Jackass Hill Brewery is slated to open this winter — hopefully before Christmas — at 2409 West Main Street in downtown Littleton. Here are five things to know about the hot new place to get a …
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Jackass Hill Brewery is slated to open this winter — hopefully before Christmas — at 2409 West Main Street in downtown Littleton. Here are five things to know about the hot new place to get a cold brewski.
It started as a front porch and a T-shirt
You may have seen Jackass Hill Brewery T-shirts floating around town. The brewery, which until now has existed in name only, is the brainchild of Pat Somers, a longtime Littleton resident.
Somers has long invited friends and neighbors to watch the sunset from his porch near Jackass Hill Road, said Darcy Coghill, one of the brewery's co-owners. Somers started calling his porch Jackass Hill Brewery, and printed up T-shirts with the name.
When Somers started selling the shirts at Western Welcome Week, people asked when the brewery would open for real, Coghill said.
“Pat got a bunch of his old friends together, and we found a location, and here we are,” Coghill said.
The brewer's been around the block
Jackass Hill Brewery landed an expert brewer in Brian Reinecke, Coghill said.
“We couldn't ask for a more experienced guy,” Coghill said.
Reinecke started brewing at home in 1993, he said, and landed his first professional job in Kansas City in 1995. In the years since, he's worked for Breckenridge Brewery, Southern Sun Brewery, and most recently was the head brewer for Sleeping Giant Brewing.
“Brewing just makes me happy, plain and simple,” Reinecke said. “I plan on spending a lot of time behind the bar, but I also like to mingle incognito with the patrons so I can get unfiltered feedback.”
Beers for conoisseurs and amateurs
Jackass Hill Brewery will feature 24 taps, Coghill said.
“The plan is for half of those to be our own brews, and the other half will be guest beers,” Coghill said. “We're going to try to keep it to Colorado beers. We'll also have a small range of small-batch spirits.”
The beers don't have names yet, Coghill said, but early selections will include a blonde ale, a single-hop IPA, an Irish stout and a seasonal porter.
“I'm also going to try to hit some other niches,” said Reinecke, the brewer. “I want to do some gluten free, some ciders — something for everybody.”
The plan is to offer something for the discerning beer snob, Coghill said, as well as for newbies to the world of craft beer.
“It's a brewpub, too, so we'll have food like chips and salsa, quesadillas and charcuterie boards,” Coghill said.
Get ready to get educated
Coghill said she hopes to educate people on the finer points of specialty brews.
“We want to make beer approachable for those who are just learning or want to broaden their knowledge,” Coghill said. “We'll take people on an adventure through different styles.”
One plan, she said, is to make three or four different beers with the same recipe, but with a different type of hops in each one.
“You'll be able to taste them side-by-side and learn the subtle differences,” Coghill said.
It'll be a place to gather
All told, Jackass Hill Brewery will have seating for 200 people, Coghill said, with 80 seats indoors and another 120 on an outdoor patio.
Coghill said she and her cohorts are busily refurbishing the building, which was previously a bank.
“It's going to have a more rustic Colorado feel,” Coghill said. “That means lots of brick and barnwood.”
Coghill said the company is excited to be part of downtown.
“The merchants here are so active in creating engaging events for the community, and we want to get in on that,” Coghill said. “We want to give people another reason to come to Main Street.”
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