It’s hard to open a sake taproom in Colorado, but new legislation could change that

Colorado Sake Co. hopes state legislators will tweak alcohol laws to allow sake to be elevated.

Colorado Sake Co. CEO William Stuart (left to right), Lyla, production manager Russ Eubanks and sales and events manager Heather Dennis in their sake production facility in Five Points. Jan. 29, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; five points; rino; commercial real estate; bars; nightlife; sake;
Colorado Sake Co. CEO William Stuart (left to right), Lyla, production manager Russ Eubanks and sales and events manager Heather Dennis in their sake production facility in the River North section of Five Points. Jan. 29, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Colorado alcohol producers are allowed to have taprooms for beer, tasting rooms for wine and speakeasies for spirits.

But state rules don’t make it easy to create spaces exclusively for sake.


Open Door Tea Shop offers second chances and creative outlets for the formerly and currently incarcerated

The little Cole shop employs people who were once incarcerated and sells art by people serving lengthy or life sentences.

Open Door Tea Shop in the Cole neighborhood, Jan. 30, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) tea shop; coffee shop; food; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; cole; social enterprise;
Open Door Tea Shop in the Cole neighborhood, Jan. 30, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

In an unassuming storefront on the corner of Bruce Randolph Avenue and Franklin Street, lives are changing.

Open Door Tea Shop opened for business about seven weeks ago, and already the work they do there has benefited people in Denver and elsewhere in Colorado.

The little Cole shop employs people who were once incarcerated and sells art by people serving lengthy or life sentences, giving the proceeds directly to the families of those inmates. And the art is selling well.


Where’s Denver’s best coffee shop? It’s time for the championship round of our bracket!

Your Mile High Coffee Quest finalists are…

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It’s been a riveting month and a half, Denver, but we’re almost ready to name Denver’s favorite coffee shop.

After a nail-bitingly close round of voting, our bracket is down to the final two. It’s time for you to pick a champion.

Your Mile High Coffee Quest finalists are…