The gold rush is over — it’s getting tougher for Denver breweries to survive

“To survive in craft beer moving forward, you’re going to be a high-quality brewer, be a good business, and be very visible in your community.”

Beryl's Beer Co., RiNo, March 24, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points; brewery; beer; nightlife;
Beryl’s Beer Co., RiNo, March 24, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Something unusual is happening in Denver: A brewery is closing.

Beryl’s Beer Co. made the announcement in March. After a little less than four years at 3120 Blake St., they are closing their doors for good.

Restaurants close in Denver all the time, but breweries? It’s a fairly rare occurrence — one that poses the questions of whether the brewery bubble is about to pop.

“I would say there’s no cause for alarm for craft beer and craft beer lovers. However, the landscape is changing and it’s not the gold rush everyone maybe thought it was a few years ago,” said Steve Kurowski, marketing director for the Colorado Brewers Guild. “To survive in craft beer moving forward, you’re going to be a high-quality brewer, be a good business, and be very visible in your community.”


Ever lose your favorite dish when a restaurant moved or closed? A weirdly specific LoDo green chile campaign may just work

“Wednesday was calling Cory Gardner’s office for Net Neutrality stuff and today it’s green chile. You have to have a cause.”

Rob Toftness, the Cherry Cricket chile cruisader, May 18, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; cherry cricket; ballpark; food; chili; chile;
Rob Toftness, the Cherry Cricket chile cruisader, May 18, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

People will go to great lengths for the things they love — spending thousands on pet medical bills, driving halfway across the country for a Beyoncé concert, even agreeing to spend their entire lives with another human.

For Rob Toftness, the love is for chile once served at Breck on Blake. The great lengths are in his campaign to save it.



Things to do in Denver this weekend, May 18-20

Looking for things to do in Denver this weekend? Here’s a big, curated list of options in arts and entertainment, food and drink, causes, sports and more!

The Five Points Jazz Festival, May 21, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The Five Points Jazz Festival, May 21, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s Five Points Jazz Festival weekend (yes, already) and we’ll be out there, so please find us and say hello. Other than that, we don’t particularly care what you decide to do.


All the delightful and confusing things you’ll see as “Happy City” pops up around Denver

One piece of British artist Stuart Semple’s “Happy City” is already causing a stir in Denver, and it hasn’t even officially debuted yet.

Judi Wicks gazes up at "Emotional Baggage Drop" by Stuart Semple inside Union Station, May 15, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; art; happy city; downtown; union station;
Judi Wicks gazes up at “Emotional Baggage Drop” by Stuart Semple inside Union Station, May 15, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

One piece of British artist Stuart Semple’s “Happy City” is already causing a stir in Denver, and it hasn’t even officially debuted yet.

His “Emotional Baggage Drop” has already been installed at Union Station where it’s both delighting and confusing passersby. Redditors have started to speculate and when I went to see it for myself a few days before its May 18 debut, I found several people peering inside the little booth designed to fit in perfectly with its surroundings.

Believing it’s a real thing and not piece of art, one woman said to me — and I’m paraphrasing here — “We must really have everything if we think we need this.”