Ten breweries that will open in metro Denver before the Great American Beer Festival

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Kokopelli Beer Company Facebook page
Christine Wares is getting ready to open Kokopelli Beer Company.
Diebolt Brewing opened last weekend as Denver's newest small craft brewery, serving up beers and camaraderie in the Sunnyside neighborhood. The brewery plans to hold a grand opening event during the Great American Beer Festival, which returns to town October 10-12, but it will have some company by then when it comes to offering people that new-brewery smell. At least ten other beer-makers plan to open their doors in the Denver metro area by early October -- eight of them within Denver city limits.

It may be difficult to keep them all straight -- especially after you've had a few -- so here's our guide to the next wave of mile-high breweries.

See also: Great American Beer Fest changes policy to accept every brewery in 2014

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Epic Brewing
Denver

Epic Brewing, the Utah-based company that is already operating a second twenty-barrel brewery in Denver's River North neighborhood, plans to open its attached taproom at the $2 million facility on September 28, followed by several big events during GABF. Epic is already distributing most of its beers in Denver, including three new bottles that it brewed just for Colorado. The taproom will be large and have an extensive taplist.

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Factotum Brewhouse
Denver

Chris and Laura Bruns, the sister-and-brother team behind Factotum Brewhouse, want to pay their respects to home brewers by opening a brewery that uses their recipes and gives them a chance to make their beers on a much larger scale. Their spot in the Sunnyside neighborhood will include a seven-barrel system where homebrewers of all skill levels can brew a beer with help from Chris, an experienced homebrewer himself, and then have it served on tap and get customer feedback.

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Denver

Chad Yakobson has been operating the Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar from an office park since last year (and contract brewing his beers at nearby Prost and River North), but in September, the wild and sour beer expert will open his own showplace brewery inside the Source, a European-style artisan food market and retail space that is expected to open this month in the hot River North district. The new spot will give Crooked Stave a much larger and fancier taproom, an even higher profile, and its own twenty-barrel brewing system (including an unusual piece of fermenting equipment called a coolship). At that point, he will close his current barrel cellar to the public and use it just for fermentation and barrel-aging.

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Lost Highway Brewing
Denver

Named for Route 40 (otherwise known as Colfax Avenue), Lost Highway Brewing is the creation of James and Tina Pachorek, who own the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe next door, as well as two other Cheeky Monk locations and the Royal Hilltop in Aurora. Originally known as Three Saints, the place got a name change to avoid a trademark issue. When it opens, Lost Highway will serve cheese and charcuterie plates along with a wide variety of beers brewed with a seven- or ten-barrel system.

Location Info

Epic Brewing

3001 Walnut St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Factotum Brewhouse

3845 Lipan St., Denver, CO

Category: General

The Source

3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: General

Lost Highway Brewing

520 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Black Sky Brewery

490 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery

1139 20th St, Denver, CO

Category: Music

Former Future Brewing

1290 S. Broadway St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Station 26 Brewing

7045 E. 38th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Kokopelli Beer Company

8877 N. Harlan St., Westminster, CO

Category: Restaurant

Sanitas Brewing

3550 Frontier Ave., Boulder, CO

Category: General


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SteveOramA
SteveOramA

My local graphic design services are now available to any of these soon-to-be fine establishments...

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

PERFECT, just what Dumbocrats NEED to have even MORE of - 'Low Info Voters' from LOTS of Drunk/Stoned Voters !!!

Bart Rhein
Bart Rhein

When will we start staying open til 4am please!

Brad Jones
Brad Jones

Now for the state to relax rules on brewpubs and let all of them open up a kitchen and serve food!

contender
contender

Someone needs to put one in the Bluebird District.  Or how about a Trve public house in the former Rockbar??  Or how about anything in Rockbar.  Sigh.

brian.mckinnon.44
brian.mckinnon.44

Oh, and lost highway. Very excited about that brewery as well. I love "the monk", and I'm interested to see what those guys can cook up and put on tap.

brian.mckinnon.44
brian.mckinnon.44

So, this will be long winded.

I'm excited for several on the list. Black sky being the most anticipated. I have tried Kokopelli twice - once at Epic, and again at the highlands ranch beer fest. They have a very, very good stout.

My issue with Kokopelli is the push to be known as the "first woman owned brewery in Colorado" I call b.s. the owner isn't passionate about brewing, she just wants to own one. Which is fine, but this industry is about passion and creativity. Lila at Black Sky can brew, Ashley from Prost can brew, kelli Floyd from Arvada Beer Company can brew, etc, etc. These ladies are passionate about the industry and have invested time to hone the craft. Any one of them should own that title. It just seems like Kokopelli just wants the novelty of the "first woman owned brewery" recognition - without the passion behind it. I think she just has money to burn.

