Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at The Source, a high-end, European-style market set to open in Denver in June 2013. Kyle Zeppelin, the brains behind this massive undertaking, chose a 26,000 square foot, former ironworks building in River North to call home for this project. The red-brick building, which dates back to the 1880’s, is being renovated and given new life by Zeppelin, who is signing on some of the very best local artisans to bring their respective crafts to The Source.
A variety of businesses have signed on, including Mondo Food, which will offer gourmet cheeses and cured meats; Proper Pour, which in addition to selling fine wines, liquor and bartending supplies, will also feature a wine cellar, where local residents can rent storage units and store their wine collection on site; Babette’s, a bakery that will feature fresh breads, croissants and sandwiches; The Source will also feature a coffee roaster, distillery, two restaurants, chocolatier and more.
As a beer lover, I’m particularly excited that The Source will be the home for Crooked Stave’s new brewhouse. Crooked Stave Owner/Brewer Chad Yakobson, plans to install a 20-BBL brewhouse on site, along with a coolship, one of only a handful of open fermentation vessels found throughout the U.S. This will allow him endless possibilities for experimentation and the ability to make a wide variety of wild and sour beers.
The Source looks to be one-stop shopping for beer connoisseurs, wine aficionados and foodies alike. Although still a few months away from completion (the opening date is anticipated to be June 2013), it’s a very exciting time to be in Denver. We’ll keep you updated as the opening date gets closer, but in the meantime, here’s some pictures from last week’s Groundbreaking ceremony and a glimpse into The Source.
The Source will be located at: 3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO.
Crooked Stave is here! After months and months of waiting, dreaming and drooling about owner Chad Yakobson’s funky, sour brews, I’m happy to report that the beer is flowing at his new Taproom and Barrel Cellar in Denver.
Since opening in 2011, Crooked Stave has been operating out of Funkwerks in Fort Collins. This past June, Chad packed up his barrels and made the trek down to Denver to open his own facility.
Today’s Taproom and Barrel Cellar opening is part of a bigger plan to also open a brewery and taproom in a market called The Source, scheduled to open in Denver next Spring. In addition to the brewery, The Source will bring together a chocolatier, winemaker, coffee roaster and more, all under one roof. For now, Chad is brewing his beers at Prost Brewing and River North Brewery and transferring them over to barrels in his Barrel Cellar.
For today’s opening, they’re pouring:
Wild Wild Brett Blue (WWBB) – Dark hoppy ale brewed with Colorado blue spruce tips and fermented with Brettanomyces.
Wild Wild Brett Indigo (WWBI) – Brewed and barrel aged with blueberries and fermented with Brettanomyces.
Vignole – Belgian golden ale with Vignole grapes.
Petite Sour – A true farmhouse beer, brewed with lacto and Brett.
L’Brett d’Or – Aged in Leopold Bros Peach Whiskey barrels that were previously used to make New Belgium’s Love.
Unfortunately, I was short on time and only had the chance to enjoy one glass. Decisions, decisions… I went with The L’Brett d’Or, which was amazing! Medium tartness, fruity, crisp and complex.
During my visit, I talked beer with Jonathan Shikes aka Big Shikes, the Beer Man from the Denver Westword. He shared his WWBI with me, which was tart, earthy and lightly fruity. Also a winner.
The bar has roughly 10 seats for fans to get their funk on, plus several tables and a small patio out front. The Barrel Cellar is behind the bar in the warehouse area of the building.
There’s no growler fills, but several bottles are available to go (WWBI, Surette Reserva and Batch 1) along with glassware and shirts.
I feel like Crooked Stave completes the Denver Beer Scene. The Coasts have their Russian River, Cascade, Allagash, Bruery, Lost Abbey and so on. The middle of the U.S. has their Upland, Destihl and Jolly Pumpkin. And now we’ve got our Crooked Stave. So raise your glasses with me fellow Colorado Beer Geeks, as we toast to Chad and Crooked Stave. Congrats and Welcome to Denver! I can’t wait to see what the future holds!
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is open Wed – Sat from noon – 7 PM and is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211.