Friday, August 25, 2017

Metric Brewing now under construction

Posted By on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 3:17 PM

click to enlarge Metric Brewing will open near Circle and Uintah soon. - FOCUS ON THE BEER
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  • Metric Brewing will open near Circle and Uintah soon.
Colorado Springs has yet another brewery coming to town. It’s called Metric Brewing, it's at 1213 N. Circle Drive and it’s under construction now. Metric will be operated by Mike Centanne and Aaron Celusta of downtown's Iron Bird Brewing Co. According to a report by Focus on the Beer (which, full disclosure, is run by Indy production director Ryan Hannigan), the brewery will share a parking lot with the Safeway on Circle Drive and Uintah Avenue, just behind Cheers Liquor Mart.

“About five or six years ago back when I was dreaming of having my own brewery I always thought the name sounded great,” Centanne says. “When I met [Celusta] and Iron Bird started taking shape, Metric went on the back burner until a few months ago.” His role at Iron Bird was lessening, so he and Celusta checked to see if the name was still available.

Currently, Centanne and Celusta are waiting on Regional Building permits, but they’re moving forward with what they can. The brewery will have five fermenters, plus a small canning operation and barrel-aging program. While Centanne hasn’t named any specific beers they’ll brew yet, but he and Celusta hope to produce high-quality, properly brewed beers.

“Poor or sub-par quality is something that I feel has plagued a lot of new breweries recently, and not just here in Colorado Springs,” he says. “As new breweries open up, and drinkers are getting introduced to craft, they need solid options or they’re going to think that off flavors are the norm.”

While the brewery hasn’t announced an opening date, beer fans will be able to get their first taste of Metric beer at the Café Craft Coffee & Beer Invitational on Sept. 30 (which, full disclosure, is sponsored by both Focus on the Beer and Indy GIVE!, the Indy’s nonprofit charity arm). They’re brewing a collaborative beer with Loyal Coffee. Meanwhile, check out Focus on the Beer's full interview with Centanne here.

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