Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew
Just one signature away from opening, Our Mutual Friend (OMF) will be adding a very different element to the Denver beer scene... they're going to do their own malting. Their theory? Making tiny adjustments to the malting process can make big differences in the final beer. Try the Proletariat if you're looking for a simple, no-frills brew that doesn't skimp on taste.
Black Shirt Brewing Company
Black Shirt (BSB) just received their Certificate of Occupancy a few weeks ago and are still in their "soft opening" period, but they're shooting to have regular hours come GABF. If you arrive at BSB and order the sampler, you may be a bit confused as all of their beers have one obvious thing in common: they're all red. Dubbed the "Red Ale Project", Owners Chad, Branden, and Carissa have spent years formulating their recipes that take the Red Ale in completely new directions.
Prost Brewing Company
Prost, a brewery specializing in German-style lagers, opened its doors in the Highlands on August 23rd. Using a 70 barrel all-copper brewhouse imported directly from Germany, Prost will offer three year-round beers including a pilsener, dunkel, and weissbier in addition to a rotating seasonal offering. They've also undertaken the recreation of one of Denver's historic beers, the Tivoli Helles, a beer that hasn't been brewed since 1969.
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
While Crooked Stave isn't a new brewery, they are operating out of a new barrel and tasting room. Owner/Head Brewer Chad Yakobson moved his sour beer operation from Fort Collins to North Denver a few months ago and opened the tap room to the public on September 5. After taking home a Bronze Medal at the World Beer Cup for Wild Wild Brett Rouge, you can expect this to be a busy place during GABF.
Although they've been open to the public since July, Hogshead will be throwing their Grand Opening party on October 4th. Specializing in English-style real ales on meant to be served cask, they're currently pouring three beers: an ESB, a porter, and an English Mild.
TRVE Brewing Company
TRVE (pronounced "TRUE") opened its doors in the Baker neighborhood of South Denver on July 28th. Upon entering the brewery, it’s easy to see the influences of owner and brewmaster Nick Nunns, an avid metal-head. He is setting out to brew some very different beer, including a Salted Wheat Beer (Prehistoric Dog) and a Smoked Tea Saison (Diotima).
Vine Street Pub & Brewery
A sister brewery to Mountain Sun and Southern Sun in Boulder, Vine Street was only a pub until a few months ago. The new brewery is the biggest in the family and will take over brewing the "Big 8" beers. This extra space has allowed the Mountain Sun team to brew more experimental and one-off brews like Vagabond, a lovely IPA with loads of pine and citrus.
River North Brewery
River North began pouring their Belgian-inspired beers on February 18th. They're already bottling and barrel-aging and can already be found at several local liquor stores. Looking for the best time to stop by the brewery? On 'Wayward Wednesdays' Owner/Head Brewer Matt Hess taps one of his barrel-aged beers (like J. Marie Saison aged in whiskey barrels) and serves it until the keg kicks (or the night ends).