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Once Littleton City Council made it possible for breweries to open in some commercial areas of the city last year, the city became a viable and popular alternative to the somewhat crowded Denver market. Two have opened their doors since 38 State became the first, Breckenridge Brewery is expected to do so next month, and one seller of brewing supplies saw an opportunity and took it.
"There's friendly competition, but we like to drink and hang out with each other, too," said Chris Phelps of Saint Patrick's.
5950 S. Platte Canyon Road, Littleton
The owners of Locavore, which opened last November, say their landlord was actively looking for a brewery to sign a lease in the center, on the southeast corner of Platte Canyon Road and Bowles Avenue, just as they were actively looking for a spot to set up shop. They say they love the location because of its neighborhood feel and great surrounding demographics.
"Our beer philosophy is you have to make great beer, and you can't be jerks,' said Jason.
"We brew like hell to keep about 14 beers on tap," said Aaron. "If you can't find a beer you like here, you're not trying that hard.
Bierhaus Brewing and Supplies
Owner Bob Haux got in on the game early, about a year and a half ago. He sells supplies for the aspiring home brewer, and teaches the curious how to get started making their own craft creations. His own inspiration came from serving in Germany with the U.S. Air Force, then coming home and realizing he hated the beer here.
"My idea is I'd rather have you make good beer than bad beer, and learn different styles," he said. "And then the style you like, you start brewing your own, and nobody else will have it."
Saint Patrick's Brewing Company
2842 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton
Housed in the same building as Lucile's Creole Café, owner Chris Phelps calls his brewery a combination of Irish pub and Littleton comfort. The Heritage High School graduate closed his Englewood location, where he was for about 18 months, and moved his business back to his hometown, opening on - of course - St. Patrick's Day.
"He's very creative," said Phelps' mom, Bonnie Harris, who helps out with the bookkeeping. "He knows what he's doing in terms of his craft. He really takes the time to investigate and learn, and I think that's what makes his product so good."
Breckenridge Brewery - Farmhouse Brewery and Restaurant
Brewery Lane (It got its own street, north of Aspen Grove off of Santa Fe Drive)
The much-anticipated grand opening of "Breck," as it's affectionately known, is imminent. The Farm House Restaurant at Breckenridge Brewery is scheduled to open May 18, and public tours will begin on Father's Day, June 21. The company will also celebrate its 25th anniversary with a "Hootenanny" on July 18.
"We're moving along at thunderous speed right now," said marketing director Todd Thibault on April 29. "The Brewery has been brewing, and we've got more than 22 batches of beer under our belts. But there's a lot more beer to go to fill all 16 400-barrel fermenters."
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