First look: Comrade Brewing welcomes you to the Party on April 26

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All photos by Jonathan Shikes
Comrade Brewing's David Lin.
With a head brewer named Marks, a red and yellow logo, and a flagship beer called DEFCON Red, it's not hard to figure out the theme at Comrade Brewing.

But owner David Lin says the references to Communism at the brewery, which will open on Saturday, April 26, at 7667 East Iliff Avenue, are all tongue in cheek.

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"There are lots of double meanings, but it is all in fun. The only thing we take seriously here is the beer," he explains. "The rest: not so much. If I really wanted to take communism seriously, I would have bought my equipment from China."

Instead, Lin is very proud of the fact that his fifteen-barrel brewhouse and his four fermentation tanks were manufactured in the United States, by JV Northwest.

That system will be used to make four year-round beers -- a coffee milk stout, a blonde, an Irish red and an IPA called Superpower -- along with a host of seasonal beers. Comrade will open with six of them on tap, but has room for twenty handles.

One of the first beers will be a Cascadia dark ale that Comrade brewed in collaboration with Kirk McHale of Thai Me Up/Melvin Brewing in Jackson, Wyoming. It will be the first in a series of beers that Comrade plans to do in conjunction with brewers.

"But since you don't usually know the name of the individual brewer who made your beer, our collaborations are going to be focused on the people, rather than the breweries where they work," Lin says. As such, each one will be named after a person.

Comrade Brewing will include a few other twists as well. For instance, the building includes five garage doors facing the shopping center parking lot where it is located in southeast Denver. All five were part of the previous auto-care businesses.

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The space itself is also very large - about 5,300 square feet, with room for 170 people -- and includes a milling room, which is a luxury for many startup breweries. And the parking lot has 700 spaces thanks to a Big Lots nearby and several other businesses.

Some of those businesses are restaurants, which means Comrade won't likely host many food trucks (aside from the one that will be there on opening day).

There are two bars, one in the main taproom, and a standing-room one in the entry way, where people will be able to show up, get growler fills, and get out.

Since Lin has worked in other breweries, including Aurora's Dry Dock, over the past eight years in a variety of positions, including brewing and sales, it was important to him to have a fluid layout and a big enough space. "I wanted to make sure we set it up properly from the beginning and had room for growth," he says.

The location, in the far southeast corner of the city limits, puts Comrade in an area where there aren't very many other craft breweries or beer bars, so it will fill a hole there.

And if the result is a packed house, that works for Lin, who says the real meaning behind Comrade is camaraderie -- between breweries and between drinkers.

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7667 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO

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whocares
whocares

maybe all these insufferable people who want to politically charge every aspect of their pathetic miserable lives will stay away, great marketing strategy comrade I'll be there

Gerard_Portmanteau
Gerard_Portmanteau

Ha, yes, no distinction between Communism and Nazism. Books, read them. They will help you not be stupid.


This doesn't even rise to the tone-deafness of that Mao place. It's obviously a gag, and a harmless one. Also, go ahead and ask the next Native American you see how gentle and welcoming the mercantile capitalists of Europe were.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

1st rule of marketing.


Don't offend people with your name.


The dumb-ass dismisses his idiocy and rationalizes the ridiculous and offensive name by stating ".... but it is all in fun."


Good luck with that, comrade.

David Sheridan
David Sheridan

I'm there. It's in the hood. Right by the Beaver Dam.

Kevin Carter
Kevin Carter

@Sean "Personally, I do not see a difference between communists nor Nazi" And that is why you are an idiot..... See you Friday!!!

Kevin Carter
Kevin Carter

I'll be there on Friday if you want a discussion!! PM me

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

They are just gonna cling to that name come hell or high water, aren't they?

But at the same time, I hope they understand why some folks (especially those of a certain age - raises hand) might be a little unsettled by that choice of moniker.

I mean, it would be like opening a place called Kristallnacht Klub and then wondering why people's undies are so bunched.

Sean Gronbeck
Sean Gronbeck

Personally, I do not see a difference between communists nor nazi, they are both evil and degenerate in my opinion. Would you go to a nazi bar?

Marcus Netters
Marcus Netters

Capitalism has killed plenty of people. But living in a capitalist country, people Sean exist

Sean Gronbeck
Sean Gronbeck

My parties do not celebrate a culture of murderous and evil dictators, nor do I try to make money off of said dictators.

GFTW
GFTW

I wonder if they got decor from Mao's.

Sean Gronbeck
Sean Gronbeck

Communism has killed over 101,000,000 people since it first started, why people think this is cute or funny have never lived in a country where repression and torture are common place. Shame on this idiot.

Sean Gronbeck
Sean Gronbeck

Communism sucks and wanna be communists hipsters suck even more.

Nate Balfour
Nate Balfour

Looking forward to checking this out. Finally a spot that I can walk to!!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@whocares  Well now Who,  for all we know you are a communist or, at the very least, a 'useful idiot'.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues  ... like the ethically myopic Jewish guy who started a bar/restaurant in Denver called -- Donkey Punch! -- at Lincoln and 11th ave.


Complete with your favorite Tijuana sex-fantasy play on words for the menu items.


He was bankrupt and out of business less than 6 months after the feminists protested outside his place ... and he still didn't get what all the fuss was about.


Was that you?



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Sean Gronbeck "I do not see a difference between communists nor nazi"


Because you're an illiterate know-nothing imbecile.

Gerard_Portmanteau
Gerard_Portmanteau

@whocares The irony of gettin' cussed out by "whocares" is pretty rad. You obviously cared enough to comment, dipshit. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  

Well ..... I'm not ethically myopic, neither am I Jewish, I have never started nor owned a restaurant, I have never been bankrupt (although I was poor a lot when I was younger), I was in the general vicinity of  11th and Lincoln today and the name "Donkey Punch" kind of reminds me of you.  I should also mention that "favorite Tijuana sex-fantasy" is likely how you were conceived.


Sooooooo ........ It might have been me.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  Speaking of not knowing much ....


Notwithstanding Mr. Gronbeck's poor grammar, I don't believe he was comparing Naziism and Communism per se.  

I took him to mean that neither is a good name for an American enterprise because both carry a negative connotation.


I know this is a bit over your head, but I thought I would try.   

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