With nearly 250 breweries and counting, Coloradans are some of the luckiest beer drinkers in the country. It has gotten to the point where it can be difficult to stay up-to-date on all the latest openings. But we’ve got you covered.
Check out our list of exciting upcoming breweries and bars:
Where: 2920 Brewery Lane, Littleton
When: June 21, 2015 (restaurant is currently open)
What: Breckenridge Brewery’s new 12-acre, three building campus comes complete with tasting room, barrel room, Farm House restaurant and a four-vessel, 100-barrel brewhouse. Tours (which include generous beer samples) will be offered at a cost of $3 per person, a portion of which will go to rotating charities.
Why We are Excited: In addition to the new restaurant and brewery/cellar/warehouse, a 2-acre hop farm on the east end of the campus is in the works (projected for fall and harvest next year), which is definitely something to look forward to.
Great Divide (RiNo)
Words by Brittany Werges
Where: 1812 35th St., Denver
When: The tap room, dubbed the Barrel Bar, opens early July with construction for a second brewery, a larger tap room, and a beer garden in the same complex to start in 2016. Plans for a restaurant are also being considered.
What: Early next month Great Divide will open its doors to its second tap room located in its newest canning/kegging facility in the RiNo Arts District. The Barrel Bar will feature 16 taps that will pour the full line-up of Great Divide beers as well as speciality brews from its pilot systems and barrel-aged program. The taproom will be intimate with room for about 30 to 40 people with additional seating on the patio. The space will be outfitted with reclaimed decor such as old staves and railroad ties. The Barrel Bar will also offer tours of the canning/kegging facility which features $3.5 million automated canning line that can produce 350 cans a minute.
Why We are Excited: Not only does this facility mean the beginning of canned Great Divide brews, but it also signals the bustling development that’s coming to RiNo. Because around this 5-acre complex the city will be adding a park to the area behind the brewery along with other developments like expanded sidewalks and a pedestrian bridge that connects Brighton Boulevard to Walnut Street — according to Great Divide representatives.
Note: The Ballpark location will not closed, nor are there plans to close it.
Words by Matthew Hedgpeth
Where: 1604 E. 17th Ave., Denver
When: Early July
What: Rob Lee, along with his son Robert and daughter Anna, plan to open a neighborhood-focused brewery featuring classic-style beers. This welcomed addition to Uptown will offer English ales, Czech pilsners and other continental lagers and Belgians that aren’t all that common in Denver.
Why We are Excited: Even though the independent beer industry has been on the rise for over a decade, securing the great state of Colorado some much-deserved recognition, there is still ample opportunity for brewers to work toward diversifying the craft. Family owned and run Deep Draft may bring a breath of fresh air (and hops) to East 17th Street’s Restaurant Row.
Where: 1309 26th St., Denver
When: July 2015
What: A 2521 square-foot pour-your-own bar with 40 taps, consisting of 34 craft beers, four wines and two ciders. There will be a mezzanine overlooking the main area, a patio out front with a fire pit, and a full kitchen serving small, shareable plates from Chef Eric Lee. How does it work? Upon arrival check in with your ID and credit card in exchange for a scannable card to be used for beverages as well as food and merchandise. Scan the card at the tap, and the handy flow meters inside keep track of how many ounces were poured. When you’re done, check out, pay and be on your way.
Why We are Excited: You get to be the bartender, which is a pretty big deal. Plus, each tap will feature food pairing suggestions so that guests can get the most out of their beer and food experience.
Call to Arms Brewing Company
Where: 4526 Tennyson St. , Denver
When: July 2015
What: Call to Arms may be a new brewery, but its owners have 22 years combined experience in the beer industry and will brew a wide assortment of beers, blending old world styles with modern brewing techniques. The brewers will be experimenting with old world brewing traditions in a room dedicated to open fermentation. The open fermentation will be visible from the taproom and will add layers of complexity to the beers that couldn’t be attained in a traditional fermenter.
