewery whether they reach their goal or not.

"Right now, we have six beers fully developed," says Rick. "Bad Medicine Oatmeal Stout, Salinger Rye IPA, Golden Spike Pale Ale, Scantily Clad Blonde, Smoked Green Chile Porter and a yet-to-be named IPA. We'll probably have a seven-barrel brewhouse and we'll definitely do a tap room."

The brothers are still searching for a location, but say they hope to open Twin Hops in the first quarter of 2013. Visit their Kickstarter and Facebook pages for updates.

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