Something is brewing at the Denver Tech Center as two beer makers prepare to open new facilities in the emerging district.
Holidaily Brewing Co., which specializes in gluten-free beers with grain alternatives like millet and buckwheat, is planning to open its second taproom in the area, while newcomer Little Dry Creek Brewery is set to open alongside the other food stalls at Troy Guard’s Grange Hall.
Both expect the beer will flow later this summer – firm opening dates are not yet set – when they join other breweries in the area, including Spice Trade Brewing Co., Peak View Brewing Co., and Resolute Brewing Co . Here’s what we know.
Holidayily Brewing Co.
Founder Karen Hertz opened Golden-based Holidaily Brewing Co. in 2016 after battling cancer twice and receiving a doctor’s recommendation to eliminate gluten from her diet. Since then, the business has grown enough to warrant a second location – previous sales in 2021 are up 45% year-over-year, Hertz said – this time in Greenwood Village.
The new taproom at 5370 Greenwood Plaza Blvd. will occupy a 2,350-square-foot space near The Landmark Theater and feature a two-barrel pilot system for brewers to experiment with new recipes. There will also be a dog-friendly terrace.
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Holidayily is waiting for the license for the room, but otherwise has very little to do with the expansion. The turnkey nature of the space was one of the things that attracted Hertz.
“We had to get furniture and beer there. There’s already a bar set up, there’s a cool garage door, ”she said. “Branch lines are already set up, which of course we have to ensure before setting up our product.”
But that’s not the only attraction. Hertz grew up three miles from the Denver Tech Center. While this is a new venture, it’s like going back to its roots.
“I can share this crazy business I’ve built with people I grew up with,” said Hertz.
Drinkers can expect packaged offerings like Favorite Blonde Ale, gold medalist Boombastic Hazy IPA at the Great American Beer Festival, a pumpkin beer, and more when the brewery opens.
Little Dry Creek Brewery
Named after a tributary of the South Platte River that supplies water to the facility, Little Dry Creek Brewery will anchor a 13,000-square-foot food hall called Grange Hall (6575 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village), which is expected to open in September.
Guard, founder of the TAG Restaurant Group, decided to jump on the food hall trend after they became increasingly popular due to the social atmosphere and variety of options on offer. Little Dry Creek Brewery will anchor the hall, which is reasonable given the facility’s past life as a CB & Potts Brewpub.
Head brewer Ty Nash, who previously worked at CB & Potts and Dead Hippie Brewing, plans to start with a wide range of styles including Altbier, Pils, Wheat Beer, Brown Ale, and several India Pale Ales in hopes of equally diverse palates to address.
“One of the unique aspects is the variety of restaurants in Grange Hall and the development of beer recipes that complement each brand and reach a much wider demographic than most breweries,” Nash said in a statement.
Grange Hall’s nine food stalls to date include another location of Guard’s wholesome bowl restaurant Bubu, the chef’s first pizza concept, a wasabi sushi outpost, and counters with grills, ice cream, coffee, and burgers. Crack Shack, a San Diego-based fried chicken concept, will also open its first Denver location at Grange Hall.
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