Huge turnout greets new brewery in Frederick
It didn't take long after the doors opened at Echo Brewing Company today before it became standing room only. The small town of Frederick, Colorado got a new brewery today as the Richards family of two twin brothers and two sisters held their Grand Opening at 5969 Iris Parkway at 2pm.
Fermentedly Challenged was on hand when the doors officially opened for the first time on Saturday, April 14th, 2012. At the door to greet everyone was co-owner and one of the brewers Dennis Richards. He invited me for a quick behind the scenes tour of their new 7-barrel brewhouse in the back of the building.
Dennis and his brother Daniel brewed up four different beers to debut at the grand opening today including their: Mountain Ice IPA, the Echo ESB, a Kirby Kolsch and an Irish Red. These were just the starters to what they hope will be 8 different beers on tap shortly with some weekly Firkins that they will start serving later on. There are even plans for serving up their own brand of root beer for the kids and designated drivers. In the next couple of weeks they also plan to unveil a Milk Stout and a Munich Helles beer as well.
The big shiny new tasting room has plenty of room for at least 60 seated patrons. Within 2 hours after opening, all of these seats were full and it was estimated that between 150 and 200 people were in attendance, both inside and outside in the roped off parking lot where the Oskar Blues Bonewagon truck was parked.
The tasting room had two flat screen TVs for showing off all the latest sports games going on. On one side of the room there was a popcorn machine where customers could help themselves to some free popcorn. On the west side of the tasting room is a cozy seating area with a wooden floor and cushioned seats for a more cozy environment.
Mother Nature was stirring outside and while it didn't rain during the first couple of hours of their opening, it was windy enough to cause two of their outdoor tents to be taken down, postponing some live music and moving some remote keg taps. But otherwise it was a nice cool day for a grand opening.
Today's opening is the culmination of many months of work. The Richards (Dennis, Daniel, Katie and Melissa) obtained access to the building last summer and after 9 months of hard effort they managed to open their doors in mid-April.
Not only were there plenty of thirsty fans in attendance, but a variety of other business owners and upcoming brewery owners were in attendance. Local merchant Thomas Martinez of The Brewery Closet was there, as was Leslie Kaczeus from Bootstrap Brewing (Niwot), also Gary Valliere from the American Craft Beer Radio show was sampling brews, some of the Nostalgic Brewing Company crew, and also Mark Spaulding of Atom Brewing (Erie) was checking out the opening, and in addition - Ron Popma and Pat Hartman of Mobile Canning was there to scope out the new business.
There were so many beer fans, musicians and bloggers like me there that I'm sure I missed talking with so many of them as the crowd got quite thick after a while. It was sure a great turnout for this grand opening.
I was able to sample two of their four beers while I was there. There Irish Red is a nice roasty red brew weighing at at 4.9% ABV. And also the Ice Mountain IPA, their strongest on tap today, weighed in at 6.4% ABV and had a nice big citrusy & piney nose and a nice malt base. Both were delicious.
The other two brews were popular with the crowd including the Echo ESB - an Extra Special Bitter weighing in at 5.1% ABV. And the other brew was their Kirby Kolsch, a light colored brew weighing in at 5.4% ABV.
Dennis Richards stated that they soon hope to offer up kegs of their beer to local restaurants and in the not too distant future branch out and put some of their beers into cans. They still have plenty of room for now to expand their capacity if needed.
If you'd like to visit Echo Brewing Company, it's not too far from I-25. I took I-25 exit 240 (Hwy 119/Co Rd 24) and headed East a couple miles to Colorado Boulevard. Then turned right and headed south for just over 3 miles and turned west onto Iris Parkway at their sign and went a block or so to Echo Brewing. They are open 6 days a week (not Mondays). Check out their Facebook page and soon a new web site at www.echobrewing.com.
Echo Brewing Company
5969 Iris Parkway
Email: info [at] echobrewing.com
You can park in the lot outside the brewery on the west side or out on the street on the south side of the building.
A video showing the tasting room during the Grand Opening is below. If you can't view it here you can view it on YouTube at: youtu.be/K78bm1_YnO0.
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