You can make the grand opening of The Jailhouse if you're in Buena Vista on East Main Street by noon today. Just look for the large iron gate leading to a community garden filled with aspen trees and rose bushes.
There you'll find the brand new craft beer bar owned by Colorado native and Denver industry veteran Sarah Haughey. The Jailhouse opens Thursday inside a landmark 19th Century stable-turned-jail in the town of 2,700.
After working for Crooked Stave and Elevation Brewing, Haughey recently left Denver with plans to bring her passion to the mountains.
Her new bar sits inside a 1,000-square-foot converted stone and wood-beamed structure. It's filled with period lighting and accents, but the tap list is entirely new for valley patrons. On Thursday, Casey Brewing & Blending, Cannonball Creek, Comrade, Melvin, La Cumbre, Perennial, Almanac, Oakshire, and Victory are all debuting.
"I want to give the people of Buena Vista and the surrounding area the opportunity to try as much beer as their taste buds can handle," Haughey said. "Our selection will always rotate and will always offer something for everyone."
The Jailhouse also offers a selection of bottles and cans, as well as a small wine list.
Customers can take their beers to front or back patios, where The Divide food truck will be serving Italian-inspired dishes during bar hours: Noon to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
All photos by Scott Anderson.