The first brews have been sampled and the grand opening is right around the corner for Highlands Ranch’s very first craft brewery.
Grist Brewing Company, located across Town Center Drive from Shea Stadium at 9150 Commerce Center Circle, will open its doors to the public at noon, Nov. 2.
“We’ve had a lot of walk-ins, people curious about whether we are open already,” said brewer/operator Rob Kevwitch. “It seems like there is a pretty good buzz out there. I will be happy when I don’t have to turn people away anymore.”
The brewery, which will be open seven days a week, will have six beers on tap for the opening. They include the Staple India Pale Ale, Transition State Kolsch, Touch Line Brown, Niobrara Stout, Third Ring Belgian Strong Ale and Window Tour Hefeweizen.
There will be four oz. taster sizes available for purchase for all six selections, 10 oz. snifters of the Belgian Strong, pints of the rest, and 64 oz. growlers of all.
“We are hitting all the notes with the opening,” said brewer Dustin Dahl. “We have everything from light to dark to strong, so there is a little something for everybody. We’ll be keeping it true to style with each of the brews but with our own little twist.”
The brewery is all about local, said Kevwitch. They are giving their spent grain to Clough Cattle Company in Highlands Ranch, using reclaimed water, a 20-barrel brewhouse purchased from W.M. Sprinkman Corp. in Wisconsin and sprucing up the joint with reclaimed Colorado wood and local art.
The only non-American product or ingredients that will be used, he said, are some specialty grains from England and Germany.
In addition to a large taproom highlighted by an angular bar in the center and three 55-inch TVs, patrons will have a view of beer being made as the brew house is located on the other side of a waist-high wall. Tours will also be available to all patrons.
“We want them to really feel like they are in a brewery,” said Kevwitch, an award-winning home brewer who grew up in Acres Green and graduated from Highlands Ranch High School in 1994. “We don’t want this to feel like just any other bar.”
While the brewery does not have its own kitchen, El Toro the Tot will be serving up Spanish burgers, specialty tots and croquettes on site during the opening.
For more information, visit www.GristBrewingCompany.com.