Ten new Colorado breweries are rolling out this summer; here's a rundown
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.
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.
Big Choice Brewing
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.
City Star Brewing
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.
Elevation Beer Company
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.
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.
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.
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.