August 06, 2022
It's the weekend, and we've got the deets on new breweries and restaurants.
☔ Today's weather: Sunny, with highs near 90° this morning before clouds and rain intrude in the afternoon.
- Sunday is cooler, with highs near 80° and mostly cloudy, with showers expected.
Today's newsletter is 630 words — a 2-minute read.
1 big thing: New beer is pouring in Colorado
More than a half-dozen new breweries started pouring beer in recent weeks or plan to open their doors by the end of the year.
Why it matters: In the face of economic headwinds, the craft beer industry continues to see opportunities, as people return to taprooms in post-pandemic times.
What to know: Here's a look at the new beer landscape.
- Westbound & Down, the Idaho Springs-based beer maker, recently opened an outpost at Dairy Block in downtown Denver. It's a pop-up, but the brewery is hoping to make it permanent in 2023.
- Brix Brew & Tap in downtown Greeley is now pouring under a new name, TightKnit Brewing. The owners say they wanted the name to reflect the way they operate.
What to watch: A handful of other breweries are preparing to open in the coming months.
- Cerebral Brewing — known for its hazy IPAs and decadent stouts — is getting close to brewing its first batch at its new location on Colfax Avenue in Aurora, a couple miles down the road from its Denver hub.
- Second Dawn Brewing is under construction in an old auto body shop on Dayton Street near Stanley Marketplace in Aurora. Ross Koenigs, formerly at New Belgium in Fort Collins, tells us he's aiming for a November opening.
Keep reading … 3 more breweries to watch
2. Call Your Mother is bringing its bagels to Denver
Details: The beloved bagelry, which has expanded rapidly since its 2018 debut, announced plans to open two locations in the Mile High City as soon as next spring, the Washingtonian reports.
- One shop will be nestled in Capitol Hill, and the other on Tennyson Street. Both will boast bright Instagram-worthy colors — a CYM signature.
- In addition to serving its staples, like the Royal Palm with smoked salmon and capers, the chain plans to offer a few fresh items in partnership with local restaurants. (Details remain under wraps for now.)
What they're saying: CYM owners Andrew Dana and Daniela Moreira scouted cities across the country before falling in love with Colorado, where Dana's goddaughter lives.
- "It felt like home. We love the architecture. We love the neighborhoods. It has these great different pockets. It feels a lot like D.C.," Dana told the Washingtonian.
🥯 Alayna's thought bubble: My fiancé and I used to live a few blocks from the OG location in DC, and I can confirm these bagels are bomb. But lines can be wildly long.
- Pro tip: Assuming the fandom is contagious in Colorado, go early on a weekday morning to avoid the crowd (Thursdays and Fridays can be busy), grab a tub of their homemade schmear and order a dozen bagels to store in your freezer.
3. What we learned this week
🌻 You can pick your own sunshine just 45 minutes from Denver.
🚫 One way to crack down on crime is to ban food trucks from operating near downtown bars. At least, that's what Denver officials say.
💦 Congress Park Pool has reopened at last with a splashy, $10 million makeover.
💪 Buyers now have the upper hand when navigating the Denver metro housing market.
🏝️ Colorado is no longer an island for abortion access in the region.
😬 5 numbers paint a (not-so-pretty) picture of downtown.
4. Hot homes in Denver starting at $685k
Great houses hit the market every week, but this bunch is especially swoon-worthy, Axios' Brianna Crane writes.
Why we love it: The pitched warm wood ceiling and ample windows give this spacious home a mid-century feel.
- Neighborhood: Park Forest
- Realtor: Lori Abbey and Noah Schneider at Compass
- Specs: 4 beds, 2.5 baths, 3,107 square feet
- Notable features: Multiple fireplaces, home gym, basement
Our weekend picks:
⛺ John is headed camping in this Colorado mountain range for the first time.
✈️ Alayna is hopping on a plane to Mexico City. See you in a week!
🌴 Esteban is back Monday.
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