Come Saturday, February 21, residents in the area of Regis University will have a new spot to take in a pint with the grand opening of Goldspot Brewing Company. Located at West 50th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard—just beyond the boundaries of the Berkeley 'hood—Goldspot is the joint effort between a pair of brothers-in-law: Matt Hughes and Alex Sward.
Hughes moved to Colorado from Texas back in 2005, and the next year was able to easily attend the Great American Beer Fest, before the days of tickets selling out in minutes. That experience got him into craft beer and eventually home brewing, and as a commercial insurance broker and risk manager, he hoped to work with craft breweries down the line. He actually ended up spending more than a year at Wynkoop Brewing as an assistant brewer learning about filtering, carbonating, conditioning, and more—even the sales and delivery sides.
Following the birth of his second child, Hughes went back to full-time insurance work. Not too much time later, Sward, who had been doing distilling, began pitching the idea of opening a brewery. They put together a business plan and eventually found the 2,000-square-foot location on a strip of Lowell Boulevard that includes neighbors the Noshery and Dubbeldutch.
Hughes says they may strive to be a production brewery someday, but for now are mostly content to sell beer through the taproom and occasional kegs to restaurants and bars. He and Sward are focused on consistency and nailing down the recipes, producing mostly English- and Belgian-style ales.
The six opening beers on tap include Julia's Blessing, a Kolsch-style ale finished with honey from Hughes' father's bee farm; a collaborative IPA with Cerebral Brewing called Uh Huh Honey that also gets a finish of Colorado wildflower honey and Southern Hemisphere hops; the flagship IPA; a chocolate coffee porter, to which cocoa nibs from Belize are added post-fermentation; a Belgian pale ale that drinks like a wheat; and an imperial stout. Through learning from other brewers, Hughes has also developed an affinity for barrel-aged brews, and is looking to create blends in a thoughtful manner as well.
Goldspot's taproom features exposed brick and a glass garage door opening to the street, and within you'll find a bar top and furniture pieces made with reclaimed wood from Berthoud's Circle Goods Reclaimed. The 20-foot community table came from a laminated beam that held up a grocery store in Kansas City, while the high-top tables and bar surface are made with reused flooring from boxcars that transported wine and beer several decades ago.
For the grand opening celebration on the 21st, look for festivities running from noon to 10 p.m., including pizza from the Basic Kneads food truck. Goldspot Brewing Company is located at 4970 Lowell Boulevard and will be open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.