Casey Brewing & Blending Opening Second Tasting Room Location
One of the country’s most prolific sour ale producers, Casey Brewing and Blending is about to become a little more accessible. The Colorado-based brewery announced yesterday via social media, that it will be opening up a second tasting room location in downtown Glenwood Springs, just six miles from its current facility.
Slated to open mid-summer pending construction and permitting, Casey Brewing and Blending’s downtown location will be housed at 711 Grand Ave, which previously housed a cajun restaurant. The new facility will afford fans the opportunity to visit Casey more frequently, as its current model requires visitors to book tours on either the first or third weekends of the month. Founder and brewmaster, Troy Casey notes, the decision to open a second location allows many more opportunities for the ever-evolving brewery.
“Last summer I picked up a few 7 bbl fermenters with the hopes of making beers like IPA and stouts, but having such a weird business model of only being open a few times a month wouldn’t allow for that,” said Casey. “I knew we had to find a space that would allow us to showcase not only our sour beer, but our new traditional beers as well in a comfortable space where parking wouldn’t be a serious problem. We’ve found that with our new location.”
The downtown Glenwood location will house 18 draft lines with four lines dedicated to sour projects.The other 14 lines will showcase some of those aforementioned clean beers including the likes IPAs and stouts. “We’ve got an IPA fermenting with 100% Nelson Sauvin hops and an imperial stout we brewed in collaboration with Mikerphone Brewing that has one pound of Madagascar vanilla beans per barrel,” explained Casey. “We’ve got some great friends in the industry that are selling us a bit of their choice hop varieties that are really hard to find. We plan to make some flavorful IPA with these most of the time and focus on big stouts in the off seasons. Then we’ll supplement the beers we make ourselves with those from our friends throughout the state, beers that are hard to find or even nonexistent in our valley.”
While the current trend of brewery expansions involved secondary locations in different parts of state or in other states entirely, for Casey, Glenwood Springs was the only option. “It was always going to be Glenwood. It’s the home town of our business, and we saw a need for something like what we’re planning in the downtown area. There are some amazing restaurants downtown, including Glenwood Canyon Brewpub, who we love, but we still see space for what we want to bring to the downtown area.”