Here in Denver, anticipation among the local beer drinkers is usually fueled by the opening of a new brewery.
But this time was different. I was waiting for the opening of a homebrew store. Its name is CO-Brew.
I met the owners, Jamie and Janna Williams, through my longtime friend Forrest Bassett. He's a commercial real estate agent who specializes in finding locations for Denver breweries, and he found CO-Brew their spot.
So what makes CO-Brew different and why was I so excited for the opening? Because they do three things no other Denver shop does:
- Operate a Brew on Premises
- Sell homebrew supplies
- Serve their own beer
The Brew on Premises
For those of you that have never heard this term, a Brew on Premises is a concept that allows you to brew a batch of beer away at a business's location and then take the finished bottles or kegs home when it is ready. The benefit is that you don't need to own and store your own brewing equipment, so it's perfect for infrequent brewers or those who are short on space.
Now you Academy reads know that I'm a gadget geek and this is where things get really exciting: CO-Brew owns four 20 Gallon Blichmann BrewEasy systems.
I've been waiting to see one of these in person because it's probably the system I will go with after I sell my Brutus 10. The two main appeals are that they are electric (I'm sick of propane) and they have a very small footprint.
Have a look at this 20-gallon electric BrewEasy system at CO-Brew:
And Jamie has four of these puppies. I'm jealous…
Each system can fit six people so CO-Brew can support up to 24 people at a time in their class. And because the BrewEasy is electric there are fewer concerns about safety than if they used propane or natural gas, and ventilation is not a factor.
The really cool benefit of these systems is that Jamie can use them both for classes and for brewing their own beer to serve at the shop.
I gotta' say, shopping for brewing supplies is way more fun with a beer in your hand. I enjoyed their Scottish Stout while picking our ingredients for my German wheat beer.
There is also a section with high top tables and TVs so you can sit down and enjoy some brews. And as you can see, they carry newer gear like the Brewtech Brew Bucket and the Speidel fermenters.
I think CO-Brew has a great thing going with it's brew on premises/brewery/shop concept. If you're a Denver homebrewer, make sure to check them out.