Ten breweries that will open in metro Denver before the Great American Beer Festival
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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.
Lost Highway Brewing
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.