Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sneak peek: Colorado Mountain Brewery No. 2, opens Sept. 7

Posted by on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 4:22 PM

As a person who trades in restaurant news, I can vouch for the unusual amount of excitement that's currently surrounding the opening of the second Colorado Mountain Brewery location in the Roundhouse at 600 S. 21st St.

The buzz dates back to this time last year, when announcement of the expansion was first made. But it's grown recently, as fans have grown seemingly impatient waiting for the doors to open. It's a tremendous location, with rich history and countless pints of potential. (CMB will be the third tenant in 120 years; they've sunk between $1.5 million and $2 million in this brewery installation and renovation.)

It doesn't help the anticipation factor that the Gazette reported it'd be open the weekend of Aug. 24, and we reported in the Indy yesterday that it would be opening this upcoming weekend of Aug. 31.

As new information has it — we humbly apologize for our part in perpetuating early dates provided to us by a CMB person not fully up to speed — the location will now be opening on Friday, Sept. 7. For reals this time, people ... this comes from general manager Paul Dehner directly.

So please, hang tight another week, then you have our blessing and encouragement to go storm the castle with the rest of the horde.

But for now, I offer you a sneak peek behind the scenes, as the team puts the finishing touches on the building. The photos and details that follow come from a tour earlier today with Dehner and brewmaster Andy Bradley, and also from a chat with investment head Scott Koons.

Colorado Mountain Brewery
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  • Let's start with the real focal point: beer. This new system is a five-barrel system, compared to the north location's 10. Brewmaster Andy Bradley will devote a portion of the capacity to brewing lagers (which take longer to make).

Colorado Mountain Brewery
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  • The Roundhouse's history plays strongly into Colorado Mountain Brewery's design of the new space. You'll dine where the train engines used to park.

Colorado Mountain Brewery
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  • Like I said, they're really paying homage to their digs. CMB had custom metal work designed that incorporates its logo into the former Colorado Midland Railway stamp.

Colorado Mountain Brewery
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  • The new menu will include wood-oven pizzas, as well as wood-fired entrée specials off the grill in the bottom right of this photo. Everything sure is shiny when new.

Colorado Mountain Brewery
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  • This is going to be one hella-nice bar when all these TVs are broadcasting sports games and some 30 tap handles are made to flow.

Colorado Mountain Brewery
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  • You want patio? They've got patio. View of Pikes Peak? That, too.

Colorado Mountain Brewery

Colorado Mountain Brewery
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  • From the left: Andy Bradley, Paul Dehner and Scott Koons, the bros behind the brew madness.

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