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Garage Brewed Beer Gets A Home: A Preview of Crystal Springs Brewing Co. in Louisville

Tom Horst turned his garage in Sunshine Canyon into a professional licensed brewery in May of 2009. Since then, Crystal Springs Brewing Co. has grown via word of mouth, and gained interest through its participation in Colorado beer festivals. Horst brews a proprietary beer for The Kitchen restaurants, a black IPA called Stagehouse 1899, as well as a collaboration scotch ale with Boulder's FATE Brewing.

This weekend, Crystal Springs will open a larger facility and taproom at 657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E in Louisville, adding one more brewery to the already booming craft beer industry in Boulder county. The brewery is slated to open next week.

Ian Clark, the owner of BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats, attributes his initial licensing to Tom Horst. Clark also opened a brewery in his garage, and Horst helped him navigate the legal red tape involved. "I knew it could be done," says Clark. "So I wrote Tom a letter, and he told me what to ask the city for."

Horst and a new crew have begun brewing in their new Louisville facility. The new taproom will feature 13 taps. Some of the upcoming beer releases include this year's version of the Solano chili beer that will come out in 3-4 weeks, as well as Doc's American porter, Butch extra pale ale, and Black Sattle stout. The new space and equipment will triple Crystal Springs' current production.


Crystal Springs Brewery is named after the original Crystal Springs Brewing and Ice Company that was founded in Boulder in 1875.

· Crystal Springs Brewing
· Crystal Springs Brewing Company is Boulder's Smallest [Daily Camera]
· Beer Beyond The City: The Front Range Brewery Guide [EDen]
· Colorado's Top Brewers and Great Recipes From Local Chefs Now Featured in Two Books [EDen]

Crystal Springs Brewery

657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E , Louisville , CO 80027

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