A new brewery will pour Denver's Tivoli beer for the first time since 1969
It's not the same recipe, but it's close -- and that's all that mattered to an old beer drinker who tried out a new version of one of Denver's most historic brews: Tivoli. "His face was ear-to-ear smiles. He kept saying, 'This is it, this is it,'" says Corey Marshall, who will pour Tivoli beer today for first time since the original company stopped brewing in 1969.
The Marshalls sampling Tivoli at Prost Brewing.
Over the past year, Marshall and his wife, Debbie, have been acquiring the rights to the biggest beer names and trademarks from Denver's 153-year brewing past. In addition to Tivoli, they own the rights to Zang's, Sigi's, Neef's and Hi En Brau. Their goal is to brew some or all of these beers using close approximations of the original recipes.
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"It's hard to duplicate them because a lot of the ingredients aren't available anymore and because beer recipes do change and evolve," Marshall says. "Nobody's beer is the same today as it was twenty years ago, whether its Miller or Bud or Coors Light or whatever. So what we are going to do is stick to the original characteristics of those beers -- all of them were traditional German beers -- at the time they were originally produced."
The recipe for Tivoli had to be reworked.
The first is Tivoli, a 5.1 percent ABV "helles" that Marshall re-created with the help of Bill Eye, an expert in German-style lagers and the head brewer at Prost Brewing, which opened this month in the Lower Highland neighborhood. Prost also specializes in German lagers; its owners use a massive forty-year-old copper brewing system that they bought from a brewery in Bamberg, Germany and shipped to the U.S. this year.
"I want to bring back something that this culture lost," Marshall says. "And I think people will want to drink it. There are those who know the history or have been in touch with it, either through their own families here in Colorado or because they like the story. And there are those who don't know the history yet but who will find it fascinating."
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