I can own a tampon company, and be the "first man" to own one, but that didn't mean I'm passionate about the industry. Ok, I'm done with that subject.

Their stout is awesome the E.S.B was ok, nothing special. I hope to see more creativity, not another Beer By Design.....

barrelsbottles
barrelsbottles

Hey Jonathan - great information about all the incoming breweries. We (Barrels & Bottles Brewery) will be open mid-September in Golden. 22 beers taps (5 will be our own), 24 wine taps and food. We already have 3 tap takeovers scheduled for GABF week as well.

Friendo
Friendo

Black Sky brewing looks like a complete rip off of Trve Brewing, at least from a brand perspective.

I never thought there could be too much locally brewed beer and I always will root for small businesses, but this seems a little out of control. We shall see if there are enough thirsty beer drinkers to support this many offerings. My hunch is not everyone is going to make it.

troyehall
troyehall

What about Grist and Blue Spruce opening in the fall down south (H.R. and Centennial, respectively)?

marc_bayes
marc_bayes

I've been waiting for Jagged Mnt. I think they'll give Avery a run for their money on high ABV beer.

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

@contender That real-estate is going to be too valuable to keep that building there.  It needs to be bulldozed so a nicer, mixed-use building can be built.  I agree that East Colfax is probably the next viable neighborhood for one of these buildings.

co_chies
co_chies

@brian.mckinnon.44 OMG, that is the most BS I have heard coming out of one man's mouth in a long time.  Let me tell you something Bud.  I have only known the Woman behind Kokapelli for about 4 years, but I can tell you this.  Because of their passion for Home Brewing, they conceptualized this project from the ground up and it is less then 2 years from conception to reality.  Everything she owns is on the line and she hasn't drawn a salary in 1 year.  Does that sound like she has money to burn?  It's more like the Male's behind the scene had the passion, but not the faith or the will to provide the capital. 


Don't talk smack about someone you know nothing about.  Maybe you should look at it as a matter of pride. She went through Hell to get this place off the ground and in her Mary Tyler Moore way, she is simply tossing a fact up in the air instead of a hat.  

As for that Tampon Company Dream, keep it alive because I can think of at least two places you can put them.  So Button up Butter cup!

brian.mckinnon.44
brian.mckinnon.44

. Harry and Lila are the real deal. Harry has been a professional brewer for Breckenridge for like 12 years or so. more talent than TRVE. I like TRVE, but Harry was hard core 10 years before those guys were born. you will see the awesomeness of black sky my friend. you will see!

jonathan.shikes
jonathan.shikes moderator editor

@troyehall  Thanks for the note. My understanding is that both Grist and Blue Spruce won't open until November, after GABF.

brian.mckinnon.44
brian.mckinnon.44

calm down, let me get you a fresh pad from the line. kidding. let me stop you just to say a few things.

I've enjoyed craft beer for 18 years, even before it was cool. I didn't mean to make my comment sound more like a man VS woman debate. I'm talking passion. your friend is probably a wonderful woman. I met her, she has drive and ambition. I can tell.

after taking to Ron?Rick? at epic, one of the brewers. he said they will all be partners eventually. so my comment should have been more about the way they are pushing the " first woman owned" angle. this isn't a brewery she will own by herself forever, this is a marketing tool for attention. she isn't passionate about the industry, she doesn't really drink beer! again what the brewer said.

I'm enthusiastic about another craft brewery. and her tenacity. I'm not knocking her ambition in fact I'm proud. but I don't respect a glamour marketing angle in the industry I love. if any of the woman I mentioned previously where to open a brewery, being the first " woman owned" brewery, it would be more fitting of the title -- that is all I'm suggesting.

are you a craft beer lover, or just defending your friend? I'm talking about the DISCREDIT this is giving to the hard working PASSIONATE woman who are currently brewing their way to the top. are you thinking about them? they love beer, and brewing, and have earned this title. that's what I'm saying. no disrespect to the Christine I'm just explaining my position.

I wish them well. so far I have enjoyed their beer.

so, I'm buttoning up with a peanut butter cup stout!

meanstreetsofsouthdenver
meanstreetsofsouthdenver

@brian.mckinnon.44 I like TRVE too but this is TRUTH! Harry deserves this & has paid his dues. Wishing them huge success. And he is ripping off exactly NOBODY--just being himself.

meanstreetsofsouthdenver
meanstreetsofsouthdenver

@jonathan.shikes @troyehall I walked by Lost Highway the other day when the plywood was down on the alley side--they were prepping the ground for pouring a concrete slab for what must be where the brewhouse is gonna be--so I got a peek inside, and if that place is open by GABF it will be the result of an HEROIC effort on the construction end, plus extreme cooperation by city permitting agencies. (Plus they gotta brew the beer, at least a 3 week process from grain to glass).  Not saying it won't happen, just that I'll be really impressed if it does.

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