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Cerebral Brewing Aurora Taproom Announces Opening WeekendMarch 20, 2023 | Tristan Chan
Over the last decade, the greater Denver beer scene has coalesced around a growing number of distinct brewery neighborhoods as part of its national identity. Vibrant areas like the River North Art District, South Broadway, and Tennyson Street have flourished to become destinations for droves of beer fanatics near and far.
Now after a flurry of recent openings from the likes of Second Dawn Brewing, Denver Beer Co. Lowry, the upcoming opening of Cerebral Brewing’s Aurora taproom and more on the horizon like 4 Noses’ Park Hill location, which have all joined early pioneers like Fiction Beer Company, Lady Justice Brewing, Cheluna Brewing, the Aurora stretch of East Coflax is quickly becoming a can’t miss brewery neighborhood as well.
Crafting History | de Garde BrewingMarch 20, 2023 | Eric Griffin
As the world of craft beer continually shifts and adapts with the times, consumers are ever-changing as well. Crafting History is a series that seeks to take a closer look at some of the impact factors that have had a lasting influence on the industry; certain breweries, historic venues, and even individual beers have changed the way craft beer enthusiasts view and taste beer now. This series will serve to both educate and remind the community just what (or who) it was that was rewriting the script without even realizing it. It’s at de Garde Brewing in Tillamook, OR, where we will start things off.
Second Dawn Brewing Opens in Aurora with a Focus on Inclusion & InnovationFebruary 17, 2023 | Tristan Chan 1
After debuting in 2017, New Belgium Brewing’s Voodoo Ranger series managed to accomplish the unthinkable by overtaking industry icon, Fat Tire Amber Ale as the pioneer brewery’s leading brand.
Haykin Family Ciders Elevates ApplesFebruary 10, 2023 | Scott Grossman
In the rapidly-expanding cider market, Denver’s Haykin Family Ciders offers a fresh take on the beverage with its unique philosophy and focus. Haykin, owned by husband and wife Daniel and Talia Haykin, puts a premium on using boutique apples to make premium ciders that compete for space on the menus of prestigious restaurants.
Barrel Room Spotlight | The Eighth State Brewing CompanyFebruary 7, 2023 | Eric Griffin
The Eighth State enters the Spotlight as one of the most unique breweries featured in this series so far. We spoke with head brewer and co-founder Cameron Owen to learn more—not only about the barrel program they’re running, but also to gain more insight on the mindset at The Eighth State as a whole. Departing from the traditional brewery model, Owen and The Eighth State transcend what we think about beer. It’s a lifestyle project run on passion and creativity, and it’s a mentality that has led to the development of some of the most exciting beers in the industry.
Barrel Room Spotlight | Phase Three BrewingJanuary 12, 2023 | Eric Griffin
The first brewery cast in the Spotlight in 2023, Phase Three Brewing is a welcomed addition to this growing series. A culmination of three phases of built relationships, experience and passion, the story behind this young brewery never ceases to garner continued support. We had the opportunity to speak with Shaun Berns, co-founder and Head Brewer at Phase Three, to not only learn more about his passion project as a whole but to hear specifically about their impressive barrel program that has people across the country talking.
Go Brewing Opens Taproom Focused on Non-Alcoholic BeerDecember 30, 2022 | Rachel Morrison
There’s a new brewery in Naperville, Illinois! Go Brewing offers non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beers, exclusively. It recently took over the former Two Fools Cider space nearby Solemn Oath Brewery. As one of the few taprooms solely focused on non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beers, the taproom provides a space for people to gather without alcohol. Go Brewing’s founder, Joe Chura, was inspired to start the brewery after taking a sabbatical and participating in the seventy-five hard. During that time, he realized there were so few places not centered around drinking. The taproom offers non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beers in a variety of styles, along with an extensive list of programming, providing their community with even more reasons to come together.
Barrel Room Spotlight | WeldWerks BrewingDecember 29, 2022 | Eric Griffin
After an extended Holiday Hiatus, the Spotlight is back and featuring a true powerhouse from the Rockies: WeldWerks Brewing. From humble beginnings in a Colorado garage in 2009 to a friendly wager at the 2014 Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival, Neil Fisher and WeldWerks Brewery finally made its long-awaited debut in 2015 in Greeley, CO.
Seventh Son Reborn | One Brewery’s Unusual Strategy for ExpansionDecember 14, 2022 | David Nilsen
Seventh Son Brewing opened in the historic Italian Village neighborhood of Columbus, OH, in April 2013. Their beer was good and their taproom was friendly and inviting—obvious prerequisites for success—and they set about doing what many other breweries around the country had done before them and have done since: offering classic American craft styles in a communal, social atmosphere.
PREVIEW | Danico Brewing Opens Near Denver International AirportDecember 9, 2022 | Tristan Chan
It might feel a bit out of place walking into a new Colorado craft brewery to discover Bud Light on draft. But for Danico Brewing owners, Nikki Harwood and Dave Lotierzo, it not only speaks to their desire to create options for more traditional beer drinkers but also nods to their unconventional career paths that began at Anheuser-Busch.
