Ten new Colorado breweries are rolling out this summer; here's a rundown

Categories: Beer Man

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Elevation Brewing Facebook page
Elevation Brewing's ribbon cutting in Poncha Springs.
Update: Make that eleven and counting. Read this post throughout to find other updates on each brewery.

The gang's all beer in Colorado these days, with at least ten -- count 'em, ten -- brewpubs slated to start pouring before the end of summer. Two opened north of town in early May: Big Choice in Broomfield and City Star in Berthoud, following closely on the heels of Frederick's Echo Brewing. There are currently 141 licensed craft breweries in Colorado, pumping $446 million a year into the state economy, and another seventy-plus in the planning stages. Here's a rundown of which ones you'll be seeing soon, along with the names and location of a few breweries that are in planning for late in 2012 or 2013.

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Echo Brewing
Frederick
April 14

Award-winning home brewers and twin brothers, Daniel and Dennis Richards, opened Echo Brewing a few weeks ago in the bedroom community of Frederick. The brothers had both been engineers at IBM until one of them got laid off in 2009 and they decided to follow their dream of owning a brewery and taproom. Echo will serve a variety of beer styles and currently has an ESB, a Kölsch, an IPA, an Irish Red and a Milk Stout on tap.

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Big Choice Brewing
Broomfield
May 4

Boulder County boys Tyler Ruse and Nathaniel Miller hope to fill the craft-beer gap in the Highway 36 corridor with Big Choice, a 2,500-square-foot tasting room and brewery with eight beers on tap and a late-'80s/early-'90s music, movies and skateboarding theme. The brewery will hold a grand opening celebration May 4, 5 and 6, complete with free food, happy hour specials and even a bouncy castle for the kids.

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City Star Brewing
Berthoud
May 5

City Star Brewing opened in Berthoud in the historic City Star Building, a former livery stable and one of the oldest structures in town; it was purchased by brewery owners Dan and Rudi Taylor in 2011. They opened with six beers on tap and plan to produce five mainstay beers, including Cowboy's Double Golden, 6 Shooter IPA and Bandit Brown, as well as several seasonals.

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Elevation Beer Company
Poncha Springs
May 19

Update: Now open. Elevation Brewing will hold a grand opening party on May 19 during American Craft Beer Week and immediately begin selling bottled beer in Chaffee, Summit and Lake counties. But the brewery, which specializes in barrel-aged beers, will have eight brews on tap as well and plans to distribute statewide; its first is Apis IV, a Belgian-style quadrupe made with carmelized honey. The grand opening party will feature live music from Trout Steak Revival and Jonah Werner. Elevation runs a fifteen-barrel brewing system in its 7,400-square-foot taproom and brewery.

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Hogshead Brewery
Denver

Update: Opened in July. Hogshead Brewery, serving English-style beers and cask ales will open in a renovated service station near Sloan's Lake. The four owners, all beer lovers, have been using a one-barrel brewing system to tests their recipes for the past year, but will start with a ten-barrel brewing system built in Colorado. There will be at least four beers on tap at all times, including Chin Wag, Lake Lightening and Gilpin Black Gold.

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TRVE Brewing
Denver

Update: Opened. Nick Nunns will open what he calls a "dive mead bar" in the long thin space formerly occupied by the Rule Gallery on Broadway. TRVE (pronounced "true") will have a three-barrel brewing system, a bar that seats about forty people, and a signature thirty-foot-long communal table running through the tasting room. And he plans to make unusual beers that match his taste in music: black metal.

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Bootstrap Brewing
Niwot
June

Update: Opened June 20. Bootstrap Brewing is completing its work inside and getting ready for a June opening. Owners Steve and Leslie Kaczeus live in Niwot and have been planning to open a brewery there for four years. Bootstrap features a copper brewhouse and a tasting room featuring a wide variety of beer styles.

Location Info

Echo Brewing

5969 Iris Parkway, Firestone, CO

Category: Restaurant

Big Choice Brewing

7270 W. 118th Place, Broomfield, CO

Category: General

Elevation Beer Co.

115 Pahlone, Poncha Springs, CO

Category: General

Hogshead Brewery

4430 W. 29th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

TRVE Brewing

227 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

Bootstrap Brewing

6778 N. 79th St., Niwot, CO

Category: General

Prost Brewing

2540 19th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Black Shirt Brewing

3719 Walnut St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Black Bottle Brewery

1605 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO

Category: Restaurant

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12 comments
boardbitch
boardbitch

Jagged Mountain craft brewery opens in October!!

Laura Pyle
Laura Pyle

Wish someone would open one in Evergreen!

BoulderAleTrails
BoulderAleTrails

Nice / useful post.Pending Boulder County breweries including:- Gravity Brewing Co.- Twelve Degree Brewing Co.both in Louisville, both slated for 2012.

Mantonat
Mantonat

Speaking of Colorado beers, isn't there some kind of Colorado beer appreciation festivities starting today? Seems like you guys are normally all over this.

Dave Butler
Dave Butler

There is also High Hops Brewery in Windsor planning to open this summer as well.

An existing brewery in Greeley, Crabtree Brewing, is planning to move their facility in its entirety to a more central location in Greeley starting with their tap room in late July and then the rest of their operation by mid-2013.

jonathan_shikes
jonathan_shikes

That is great news for Crabtree. They are really making a name for themselves.

Broke4Beer
Broke4Beer

Prost Brewing is not going to "brew and serve only lighter German-style beer."  In fact, Dunkel *means* "dark."  They are primarily going to be serving lagers (along with an ale, like his award winning hefe, which is a beer of legends), but there are many different styles of lager, including pilsner, dopplebock (a big alcohol, malty german lager), oktoberfest marzen, and other beers nearly lost to antiquity.  Bill Eye has said that craft lagers are the next big thing in American beers, and I hope he is right.  He brings with him an incredible store of history about German beer and brewing techniques, and right down to his genuine German brewery equipment, he is going to be making an authentically German product, brewed in the good ol' US of A!

jonathan_shikes
jonathan_shikes

Thanks for the comments, Broke4Beer. By "lighter," I mean in comparison to the heavier stouts, IPAs and other big ales that get most of the attention these days.

egorski
egorski

Thanks for the list, Jonathan. Is Hogshead really that close? Drove by a week or two ago and it still looked like a service station.  

jonathan_shikes
jonathan_shikes

That's what I was told, but perhaps it's just wishful thinking. I know the neighbors around there can't wait.

offdisc
offdisc

I talked to Mike last week, and he said May 25 --- with a bit of hesitation. The brewery setup is in place, but the bar/seating area is being constructed. The outside renovations have also begun (new door & windows). 

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