Before craft beer was all the rage, Odell Brewing Co. got its start in 1989 in Fort Collins. Growing from humble beginnings to the 27th largest craft brewery in the country, the sudsy team is planning a 4,000-square-foot, two-story taproom and pilot brewery at 30th and Larimer streets, according to Westword.
"For years we’ve explored the potential of a second taproom, and Denver has always been at the top of that list," Odell CEO and co-founder, Wynn Odell said in a public statement, further acknowledging they’re growing from Larimer County to Larimer Street.
RiNo is largely considered one of the most competitive beer neighborhoods in the state, with 12 existing breweries – from Ratio Beerworks to Black Shirt Brewing Co. – and two more on the way, including a pilot from New Belgium. A highly localized industry advocacy group, Drink RiNo, also formed with all the boozy businesses – breweries, ciders, wineries, distilleries.
Odell made phone calls to several of the surrounding breweries last week, informing them of their new project, noting the collaborative culture in the industry.
Construction is expected to begin this summer, with hopes for opening before the end of the year, but the potential to extend into 2018. The 100-year-old space, which will be located directly next door to Denver’s first Shake Shack, will include two bars with 15 Odell tap handles, an outdoor patio with two fire pits, a live music stage and rooftop patio. The pilot brewhouse will focus on experimental beers unavailable at the other taproom.