Barrel Room Spotlight | Horus Aged AlesNovember 30, 2022 | Eric Griffin
Welcome to Round 3 of the Spotlight! For this installment all eyes are on Horus Aged Ales, a one-man operation out of Oceanside, CA. Kyle Harrop, the mastermind behind Horus, originally established himself in 2015. From there, he progressed it from a humble homebrew operation into what it has become today. Through experimental barrel-aging, unique adjunct additions, and countless collaborations with breweries all over the country, Horus has been able to stand out in one of the most competitive beer regions in the United States. We had the opportunity to pick Kyle’s brain and learn more about the methods and techniques he uses, and gain some further insight into what makes his barrel program successful.
FIRST LOOK | Public Offering Brewing Opening on South BroadwayNovember 18, 2022 | Tristan Chan
As a resident of West Wash Park for the past 16 years, Cody Higginbottom feels a deep kinship with his neighborhood. But that communal bond will be further deepened today when he officially opens Public Offering Brewing at 1736 South Broadway.
Barrel Room Spotlight | Mortalis BrewingNovember 16, 2022 | Eric Griffin
Entering the Barrel Room Spotlight for round two is another young but quickly-growing brewery out of Avon, New York. Since opening their doors in 2018, Mortalis Brewing has striven to create a portfolio of beers that both utilize the finest ingredients and break the mold to stand out in a competitive market. Beyond that, they want their beers to be enjoyed in a relaxed environment that promotes memorable and heartfelt human connection. Through this unpretentious and admirable formula, Mortalis has also succeeded in establishing a strong program of barrel-aged beers. We had the opportunity to speak with Paul Grenier, one of the co-owners of Mortalis Brewing, and really get a “behind-the-scenes” look at the inner workings of their barrel room.
Barrel Room Spotlight | Pulpit Rock BrewingNovember 2, 2022 | Eric Griffin
While many breweries may claim it to be unspoken, there has undoubtedly been good-spirited competition across the country when it comes to the realm of barrel-aging. Whether it be the value placed on selected barrels versus adjuncts, formulas for length of aging time to establish a specific finishing gravity, tweaking the interplay of base malt and barrel, or the variation of countless other factors throughout the process, every brewery has their own way of creating a product that is both unique and marketable.
Denver’s Sunroom Brewing Celebrates Grand OpeningOctober 12, 2022 | Scott Grossman
Sunroom Brewing celebrated its grand opening on Sept. 30 as one of the Denver-area’s newest breweries. Located directly behind one of Englewood’s more intimate concert venues, The Gothic Theater, the family-run brewery serves up a range of beer styles in an airy taproom with a large enclosed patio. Read More
Brewery Showcase | Tree House Brewing Sandwich, MASeptember 15, 2022 | Rachel Morrison
If you like beer even a little bit, you’ve heard of Tree House Brewing. And you haven’t just heard the name, you’ve heard of it in an extreme sense. Maybe two of your co-workers drove cross country to “secure the bag.” Or perhaps your upstairs neighbors graciously gifted you a case after a week of cat sitting. So while you may have been fortunate enough to try Tree House before, you’d never visited any of their brewery locations, until now.
Brewery Showcase | Cellarest Beer ProjectSeptember 13, 2022 | Eeva Sharp
Cellarest Beer Project in Asheville, North Carolina, is the brainchild of Harrison Fahrer and Mark Goodwin. The brewery derives its name and logo from the practice of resting or fermenting all its beers in wood.
First Look | FlyteCo Tower Lifts Off at Iconic Aviation LandmarkAugust 19, 2022 | Britt Antley
Today is National Aviation Day, and let us honor the spirit of Orville Wright by checking out the newly opened FlyteCo Tower, a brewery and location that both pay homage to aviation’s history. Located inside the former air traffic control tower of the shuttered Stapleton International Airport, FlyteCo Tower is a sprawling 25,000 sq ft facility consisting of a taproom with multiple bars and full liquor service, a 2.5 bbl pilot brewery, a full kitchen, 6 bowling lanes, an 18 hole mini golf course, a full arcade, and space to host rotating exhibits from the local Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.
AleBlazers Series | Q&A with Japas CervejariaAugust 18, 2022 | Emma Wargolet
Japas Cervejaria is a brewery that has been around for seven years, and is now taking America by storm with a series of special events throughout the month. Owned by three Nipo-Brazilian women, Maíra Kimura, Yumi Shimada and Fernanda Ueno, they have been brewing in Brazil since 2015. The Japas Cervejaria brand has already begun distribution throughout California, Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, with plans to open South Carolina and Texas soon! We were able to connect with the three founders to discuss how they got started brewing beer and how it helped them explore their Japanese-Brazilian ancestry.
Brewery Showcase | Ope! Brewing Co.August 10, 2022 | Emma Wargolet
As someone with the Instagram bio of “ope,” a visit to Ope! Brewing Co. in West Allis, Wisconsin, was a must. For those unaware of the Midwestern statement, the word “Ope” is used as an exclamation to express surprise, dismay or really anything at all (according to one of the breweries’ stickers). Continuing with the theme of Ope! and general midwestern (specifically, Wisconsin) vibes, the three founders, Adam Anders, Kyle Ciske and John Onopa, were able to scatter nods to their home state throughout the brewery, which opened Memorial Day weekend of 2022.