May 14 2010, 8:35 AM
American Craft Beer Week runs May 17 to 23, and Denver has yet another reason to celebrate: A new craft brewery, Strange Brewing, will open its doors on Monday [update: the opening has been delayed due to inspections, though they're still hoping to open that week], with some ex-Rocky Mountain News employees at the helm. Tim Myers, head brewer, and his partner, John Fletcher, president, once worked in the Rocky's IT department. When the Rocky was closed, they were transferred to The Denver Post, where they clocked up to 70-hour workweeks. "We thought, 'Why are we killing ourselves? We love making beer, and it seems like a doable market,'" says Myers, who has been home brewing since the mid-'90s. Then the Post delivered their pink slips, making the decision for them. The two found a spot at 1330 Zuni St., where they set up a tasting room and a small brewing system. Myers says they’re perfecting the recipe for the cleverly named Cherry Kriek, a Belgian wheat with a generous heap of cherries in the batch. Also on the menu are an imperial pale ale, a pale ale, a Belgian farmhouse ale, and a vanilla rum porter. Strange Brewing plans to be open Wednesday through Sunday nights, but in celebration of next week, they'll be open Monday through Saturday evenings, tapping new beers each night. (Tip: The most up-to-date information is posted on the brewery's Facebook page.) The tasting room will be open from 4 to 8 p.m., though Myers says if it becomes a popular hangout spot, the doors will stay open later. For now, Strange Brewing will serve only draft beer and sell take-home growlers. 1330 Zuni St., Unit M.