Summer Preview: 5 New Breweries to Look Forward to in Denver
Just when you thought Denver couldn’t hold any more beer, five new breweries have either opened or will open in this summer. Whether you're a certified beer geek or new to the brew, here are the new spots that will help widen your beer palate this summer.
Odyssey Beerwerks: This new microbrewery, just opened Memorial Day weekend, is part of Aravada’s Goldstrike Business Park at Ralston and 56th Avenue (near I-70 and Sheridan) on the Denver border. After homebrewing for 20-odd years, friends Josh and Chris finally took the plunge and opened a brewery and tasting room. The pair already puts out a variety of beers and the best way to try them all is the sampler of all eight. Brews include Psycho Penguin Vanilla Porter, Helios Hefeweizen, Ghost Rider Pale Ale, Brick Lane ESB and an intriguing label called Nebula Belgian Black Double IPA. Enjoy indoor and outdoor seating and look for upcoming events such as food trucks, live music and art exhibits in the near future (5535 W. 56th Ave., Suite 107, Arvada; 303-421-0772).
Epic Brewing: Salt Lake City's Epic has been growing steadily since opening in 2008. The owners have been trying to expand the brewery to meet increasing demand, but have run into a few roadblocks. As a result, Epic is opening a second, larger production facility in Denver. The owners hope to be brewing by July and have plans to open a retail space and tap room in August. Epic will also brew three special Colorado-only beers. The new location is in the up-and-coming River North neighborhood and since the brewery will no longer be tied to Utah’s “unique” liquor laws, they can brew whatever the heck they want (3001 Walnut St).
Caution: Brewing Company: This Denver favorite is also expanding into the suburbs. Scheduled to open in the fall, the new Caution Brewery and Taphouse will feature local products and work with area businesses, according to owner Danny Wang. There will be 12 taps in the much larger taproom, but only half will be Caution’s flagships — the rest will showcase Wang’s more experimental brews. The new location will be at 1057 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Unit 60 (near Wadsworth and Mississippi). Until then, enjoy Caution beers at the original location in Denver at I-70 and Peoria (12445 E. 39th Ave.; Unit 34; 970-315-BREW).
Mountain Toad: Just opened Memorial Day weekend, Mountain Toad is Golden’s fourth brewery. (Didn’t realize they had room for that many, did you?) The microbrewery currently features four American craft ales: Apex Amber, White Ranch Wit, Mt. Zion IPA and Ryrish Stout. The Toad also has a cool tree-covered outdoor patio that is kid, dog and bicyle friendly with food trucks nightly. The owners and brewers, four School of Mines alumni, named the brewery after the Rocky Mountain Toad, a symbol of vitality and good health (900 Washington Ave., Golden; 720-638-3244).
World of Beer Belmar: C'mon and open already! Those in the suburbs are anxiously awaiting the any-day-now opening of the second World of Beer in Colorado. Like its Cherry Creek colleague, WOB Belmar is a huge taphouse and tasting room featuring 50 beers on tap and 500 in bottles and cans. That’s a lot of beer! Beer geeks can learn and grow their beer knowledge and sports fans can enjoy the 17 TVs. We'll keep you posted (7260 W. Alaska Dr., Unit A, Lakewood)
Photos by Carrie Dow