GRIST BREWING COMPANY TO OPEN SECOND BREWHOUSE AND TAPROOM!
The new brewhouse and taproom (to be christened "Grist Laboratory") will be adjacent to the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant in the City of Lone Tree Entertainment District, located near the Park Meadows Mall. Build-out is scheduled to begin soon after year end with a scheduled opening in Q2 2017. Jonathan Fuentes, Taproom Manager, is “very excited to bring the Grist brand and team to a second taproom, to share laughs and great experiences with new friends...and many old ones.”
According to Grist’s principal investor, Chuck Norman, "The Lone Tree brewery and taproom is an idea we have studied for well over a year. A second, smaller brewhouse will complement our 20 bbl system in Highlands Ranch, allowing us to offer more frequent small batches of specialty and experimental brews.” Grist will be installing a 3.5 bbl brewhouse with fermenters and brite tanks to produce these experimental brews that will be served at both locations. “More importantly, we love sharing the craft beer experience with our customers. Our business model has always been tap room oriented. We don't aspire to be distribution moguls.”
The experimental beers will be produced in small volumes and will likely sell out quickly in response to our customers’ demand for limited edition releases. Steve Nolan, soon to be Lead R&D Brewer, says, “This awesome laboratory is going to give us the ability to experiment with new brew ideas that we may have wanted to try in the past but didn’t have capacity to brew. It's gonna be a blast seeing just what we can come up with individually and collectively. I can't make up my mind with what to brew first!” By expanding with an additional taproom 10 miles east of the current Grist production facility, “Gristers” can easily go to one taproom or the other for fresh, local beer. The original Grist production facility will continue to produce and package the Grist Science beers and Grist Creativity beers that everyone has grown to love and demand. The Grist production facility will be expanded slightly with the addition of one 20 bbl brite beer tank. “The extra tank space allows us to properly age and clarify our beers to produce the best products for everyone to enjoy,” added Head Brewer Tyler Swaim.
“We love the community that has supported us in Highlands Ranch and allowed us to thrive and we hope to add to that community with this second taproom in Lone Tree. Besides, you all know we are science geeks, now we have a true beer laboratory, what more could a geek ask for,” adds Rob Kevwitch, Grist’s General Manager.
The guys picking out pilot brewing equipment and enjoying their new neighbor's fine margaritas
Left to right - Rob Kevwitch, Mike Varley, Chuck Norman, Tyler Swaim, Steve Nolan
Our vision of craft beer can be summed up in a few words: Science Balanced With Creativity. Now we know some of you folks out there will say that our beers are not as creative as some of our craft beer brethren. The funny thing about making beer is that it is much harder to create a great craft beer within a style than it is to simply add adjuncts and flavors to beers and create the illusion of quality by overwhelming the palate. That being said, we will always have 5 core beers that are held to strict stylistic and scientific guidelines. We analyze these beers in our lab to make sure we are within the guidelines and that each batch is consistent. For the more daring folks out there, we always have 4-7 beers that are a bit outside the box. From Imperial IPAs made with hops only from Colorado to Juniper Berry Belgian Singles to Colorado Wildflower Honey Blonde Ales. We will always push the limits of what we can brew for you balancing science and creativity. Our passion is not just held to liquid in a glass, but also to the community around us that makes our so-called “work” possible. We strive to participate in community events, sponsor local charitable festivals and invest in our economy by purchasing our state of the art, new American made 20 barrel brewhouse. We want to always be a strong presence in the community that supports our efforts. So, stop by - visit the taproom, soak up some Colorado sun on our patio with your family and friends for an afternoon or evening after a day well lived in our fine craft beer state of mind