Lincoln's beard, and brewery
The Ivywild School-esque Lincoln Center development at 2727 N. Cascade Ave. has come to life with the openings of the Lincoln St. Barbers, Building3 Coffee Roasters, CrossFit SoCo and Omtastic Yoga. ReVibe Pilates will soon join the party, as well as baker David McInnis' yet-to-be-named venture. You may also recall that Local Relic brewing had signed on to be the beer presence, later pulling out.
Which left an opening for another beer entity, which has thus far only put up a teaser image of a goat's face on the doors of suites 117 and 123. Turns out that's part of the logo for Goat Patch Brewing Co., which anticipates an early spring 2017 opening. Though the goat's the logo, the name actually refers to a style of beard, which GPB brewer Darren Baze has worn for years — banded into a long thin braid that reaches to his belt. Anyone who knows him from his five years at Bristol Brewing, three at Trinity or the past four at Colorado Mountain Brewery's west location, knows that beard. And more importantly, his beer potential.
Baze — joined here by his wife Cate and co-owners Justin and Jen Grant — originally played around on Bristol's experimental sour Skull and Bones series, and has recently headed up CMB's seasonal selections on a 3.5-barrel system, occasionally brewing up north with Andy Bradley on his 10-barrel setup. GPB aims to launch bigger, with a 15-barrel outfit that'll provide room to grow. Expect 12 brews, half flagships and half rotating, in the taproom (occupying the aforementioned suites, plus a patio). The brewing facility, not open to the public, will be located in suite 120 across the hall, in Lincoln's old auditorium. Baze says he'll likely add a canning line later, but do keg distribution fairly early on. GPB won't offer any food, as they'll support their neighbors and food trucks.
The Wobbly offshoot
Wobbly Olive (3317 Cinema Point, wobblyolive.com) proprietors Sean and Inez Fitzgerald, along with manager and mixologist Philip Arana, announced plans last week for a second venture on the east side of town: The Collective: A Social House (7702 Barnes Road, thecollectivecos.com).
"We introduced people to new food and exotic flavors," Sean says of 2-year-old WO,"but being surrounded by corporates, we aren't really a neighborhood place. ... The community aspect is very important to us. The idea is to be a bar built around the neighborhood."
He also wants The Collective to be more casual, "like sophisticated bar food." That would be "everything you've had before, but we'll try to do it better." And, he says The Collective will dial down from the cutting-edge craft cocktail program to fun, simple drinks. But he's also aiming to stock a huge spirits selection so just about any WO drink could be made here, too. Expect updates, and an opening around early fall.