Vine Street Pub begins construction on its new brewery, which could open this fall

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Vine Street Pub
Construction begins.
Vine Street Pub is getting ready to raise the roof on its new brewery.

But first it had to lower the floor.

"We dropped the whole thing about three feet," says Brian Hutchinson, head brewer for Vine Street. The goal is to make room for a twelve-barrel brewing system and six 24-barrel fermenters sometime this summer.

If all goes well, construction of the long-anticipated brewery -- which will go into 3,500 square feet behind the restaurant portion of the pub -- will wrap up this fall.

When it does, Vine Street will be able to brew 5,000 barrels of beer a year (at capacity), about 50 percent more than its sister locations, Boulder's Mountain Sun and Southern Sun pubs, can do combined.

"Every time you build a pub, you learn a bunch," says Paul Nashak, managing partner for the company that owns all three places. "At Mountain Sun and Southern Sun, we didn't leave enough room for expansion. At this one, we are thinking big."

So big, in fact, that Nashak and company may decide to open another Denver-area pub or two down the road, so that they have a place to sell the beer they make.

Once the system is up and running, Vine Street will primarily brew the company's eight best-selling beers (which make up 75 percent of their sales), while Mountain Sun and Southern Sun will focus on small-batch beers; the company makes a staggering 55 to 65 different beers a year, with twenty on tap at each establishment at a time.

In the meantime, Vine Street is now offering lunch every day except for Monday, and Nashak says business has been going well since that meal was introduced a few weeks ago.

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Location Info

Vine Street Pub & (Brewery)

1700 Vine St., Denver, CO

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Guest
Guest

I've just used checks there for years. Works for me. Their food prices are better than most places, I think. But the $4.50 pints aren't that spectacular of a deal. The ones I want are never on "happy hour" price, so for me their happy hour isn't any cheaper than other places. I still love the place though!

TheService
TheService

Cash only businesses are shady!! Pay your fare share of taxes like everyone else.

Lala
Lala

Yeah, a decent place. BUT the parking situation is atrocious!

Justinianch
Justinianch

I for one would prefer that VSP/MSP took credit cards. I never carry cash and then I have to take it out in multiples of $20s, which means that I have to take out more than I need. I'd rather be able to pay the exact amount of the bill via my debit card.

It's not going to stop me from going there.

I'd even pay a $1 credit card surcharge to be able to use my debit card.

Fletch
Fletch

I'm really happy the VSP has taken a traditionally tough location and made it work. Great patios, affordable food and tasty beers. Awesome that you won't be there Peter, you sound like a prick. Would you prefer that they set a limit on how much a person can spend there each night in order to "enforce" fiscal prudence? If they don't want to accept cc's, that's their own choice. And if it keeps grumps like you out? All the better!

Peter
Peter

The restaurant claims that not taking credit cards allows them to pass on the savings to the customer. The beer or food there is not cheaper there than anywhere else in town plus they make money by keeping the ATM on location. Beware of any place which has an ATM at its location and sells alcohol; they talk fiscal prudence but practice against it (check out queue of drunk kids taking money out of that ATM on weekend nights, probably overdrafting at times). Fortunately, this is Colorado and I am not missing on any of their beers since there are many other tastier micro brews to be found. Until they remove the ATM and start accepting credit cards; they are not seeing me anytime soon!

Franklin
Franklin

Vine Street pubs allows customers to mail in a check later. They even provide a SASE.

Peter
Peter

Access to cash when you are drunk can cause many problems. It is similar to the situations where they avoid making marijuana popular and card kids for tobacco purchase; the more proximity you have to a vice the more possibility there is for a young mind to get afflicted. And cash only businesses can avoid paying on taxes which will come to bite us tax payers but you don't need to worry; you seem someone like on welfare. Be happy that a prick like me is subsidizing your life style!

The Spleen
The Spleen

That's just fine with me: stay out of my watering hole, douchebag.

Andrew
Andrew

Good! More delicious food and beer for me...lol.

