Set to open in December of 2012 in the old Playa Azul space in East Boulder, Fate Brewing Company at (1600 38th St., Ste. 100) is one of the latest projects to come from Big Red F Restaurant Group veterans. Fate Brewing Company founder Mike Lawinski and chef Tim Berry are the names behind the new project, and both of them come from one of Boulder's premier beer bars: West End Tavern. Lawinski spent 10 years working for Big Red F Restaurant Group, most recently leaving his operations manager position at Centro Latin Kitchen and West End Tavern. It was at West End Tavern where he met Berry, a sous chef at the time.
The new full-service brewery, bar and restaurant will serve farm-fresh and local cuisine with its five original brews. "We will produce five core beers, as well as numerous special releases," Lawinski tells Eater, "including specialty brews, seasonal releases and partnered efforts. We will not only serve our own beer, but will appreciate others, with 30 tap lines." With room to seat 230 guests inside, and an additional 90 seats on the patio.
"We took about 3,000-square-feet to carve out for our brewing facility and that gave us the 4,000-square-foot restaurant we were really looking for," Lawisnki shares, adding that the 7,000-square-foot space immediately struck him as the right spot to bring his long-time dream of operating a brewery and restaurant to fruition. He also says that both the kitchen and bar program will focus on fresh and seasonal. "Attention to local ingredients and making things from scratch, are really important to us."
While Fate Brewing is gearing up for their December opening, they're keeping a few pieces of news hidden before they share publicly, including the announcement of the head brewer. "It helped in the whole vision to build such a dynamic concept around somebody [the TBA head brewer] that you know can pull this off. I've worked with this guy for a couple years and I identified him a long time ago as something special, as he was doing amazing things with nothing as an infrastructure."
When Fate Brewing does open, look for lunch and dinner service Monday through Friday. Lawinski says the brewery will also serve a "pubish, breakfast-brewers-brunch" on weekends that will even incorporate beer, from Head Chef Berry's experience at West End and in barbeque.
Settled in East Boulder, Lawisnki envisions Fate Brewing will bring quality food and great drinks to a neighborhood that currently lacks options. "I have two kids, so family-friendly is really important to me. We really want to be a place that meets people where they're at, regardless of what they've been doing. I don't want anybody to feel like they need to do anything to walk through the door."
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