Brewery Rickoli opens today as Wheat Ridge's only beer maker

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Rick Abitbol, a longtime Denver-area brewer, will open his own place in Wheat Ridge today at 4 p.m., pouring a lineup of big beers with a low gluten content.

Brewery Rickoli will be the suburb's first brewery (though not its only one, once Colorado + Liquid Art Works opens next year). "Every neighborhood needs its own brewery and our primary focus is to be the neighborhood watering hole," Abitbol says.

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Abitbol, who spent eight years at Rock Bottom's south Denver location as well as some time at Renegade Brewing in Denver and elsewhere, will have five beers on tap today: Social Lubricant Scotch Ale; Hearty Rye Stout, Black Pliny Black IPA; Totally Eye-P-A and Aldo Red, a cross between an altbier and an Irish Red.

"Everybody is brewing all these funky beers, but for me, I drink half a glass and say, okay that was cool. But give me a solid IPA or a scotch ale that I can have one after another," he explains. "We want to brew beers that you can sit down and have a few."

He's got several more in the works, including a double IPA, a cream ale, a barleywine and an amber hefeweizen, in addition to what he calls an "ongoing palate project," in which he will brew the same beer each month, a pale ale, but with a different hop variety each time. "I'm going to introduce beer geeks to a single-hop beer style."

The brewery and tap room, which has 49 seats, is a longtime dream come true for Abitbol, who was able to pull the whole thing off for under $80,000. He is currently using a tiny, half-barrel brewing system, but can expand if things go well.

As for the gluten-reduced angle, Abitbol says he is using a special agent from yeast developer White Labs that binds to gluten and drops it out of the beer. His brews are all made with barley as opposed to sorghum, like gluten-free beers, but should be more tolerable to people with celiac disease, Abitbol says.

"I'm brewing for flavor and impact, and the flavor is not affected," he says.


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Location Info

Brewery Rickoli

4335 Wadsworth Blvd., Wheat Ridge, CO

Category: Restaurant

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ckirch21
ckirch21

So, Black Pliny Black IPA is going to stick? Think somebody with two r's in their name may have something to say about that or maybe just shooting for a "Collaboration Not Litigation"?

chipperdave
chipperdave

I find it hard to believe that a new brewery (even a nano) would start off with just a 1/2 barrel brewing system. If his beer is good, he'll be needing to expand right away to keep up with demand.  Looking at small breweries like City Star in Berthoud, CO - they started out with a 3 barrel brewhouse and I thought they were going to run out of beer too quick. Within a couple of months they were doubling up on brew schedules and looking to get a bigger brew kettle.  It's OK to start small, but a 1/2 barrel system is practically a large homebrew system. Hope they can keep up with demand.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

Anyone know the hours?  I can't find anything on their website.  I know it opens at 4 today, but that's all I got.

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