Friday, June 29, 2012

Loveland Aleworks prepping for opening

Loveland AleworksIt's been a long time coming, but construction on the new Loveland Aleworks is nearly complete and owner / brewer Nick Callaway is about ready for an opening.

It all started back in August 2011 when Callaway signed the lease at the old building at 118 W. 4th Street in the downtown area of Loveland. Since then, he's been hard at work gutting and refitting his new brewery. And now, there's just a couple more city inspections, some taps to install and some new facade work to complete out front before they opened their doors for the first time.

Nick graciously gave a tour of his facility during a recent BBQ-Beer Pairing Competition hosted at the brewery on Wednesday. There were two Loveland Aleworks beers being paired that night - their Belgian Pale Ale and their American Wheat Ale. Callaway stated that he didn't intend to give his beers official names, rather he's going to just call them what they are.

Callaway said that he doesn't plan to particularly stick to traditional style guidelines with his beers. He likes to stick to his tried and true recipes that he's perfected in the 11 years that he's been homebrewing.

If all goes according to plan, Loveland Aleworks could do a soft opening as early as this weekend. No official date for a Grand Opening has been set until the last of the inspections are completed this week. (Update: Officially opened July 4, 2012)

Loveland Aleworks has a 10 barrel brewhouse. The mash tun can actually put out nearly 11 barrels and his multiple 10 barrel fermenters can churn out a lot of beer. Callaway plans to initially brew twice a week and pick up the pace as business progresses.

Owner/Brewer Nick Callaway Loveland Aleworks beers

The brewery has a conditioning area, a malt storage area, a big walk in cooler with 5 big brite tanks, a keg room and a tap room that has the capacity to seat 82 people inside and another 17 or so people outside on the sidewalk patio out front.

Expect to see at least 3 beers on tap on opening day. In addition to the two beers mentioned above, they are also finishing up an IPA as well. Callaway plans to eventually host regular firkins and specialty beers on site.

Loveland Aleworks will become the 4th brewery in Loveland behind Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Big Beaver Brewing and Rock Bottom Brewing. A 5th brewery, Verboten Brewing is also in the works in Loveland slated for a December 2012 opening.

Loveland Aleworks
118 West 4th Street
Loveland, CO 80537
(970) 405-7465

(Top right photo courtesy Loveland Aleworks - all others

Update: Loveland Aleworks officially opened on July 4th, 2012!!

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