A dozen new breweries on tap for the Denver Metro area by spring 2013
Opening: March 2013
Harry Smith, who has been making beer for Breckenridge Brewery for eleven years, and his wife, Lila Mackey, will open Black Sky Brewery at 490 Santa Fe Drive, just a block from Breckenridge. The heavy metal-themed brewpub will feature thin-crust, "New Haven-style" pizza and beers from a variety of local breweries, in addition to Smith's own creations. Smith and Mackey hope to eventually add an outdoor beer garden as well. They also have plans to have art, music and brewing lessons at the brewery, which is in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe, as well as tastings with Cicerones and other beer experts.
The Brew on Broadway
Opening: January 2013 (tentative)
After working with Englewood's planning and zoning department for several months, Paul and Suzanne Webster finally got the go-ahead in August to move forward with their combination nanobrewery and coffee shop, nicknamed the BOB, at 3445 South Broadway. The Englewood residents plan to create a place with a cozy feel, and say they won't ever brew more than 2,400 barrels in a year.
Kokopelli Beer Company
8877 Harlan Street
Opening: Late 2012
Kokopelli Beer Company will feature six beers and two seasonals when it opens, according to owner Christine Wares, who also hopes to have a food element at this Westminster brewery. In September, Wares secured a ten-barrel brewhouse from a brewery in Pennsylvania, an upgrade from the seven-barrel system she'd been seeking.
Colorado + Liquid Art Works
Opening: Late January/early February 2013 (tentative)
Located at 6995 West 38th Avenue in the former home of Valente's, a classic red sauce joint that closed in 2008 after 44 years, Colorado + will operate its own one-barrel nanobrewery, but it will primarily serve as a serious craft-beer bar, with 56 Colorado beers on tap (and some bottles from other states or other countries). Owner/manager Eugene Khang (the former owner of Vern's Liquor Store) has hired Adam Draeger, the fulltime brewmaster at the Yak & Yeti in Arvada, to run the brewery portion of Colorado +. Draeger, who will continue at the Yak, says he be responsible for keeping four of the taps stocked with Colorado + beers and will "focus on Bigger, Bitter, Belgian and Buggier (aka: sour) beers to fill in voids of the other 52 great Colorado beers we'll have on tap."
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