Middkid
Middkid

Peter, Is this really the reason why you wont try one of the best pubs in town? It doesn't take much thought to plan ahead and put some cash in your wallet. A meal for two at the pubs (with beer included) will typically not exceed $50. I challenge you to name any place in town with better food, atmosphere and beer at this price. Furthermore, whats the difference between overdrafting at the ATM and overdrafting at the bar???

As a college student, the pub's 'cash only' policy prevents me from buying more drinks compared to if I have a running tab. Having a bartender swipe my card when I'm drunk is much more economically dangerous than if I have to go out to the ATM, enter my pin, and grab physical cash. Believe me, the fee (even though its only $1) can save you a ton of money.

Much of America's economic recession is due to the high usage of credit cars because they make it so easy to over-consume. Sadly, for years now this has been a fact, but credit card corporations continue to trick Americans like yourself into thinking that "swipe" spending is good for the economy. We live in a capitalist society. Do you really think these credit card companies are more concerned about the national economy or American individual over-spending issues? After all, penalizing people for overspending is how credit cards make money. Yet with some of the largest advertising campaigns in the world, credit card corporations continue to promote overspending by creating a product that makes it easier to spend money.

So if I were you, here's what I'd do. 1. Read a newspaper once in a while. 2. Take an econ refresher course. 3. Pass the course. 4. Go celebrate at the Vine Street Pub where you'll find no corporate BS, but rather great food, genuine people, awesome music, and excellent beer!!

Mantonat
Mantonat

Here's a tip from someone financially smarter than me: take out a set amount of cash at the beginning of the month. Don't use your debit card or credit card for entertainment or food, just use the cash. This has saved me a ton of money because I am more selective with my going-out money and as a bonus I don't have to worry about paying ATM fees or avoiding cash-only businesses. Last time I checked, most of those tasty street vendors and farmer's market stands also only take cash.

Mantonat
Mantonat

Sounds like you have impulse control issues.

Fletch
Fletch

So you say that easy access to cash is dangerous, but you would prefer to have easier access to credit at the VSP? You claim going over to an ATM and paying a fee for a specific amount of cash is easier than slapping plastic down for however many beers/burgers your heart desires? And you claim that the VSP is a tax evader? Not only are you a prick, but you're a moron too! And for the record, I work full time as a financial consultant, can afford to enjoy the lovely VSP.

Peter
Peter

"Much of America's economic recession is due to the high usage of credit cards" and I need to read a newspaper? I hope you are not an economics teacher somewhere. And ATM fee is $1 on this side. How about what the debit card bank charges for non-bank ATM machine use? It is an old saying pal "when you don't know what a dog is; don't say it is a cat. Because what that means is you don't know what a cat is AND you don't know what a cat is." And seeing the comments here specked with terms like prick, douchebag, grump only validate my decision to avoid this place - besides the place, its patrons are off the wall as well; most can't even have a civil conversation. Enjoy your beer, there is plenty of it to go around in Denver at plenty of better-than-VSP places!

Evan
Evan

First of all you are missing out on great beers. Their rotation of various different styles of small batch beers is fantastic and allows their customers to have many different styles in one sitting. Their customer service is also unmatched, and I'm sorry for anyone who can't control their expenses, but I don't see how that is the restaurants fault.

Middkid
Middkid

With your lack of knowledge of what "good" beer is and your strong advocacy for impulse buying "I hope" that I'm not arguing with a 16 year old girl who just received her first credit card. Your response completely ignored my primary point. Being drunk creates impulsiveness in the human body. Credit cards are tools of impulsive buying. Credit cards in a bar........do I really need to draw that connection for you?

You're being called names because your flagrant display of ignorance. The pubs have some of the biggest beer selections around. On Tap. Not to mention a handful of these beers are award-winning.

Go buy yourself a 110 calorie Coors Light honey.

P.S. If you even want try to not make yourself look like an total idiot, you should make sure that your quotes are typed correctly.

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