I suppose it’s understood that, when you claim Denver’s a great beer city, you really mean to include the whole metro-area; while some of America’s finest ales and lagers are produced within the Mile High City’s limits, one would be remiss to omit Dry Dock Brewing Co., Lone Tree Brewing Company, Big Choice Brewing, and a slew of other ‘burb brews. Perhaps that’s a testament to the greatness of Denver’s beer scene—even its satellites feature fantastic suds. One of those satellites—Wheat Ridge—has recently seen an especially significant spike in breweries; from zero breweries prior to November 2012 to one with the opening of Brewery Rickoli, this tiny town in the west-end of the metro area now, already, boasts two breweries thanks to Colorado Plus (or C+ for those who like to abbreviate).
Located on 38th Avenue in the old Valente’s building (6995 W 38th Ave. Wheat Ridge), C+ is not quite a brewery yet because they haven’t served any house-made beers but that should change in a week or two as soon as headbrewer Adam Draeger (who also brews at Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub) gets his mitts on C+’s equipment. Once up and brewing, expect C+ to fill the niches left untouched by other local breweries. Berliner Weisse? A cinnamon and almond beer? I’m already on my way, dude!
Until they have their own beer, C+ will operate as a craft beer bar featuring 56 draft beers all of which—I repeat “all of which”—pour beer made right here in the great state of Colorado. How many other beer bars can claim that? Don’t get me wrong, I love the Denver area’s other beer bars, too, because they all have great selection and they all serve up a lot of Colorado’s best beer but they also let “foreign” beers from California, Oregon, and elsewhere infiltrate their taplist. Again, I must say “don’t get me wrong” because I’m well aware that other states make great beer, too, but I am a staunch supporter of the drink local philosophy and I appreciate that C+ gives all its lovin’ to in-state businesses.
Check the spirit and wine selection, too; they’re all from Colorado as well. It makes an alcohol connoisseur proud to live here. Some states boast a great beer culture, some a great spirit culture, and some a great wine culture but, lucky us, Colorado has all three!
The building itself is full of cozy nooks-and-crannies all with clever design features like a chandelier made of beer bottles, a table made from 2x2s, a changeable collage composed of six-pack holder artwork, a semi-private fireplace alcove near the front door, and the upstairs area that feels like the new version of where your grandpa used to drink after The War: old, wooden bar, red, leather seats, and another big, black fireplace set near the back corner. There’re also a few picnic tables out front in the beer garden and a narrow game room with a foosball table and a Tekken arcade game. No matter what your mood or personality, C+ has a room to accommodate it.
If the 56 beers give you the munchies, you’re in luck; head chef Doug Sattem is planning a menu that puts contemporary twists on classic pub favorites so don’t expect to leave C+ hungry.
Want to experience C+ for yourself? The grand opening is this Monday, May 13th. Come out to support your new, local business and, by association, the entirety of the Colorado alcohol industry.