It all started with a dream that Abby and Zach George came up with while backpacking in Europe years ago. “We’ve always been in love with beer, wine, food and being around people,” Zach George …
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It all started with a dream that Abby and Zach George came up with while backpacking in Europe years ago.
“We’ve always been in love with beer, wine, food and being around people,” Zach George said. “We enjoy providing the community with a fun, social atmosphere.”
Upon returning to the U.S., the Georges started homebrewing and took some small-business courses. Then, about a decade later, the two discovered Golden by chance and bought their home in Pleasant View.
And on Sept. 20, 2013, their dream came true when the husband-and-wife team opened Barrels & Bottles, 600 12th St., in downtown Golden.
Fast forward six years, and the Georges will be expanding on their dream and opening another location in the Pleasant View community.
“We’re excited to be a part of an area in Golden that’s developing, but already has a strong community feel,” Abby George said. “Pleasant View is a great spot with amazing people.”
The two had been renting the warehouse space, 1055 Orchard St., where the new brewery will be located for quite a while now, the Georges said. Eventually, the former owner asked if they wanted to purchase it.
The Georges bought it last September. The use had to be changed, and the county approved the rezone in March. The Georges are in the process of obtaining various permits for operations and are aiming for a mid-summer opening date.
“This is a popular place,” said Laura Stroy of Golden who lives about a quarter mile from Barrels & Bottles’ downtown location. “It’s exciting that they’ll have another location. I’m always happy to see local Golden businesses grow and be successful enough to do so.”
Stroy enjoys the brewery because it has a laid-back atmosphere where she comes alone to get some work done in the afternoons, but can also double as a fun and entertaining place where she and her husband can bring a group of friends during the evenings.
Among its patrons, Barrels & Bottles is affectionally known simply as B&B, Abby George said. And to incorporate their last name of George, while paying homage to a pillar landmark in the community, the proposed name for the Pleasant View location is B&B at Camp George West.
The Georges are planning on using about 3,000 square feet of the 5,000-square-foot building. The tasting room and the outdoor patio will each be about 1,000 square feet. There will also be onsite parking.
It will operate similarly as the downtown location — in that it is a brew pub, meaning it will have a kitchen and can offer guest beers and wines available on tap.
“We’re still concentrating on being a neighborhood brewery in both locations,” Abby George said. “We still want to know all the people who come through the door as friends.”
But most of the primary brewing operations will take place in the new location, producing most of the beer for both locations. It will boast a seven-barrel system, compared to the downtown location’s three-barrel system. When the Pleasant View location is open, the downtown location will downsize to a one-barrel, small-batch system. With that, the Georges are hoping to work with home brewers and perhaps Colorado School of Mines’ brewing science class on some joint brewing projects.
“It’s fun to introduce people to the craft and collaborate with others,” Zach George said.
At the Pleasant View location, the Georges eventually plan to implement a short-term rental type of establishment to attract the beer enthusiast to take advantage of local breweries, restaurants and the outdoor recreation the area offers. But that is at least another year out, the Georges said.
“I wish them the best,” said Rich Rishel of Wheat Ridge, who has been a regular customer for about four years. “I’m interested to see if they’re going to come up with some new formulas for beer.”
And that is likely, said Mitch Leavelle, Barrels & Bottles’ new head brewer.
“The point is to have a well-rounded tap list,” said Leavelle, who has been brewing professionally for about five years. “My goal is to ensure that everyone who walks through the doors will find something that they enjoy.”
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