It takes a space, equipment, and beer to open a brewery, and those components are nearly ready to debut at Mockery Brewing, which opens in the RiNo neighborhood on Friday, November 7. Experienced brewer Zach Rabun is behind the project, along with his wife Rachel and other family members. Rabun previously spent time at Coors, followed by several years at Elk Mountain Brewing in Parker, where he worked his way up to head brewer.
After landing the space a little over a year ago, Rabun left Elk Mountain earlier this year to concentrate on building his own brewhouse. He had looked all over town for the right location, and after learning more about RiNo through city planning meetings, he was excited to contribute to the area's growth.
Mockery Brewing's name is rooted in playful origins, taking aim at the old German beer purity law called the Reinheitsgebot. The decree stated that malt, water, and hops (and later yeast) were the sole ingredients to be used in beer. This new brewery tosses that rule out, however, favoring beers of different styles that buck old-world traditions.
"We'll have all kinds of different flavors, from vanilla [bourbon porter] to peach blonde, and a salted scotch ale," Rabun says. "We'll be doing a lot of beers that would violate the Reinheitsgebot."
The opening tap lineup will feature nine offerings, including a black IPA, rye saison, and seasonal pumpkin Oktoberfest ale. There's room for 12 on tap at a time, and Rabun anticipates keeping four or so mainstays, while rotating out others.
And though Mockery Brewing doesn't adhere to the Reinheitsgebot, it is taking cues from Bavaria with a biergarten out back, where German-style picnic tables, string lights, and games will set the vibe. Both the outdoor area and the 40-seat taproom will be dog-friendly. In addition to enjoying brews onsite, beers will also be sold by the growler, and a canning line may be added after a year.
Rabun is aiming to have food trucks onsite seven days a week, starting with the grand opening celebration on November 7. Kicking off at 3 p.m., Friday's event will include fusion tacos from Mestizos, with the Pride of Philly on hand for Saturday. On opening day guests will also be able to watch live as local artist Gamma Acosta spray-paints the bathroom doors with the images of He-Man and Wonder Woman.
Mockery Brewing is located at 3501 Delgany Street and will be open Monday through Thursday from 3 to 9 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.