This past weekend Denver’s favorite art district turned craft beer haven added one more brewery to the mix. 10 Barrel hails from the Pacific Northwestern town of Bend, Oregon. A well established craft beer mecca known for having fun and drinking good beer - two core values that 10 Barrel holds true to. Since inception in 2006 10 Barrel has expanded their reach to 5 different cities - San Diego, Portland, Boise, Denver, Bend. In fact, 10 Barrel Brewing was one of the first craft breweries to be purchased by Anheuser-Busch InBev, back in November 2013. With the new influx of cash from AB they have been able to test limits, explore new avenues and expand to cities with a thirst for the craft.
10 Barrel Brewing knew their target market and opened their doors this past weekend with a bash fit for a true Denver native. 10 Barrel’s Pray For Snow evening was complete with a snowy half-pipe, local musicians and an ample amount of craft beer. The half-pipe proved to be a crowd favorite as we eagerly watched amateur snow enthusiasts test out tricks, tumble, get back up and go again. The true hero of the halfpipe was the resilient boarder in the Elway jersey who despite multiple failed attempts finally landed a back-flip to the tune of many cheers from liquor coated fans.
Despite the cold, Dragondeer, Brent Cowles and Rapidgrass kept our heartbeats up and the crowds dancing all night long. Featuring local bands was a great homage to 10 barrel’s new home in the Mile High City. If their stay in Denver is anything like their opening party, we're all for it!
Inside, the brew pub was able to hold true to their North Western roots- the steel, wood and the furniture was made by the same maker out of Bend, OR who designed 10 Barrel's original brew pub. Twenty sleek stainless steel tap handles line the length of the bar - a system that is unique to this brewery alone. The brew pub spared no expense when it came to top of the line technology, this specific location has a fully operational 20-barrel fermentation tank system at its core and a glassed-in barrel aging room that we can't wait to see. But above all of the fancy technology the brewery boasts a beautiful rooftop overlooking Denver’s Rocky Mountains. We have no doubt that the 10 Barrel Brewing pub will become a staple for brewery hoppers and sun seekers alike in the forthcoming warmer months.
Some things to keep on your radar about the new space: The last Tuesday of every month will be donate proceeds to a specific charity - the charity rotates monthly. Learn more here! The brewery has an event space in the back that can be rented out for gatherings, work events or parties. The Denver pub will offer beers brewed by Kay that aren't available anywhere else besides this specific RiNo location.
Cheers to expansion and welcoming our neighbors from the west.