Front Range

Bottle Rocket

Denver’s craft beer boom shows no signs of slowing down.

December 2012

With breweries such as denver beer company and Renegade Brewing Company opening in Denver ’hoods, 2011 seemed like a big year for the city’s beer scene. Then, there was 2012: At least seven new breweries opened in the Mile High City, and, last we checked, another 16 Denver breweries were in the planning stages. “It’s hard to keep track; they’re just coming too fast,” says Steve Kurowski, marketing manager for the Colorado Brewers Guild. “I think it has a lot to do with the business model that these guys are discovering.” ¶ That model, says Kurowski, is similar to that of the local coffeeshop. Opening a small neighborhood brewery is more cost-effective than launching a larger operation and distributing bottles or cans to liquor stores. And the brewery-around-the-corner concept is popular from a social standpoint, too. “Locals are constantly telling us,” says Stephen Kirby, co-founder of West Highland’s Hogshead Brewery, “how much they enjoy having a neighborhood gathering place.”