Why We are Excited: Keeping it local: Call to Arms will sell local provisions from The Real Dill, RedCamper, South Boulder Sauce, Quinn Popcorn, Strongwater Spirits and Botanicals and Elevation Organic Ketchup. There will also be a CTA Good Samaritan Program in which people who sign up will be able to receive rewards (shirts, growlers, free beer) for volunteer hours they put in at local non-profits.
Where: 3610 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
When: Late Summer/Early Fall 2015
Neighborhood: Sloan’s Lake
What: Owned by Frank Thomas and brothers Jason and Ron Abbott, this brewery will be located in a space that was once an auto shop. All three have been homebrewing for approximately 23 years and have had previous roles in the beer industry, so they are no strangers to the process. Seedstock’s rustic, simple beer styles have been described by some as “rural,” though anything but boring.
Why We are Excited: “Brewing runs in our blood,” says Ron Abbott. He and Jason’s father used to brew with his grandpa on his farm, and their grandpa worked on a hop farm after World War II. Seedstock plans to brew beers that are firmly rooted in history but balanced by the diversity of Americana.
Where: 1477 N. Monroe St., Denver
Neighborhood: Bluebird District
When: Late Summer/Early Fall 2015
What: A brewery located at Colfax and Monroe, in the old Galaxie Building, complete with a 1,600-square-foot tap room and 600-square-foot patio. Cerebral will serve five core beers: a Belgian single, an American pale ale, an IPA, an English brown ale, and an oatmeal sweet stout in addition to others that will have strong Belgian and English influences, as well as hop-forward American styles.
Why We are Excited: Cerebral will have an in-house lab that will allow it to focus on the quality of its product to a higher degree than most start-ups, so expect great things from this brewery.
Words by Brittany Werges
Where: 2875 Blake St., Denver, Co
What: Bill Eye and Ashleigh Carter, formerly of Dry Dock and Prost Brewing, will open a new brewery in the Bindery on Blake. It will be a German focused brewery that will offer only lagers with an emphasis on traditional styles. Eye explained there will be room for experimental brews primarily via collaboration with national breweries to translate well known beers into lagers.
Why We are Excited: Bierstadt will feature a 35-barrel brewhouse that was built in Germany in 1932. It was purchases from a brewery in Ammerndorf, Germany and has been transported to Denver. According to Eye, “It is remarkable.” Also Rackhouse Pub, the restaurant formerly housed inside Strananhan’s, has plans to open in the Bindery and will serve at the tasting room for Bierstadt as well as C Squared Ciders, also located in the same space. The taps will mainly serve Bierstadt and C Squared products but will also host a guest tap and an extensive collection of bottles unique beers like sours, aged beers and the alike.
Kline’s Beer Hall
Where: 7519 Grandview Ave., Arvada
When: September 2015
What: From the owners of Arvada Tavern and Denver’s Union Lounge No. 1, Kline’s is an Americanized beer hall with heavy European influences located in the former D Note music hall space. It will offer a large selection of beer from around the world, and its long picnic-style tables are ideal for cultivating an environment of conversation and community among its guests.
Why We are Excited: Raise those steins and get ready for a good old fashioned European style experience right here in Colorado. Kline’s plans to serve house made sausage and rotisserie chicken with various other old European fare as sides.
Little Machine Beer
Where: 2924 W. 20th Ave., Denver
Neighborhood: Jefferson Park
When: Early Fall 2015
What: A brewery brewing on a 10-barrel system that is 100 percent designed and fabricated in Colorado (by Bennett Forgeworks in Ridgway, Colorado). The tasting room will accommodate just over 80 guests, with a variety of seating options. A pilsner, pale ale and an IPA will always be on tap, as well as rotating beers such as a dark, strong, DIPA, Belgian-style and a field/experimental, including nitro and hand-pull options too.
Why We are Excited: The folks at Little Machine are invested in being a part of the neighborhood. They will strive to provide the perfect combination of high caliber beer and an inviting, approachable tasting room and have consciously avoided too narrow a focus on a particular beer style.