head brewer Andy Brown, who is credited with updating the beer recipes at Colorado's oldest brewpub to fit the modern craft-beer market, said this week that he is leaving the job after six and a half years.
Mike Hall, the head brewer at Phantom Canyon Brewing in Colorado Springs, will take over on an interim basis. Both Wynkoop and Phantom Canyon are run by Breckenridge-Wynkoop Holdings, which also owns Breckenridge Brewery, Session Kitchen and other restaurants.
"I enjoyed working with some of the original Wynkoop guys and with (former Wynkoop marketing expert) Marty Jones," Brown says. "We blew up the beer program here, and I'm proud of what we achieved."
Although Brown isn't ready to divulge his plans for the near future, he says he's working toward owning his own business. And Hall will keep things running smoothly at the Wynkoop, Brown adds, working alongside the brewpub's two other brewers, Bess Dougherty and Greg Moore.
Brown, who moved to Colorado in 1997 from Maine, worked at Oskar Blues (with Hall and Jones) and Left Hand Brewing before taking the Wynkoop job. He also spent time at Boulder Beer Company.
He's responsible for creating three of the Wynkoop's biggest sellers: Mile High Pale Ale, Belgorado and Colorojo, all of which are now canned. "Those were game changers for the lineup here," he says.
Brown's last day is Friday, although he will continue to assist the Wynkoop for another month or so and will help with the annual Parade of Darks festival, which takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. on December 6 at the Bindery on Blake.
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