Breckenridge Brewery’s new Littleton compound, located on a 12-acre lot between Santa Fe Drive and the South Platte River just north of the Aspen Grove shopping center, is slated to open in April/May of 2015. While the site’s still under construction, major headway is being made and what might possibly be Colorado’s (maybe America’s) greatest brewing facility and taproom is quickly taking shape. Enjoy the following photos and do try to be patient until spring.
Todd Thibault, director of marketing, wanted to turn these old bunkers into lodges for distributors to relax in after a long haul. Unfortunately, the roofs are shot and the zoning doesn’t allow for it. These will be gone by the time the brewery’s open to the public.
This is open space on the western edge of the property. The Mary Carter Greenway Trail and the South Platte River lay beyond. Breckenridge will build a bike path connecting the river trail to their beer garden.
The outline for the 8,000 sq. ft. FarmHouse Tasting Room & Restaurant. It will feature 18 taps and a screened-in patio overlooking the beer garden.
A stage will be built near the smokestack. The smokestack will remain as a link to the property’s past but the power lines will be removed.
The brewery tour entrance. Tanks will be be placed through the octagonal holes and the nuts-and-bolts of the operation will be on the ground level as guests admire the tops of the tanks from the second floor.
A 16-foot high pedestrian bridge will connect the tour entrance to the 76,000 sq. ft. brewing facility/cellar/warehouse.
The 100 BBL Steineker brewing facility will have an initial brewing capacity of 120,000+ BBLs (that will probably be bumped-up to 300,000 before long). Guests can view the operation from a raised pathway and on the ground level–where the people in this photo are walking–will be Breckenridge’s small batch experimental brewery. That smaller brewery will likely be around 20 BBLs. There will also be a 2,000 sq. ft. barrel aging room.
The tanks are crammed into a relatively small space because Breckenridge didn’t want to house them in a building that was too monstrous. The people of Littleton already voted-down a Wal-Mart that was slated for this very same property so, clearly, the town doesn’t want anything tacky on these 12 acres. The brewing facility will be skinned in red panels, wood siding, and faux barn doors and windows to pay homage to the area’s rural roots. Thibault said they were partially inspired by Wisconsin’s New Glarus Brewing and their pastoral setting.
This off-shoot of the brewery is where the Krones bottling line, KHS kegging line, and Wild Goose Engineering canning line will reside. In the way, way back is the future cold storage and loading docks.
Somewhere down the line, probably after a year or so, Breckenridge will plant a hop farm between the brewing facility and Santa Fe. The farm will be irrigated by the treated water collected from the fermenters. Other green initiatives at Breckenridge include solar tubes in the brewery and warehouse and a system for reducing emissions, condensing steam, and storing energy to heat water for the brewing process.
It was a flurry of activity at the construction site.
Breckenridge was installing a fermenter at the time of the tour. The crane operator was basically threading a needle–if the thread were an expensive 100 BBL tank and the needle a 76,000 sq. ft. brewery.
If you’re still having trouble visualizing the finished product, check out these artist renderings: