Sunday, June 30, 2013

Wiley Roots Brewing Company opens for the 1st time in Greeley

Wiley Roots Brewing CompanyHidden behind the activity of the Greeley Independence Stampede this week, a new brewery opened its doors for the 1st time on Saturday in Greeley, Colorado marking the start of a new brewery growth spurt in Weld County's biggest town. Wiley Roots Brewing Company opened its doors for business on Saturday, June 29th for 5 hours as a test run for its upcoming Grand Opening set for Saturday, July 20th.

Owners Kyle and Miranda Carbaugh opened at noon on Saturday and tapped two of their inaugural beers to thirsty customers. Wiley Roots Brewing Company is located at 625 3rd Street Unit D just to the east of the main railroad tracks going through town. The Carbaughs have been brewing beer in anticipation of their Grand Opening and decided to give their new business a thorough shakedown before the Grand Opening.

Kyle Carbaugh stated that they plan to be open weekends, July 6-7 and July 13-14 prior to their Grand Opening July 20th where they will then be open 5 days a week initially. Their business is located in the same building that used to house Crabtree Brewing Company and is situated right next door to Syntax Spirits. The Carbaughs totally remodeled the entire place. The main bar is now on the west side of the interior and there is plenty of seats both at the bar and on tables scattered throughout the area.

Kyle Carbaugh of Wiley Roots Brewing Co

Wiley Roots Brewing Company is brewing on a 10-barrel system and are using three 7-barrel fermenters. Two of their fermenters came from Upslope Brewing in Boulder, Colorado. Their mash tun is a huge round container that was originally built back in the 1950s and was used in a dairy, but with some small modifications works perfectly in the brewery. The mash tun is flexible enough to do batches ranging as small as 20 gallon up to 10 barrels.

Visitors can see all of the brewing equipment set up directly behind the main bar area. Next it the brewhouse sits a walk-in cooler that houses 5 bright tanks that will hold all of their beer. There's plenty of room for at least 10 bright tanks and keg storage in there for future growth.

Wiley Brewing had two beers on tap for their initial opening. The first was their Super 77 American Style Wheat, a refreshing summer brew with a 5.5% ABV rating. The other beer was their Chocolate Porter, a dark beer with hints of chocolate aroma that weighed in at 7.0% ABV. By July 20th, they plan to have two more beers on tap including a Belgian-style Amber with a bigger hop profile, and also a White IPA that will have even more hop flavor and aroma. The Carbaughs also plan to throw in the occasional 1-off brew and rotate in some special beers later on. Currently, their tap wall has fixtures for 6 different beers.

In the back of their taproom is a small lounge area with cushioned seats. Off to the east side, there is a private room with seats for about 12-16 people for private events and overflow seating. A hallway still attaches directly to Syntax Spirits where guests can walk over and try hand crafted distilled spirits.

Wiley Roots plans to also bring in food trucks once they officially open to give patrons options for eating along their beers.

Kyle Carbaugh stated that the entire process of going from planning to opening took a while and their efforts with getting federal, state and city licenses and permits took less time than they thought.

The name "Wiley" came from Kyle's childhood. One of his relatives thought he was rather a mischievous youth and called him Wiley. The name stuck. Originally, they planned to open under the name Wiley Brewing Company, but due to another brewery in the western US that held the naming rights to a Wiley wheat beer, they had to change their name slightly and chose Wiley Roots instead.

Greeley will soon be getting even more breweries in town. Later this Fall, Broken Plow Brewing Company plans to open on the west-central part of town off 10th Street near 47th Avenue, and in 2014 Nostalgic Brewing is making plans to come to Greeley. Does this mean Greeley is finally starting to catch up to towns like Loveland? Let's hope so.

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