Colorado Connection Drives Zephyr Brewing Co.

The River North area of Denver has seen its fair share of brewery growth in recent years with Epic Brewing Co. and Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew opening in the neighborhood. Zephyr Brewing Company will join the party in early 2014 when it throws open its doors to Denver’s beer lovers at 2601 Walnut St.

Zephyr is owned and operated by Brian Wood, Tyler Shuey and Rich Wisniewski. The three friends and Colorado natives will put their distinctive “Colorado Proud” spin on the new brewery. To distinguish itself from other breweries already using outdoor related names, the guys behind Zephyr instead came up with a name that has a unique connection to Denver.

“Zephyr comes from the passenger train that ran out of Denver for 35 years,” the owners said in an email. “Our location in RiNo is very near the train tracks that still exist and Union Station. The Denver Zephyr minor league baseball team was also named after the train and played in Denver under that name for eight years.”

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Without giving away too many of the Colorado-specific details, the guys behind Zephyr shared that the brewing equipment was made right here in Colorado, and Zephyr’s overall approach will cater to a varying set of Colorado-style hobbies and common interests ranging from the taproom décor to entertainment.

“We do hope that our “Colorado Proud” attitude will help define us and stand out in the brewery marketplace,” the three owners said. “We would like to be different enough that many locals make us their new local hangout . . . The goal is to be one of the many great breweries that are turning RiNo into Denver’s Brewery Row.”

When Zephyr opens in 2014, its taproom will carry eight beers, including four core offerings – a Scottish Ale, a Denver Milk Stout, a Belgian Style Wheat, and an IPA. The additional four taps will be for specialty and rotating taps that will feature chili beers, fruit beers and imperial styles.

While Zephyr already has the necessary funding to open, the team is using the crowd sourcing website CrowdBrewed to raise additional funds. According to Zephyr’s owners, the additional financing raised via CrowdBrewed will go directly to designing a more interesting and pleasing taproom for customers to enjoy.

(Pictures courtesy of Zephyr Brewing’s Facebook page)

About Peter MacKellar

A native Coloradan who thinks our fine state offers the best beer and snow anywhere in the U.S., Peter recently moved back to Denver after spending a few years in New York City.