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Alpine Dog Brewing closing in Denver in March

It has been tough for breweries in central Denver over the past year as at least half a dozen have closed, including Mockery, MobCraft, Wah Gwaan, Dos Luces, Counter Culture and Lowdown. Alpine Dog Brewing, at 1308 E. 17th Ave., will join that list when it shuts its doors on March 31. “After nearly 10 years of great beer, great friends and the most fun and epic of times, Alpine Dog will be selling or otherwise closing the brewery,” the business wrote on social media. “It’s a bittersweet moment to leave behind what we…

Vine Street Pub to reopen in Denver four years after pandemic closed it

Four years of waiting. Four years of questions. Denver’s Vine Street Pub & Brewery, which closed because of the pandemic on March 17, 2020, along with every other restaurant, bar and brewery in Colorado, said Thursday that it had made plans to finally reopen this spring. Vine Street Pub & Brewery is opening on May 15th,” the business wrote on its Facebook page. “We are currently hiring for all positions.” Three other pubs that are part of the Boulder-based Mountain Sun group were able to open in 2021, while a…

A local’s guide to DIA restaurants

Sure, you can hit up a Dunkin Donuts, a Starbucks or a McDonald’s at Denver International Airport — and sometimes it’s traveling that gives us license to be bad like that — but a better option is to try some of Denver’s homegrown food and beverages from local businesses. While these restaurants, coffee shops and breweries don’t actually own or run their airport branches — that is done by large concessionaires — many of them do take an active role in maintaining the quality and consistency of their offerings. Here’s a…

One year into wine at grocery store, local owners reveal sales drop

One year ago this month, Colorado’s Proposition 125 went into effect, allowing grocery stores across the state to sell wine. Local wine and liquor stores said the impacts were immediate, as customers shifted their spending elsewhere. Clif Louis, owner of Cherry Creek’s The Vineyard Wine Shop, said his sales over the last year are down 36% compared to before the change. Josh Robinson, president of Argonaut Wine & Liquor in Cap Hill, said the store’s sales were down 15% the month the change went into effect, and are now…

Craft breweries tap suburbs south of Denver

Since the founding of Parker’s Downhill Brewing in 2017, owners Jake Minturn and Doug Hyndman always planned to expand to multiple locations. By then, the craft beer market had matured enough the duo felt they couldn’t rely on the production and distribution model. Instead, they tried to build a welcoming space — and one with a vibe that could be replicated in new places. After years of searching, Minturn and Hyndman finally found their ideal spot. Downhill Brewing’s second location in Greenwood Village opened at 9672 E.…

Nigerian Breweries sinks to record N145 billion loss

Nigeria’s largest beer maker Nigerian Breweries posted N145.3 billion in pre-tax loss for last year, its biggest since opening shop in the country in 1946. The beer maker recorded the loss after taking a hit from foreign exchange in a year during which the naira lost more than half its value. The brewer, 50 per cent of whose input costs are imported and denominated in foreign currencies, incurred N153.3 billion in net loss on FX transactions compared to N26.3 billion a year ago, throwing the bottom line into a…

GameWerks makes inclusive pinball controllers

Pinball is a nostalgic arcade game played all over the world. But the standard design of most machines makes it difficult, if not impossible, for people with mobility issues to get in on the fun. A group of Colorado entrepreneurs wants to change that. Six friends have invented a controller that can be hooked into a pinball machine to make the game more accessible to people with disabilities, injuries or other physical challenges. Their small hexagonal-shaped device features three round buttons on one side, which a player…

Downhill Brewing owners buy Peak View Brewing in Greenwood Village

A 6-year-old brewery in Greenwood Village is getting new owners. Jake Minturn and Doug Hyndman, owners of Downhill Brewing in Parker, are acquiring Peak View Brewery at 9672 E. Arapahoe Road, public records show. According to a liquor license application submitted to Greenwood Village, which BusinessDen obtained in a records request, Downhill is purchasing the brewery for $410,000. The lease for the 4,100-square-foot space was transferred to Downhill in August. The Greenwood Village City Council approved the duo’s…

Prost Brewing opens huge new biergarten and production facility

As the craft beer industry in Colorado has matured and settled in the two years since the end of the pandemic, there has been a spate of small buyouts, closures and consolidations. For some, this has meant difficult times. For others, it has created opportunities to expand. On Dec. 20. Prost Brewing, which was founded in Denver’s Lower Highland neighborhood in 2012, will open the doors to one of the bigger expansions in recent memory – a Munich-sized taproom and biergarten, at 351 W. 104th Ave in Northglenn, that is…

Oskar Blues CHUBurger reopens in Longmont after 4 years – The Denver Post

Ten years after it first opened as part of the Oskar Blues Brewery’s group of “fooderies,” CHUBurger has returned to Longmont in a slightly different form. The fast-casual burger spot has opened in a permanent mobile kitchen at 3rd Shot Pickleball, 20 S. Bowen St., which Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis debuted in November with business partner Adam Kahn. Katechis has been an avid pickleball player for the past year. “CHUBurger never deserved to close down in the first place,” said Mike Gleason in a statement; Gleason is…