The founders of the popular Denver Beer Company announced plans last month to open Cerveceria Colorado, a craft brewery that will celebrate the culture and flavors of Mexico. Inspired by head brewer Jason Buehler’s travels through Mexico, the concept will open this spring in the space previously used as the Denver Beer Co. Barrel Room event space at the brewery’s Platte Street location.

As Buehler says, the Mexico-based brewers he’s crossed paths with during his travels “create excellent craft beer using fresh, local ingredients.” Buehler says he’s also learned a lot about the different flavor profiles and unique characteristics of traditional Mexican spices and plants, and he plans to use ingredients such as cinnamon, chiles, nopales, chocolate, mole, lime, and agave in Ceveceria Colorado’s brews. “There are so many unique flavors in Mexican cuisine that have been so fun to play with in beer,” says co-founder Patrick Crawford.

Cerveceria Colorado will open with an amber lager flavored with lime, a churro stout, a beer made with habañero chiles, and a Hop Chocolate brewed with mole. Buehler and his team are also in the process of sourcing tequila barrels for wood-aging endeavors.

While Cerveceria Colorado will share the same building as Denver Beer Co. and utilize the same brewery, co-founders Crawford and Charlie Berger say the space and the brand will have a very different look. The new brewery’s taproom will seat 60 and feature a spacious outdoor patio. The duo also hopes to package their new brews in cans in an effort to make it available to a wider market. But at the end of the day, Crawford, Berger and Buehler all hope Cerveceria Colorado will serve as more than just a successful business venture and a beloved brewery.

“We just want to make sure that Cerveceria Colorado is really an inclusive place and that craft beer is available to everybody,” Berger says. “We sincerely believe that brewing and enjoying beer is a uniting experience and we hope Cerveceria Colorado’s beers spark thoughtful discussion and inspires exploration. Craft beer is a wonderful way to find common ground and to expand horizons.”

Keep an eye out for a grand opening/Cinco De Mayo celebration at Cerveceria Colorado in the beginning of May.

1635 Platte St.