Opening This Weekend: Great Frontier Brewing & Tivoli Brewing

TGIF y’all! We don’t know about you, but we’re so ready to start this weekend. The cooler weather we experienced mid-week is a reminder that we’re only guaranteed a few more hot summer weekends, so it’s time to take advantage of them while we can. For us that means some hiking, spending some quality time in the backyard, and taking advantage of sitting on a sunny patio somewhere to enjoy some delicious craft beers.

Two New Breweries To Visit This Weekend

If you haven’t already made plans for how you’ll spend the next few days of freedom, why not stop by and visit one of the two new breweries that are opening this weekend. Great Frontier Brewing Company is opening in Lakewood today, and Tivoli Brewing Co in Denver is celebrating the grand opening of their new brewery tomorrow. We can’t say for sure if either has a patio, but either way, you should take the time to stop by, say hi, and welcome them to our extended craft beer neighborhood. Maybe you’ll see us there having a beer or two.

Great Frontier Brewing Company

Great Frontier Brewing Company officially opens their doors today in Lakewood. This new 15-barrel microbrewery will offer traditional, gluten-free and gluten-reduced craft beers. Great Frontier’s founder and head brewer, Mike Plungis, wants to brew great gluten-free beers that taste just like traditional craft beers. He was inspired to brew gluten-free beer after a number of family and friends, including his wife Annie, were diagnosed with gluten intolerance or Celiac disease. 

Mike’s first recipe, Blonde Annie, previously scored so well in homebrew competitions that in 2011 he brewed it in collaboration with Strange Craft Beer. The beer was entered into the Great American Beer Festival that year, where it won a gold medal. So whether you have an issue with gluten or not, stop by and try some of Great Frontier’s brews. The doors open tonight at 5 pm.

Great Frontier Brewing Company
2010 S Oak St
Lakewood, CO 80227

Tivoli Brewing Co

Consider this less of a new brewery opening and more of a new chapter of the Tivoli Beer story. The story began back in 1864 when the brewery originally opened as Sigi’s Brewery. In 1900 John Good acquired Sigi’s and he renamed the brewery to Tivoli, after the famous amusement park in Copenhagen. Tivoli grew over the years, surviving prohibition by making soda. By the 1950s, Tivoli Brewery was one of the largest breweries in the county, producing up to 150,000 barrels of beer a year that were sold everywhere west of the Mississippi. The brewery continued to operate until 1969 when an ownership change and some financial setbacks finally caused the Tivoli Brewery to close. At the time of their closing, Tivoli was the second oldest continuously operating brewery in the country, after Yuengling.

Fortunately for beer lovers and history buffs alike Tivoli Beer has been reborn. In 2012 a group of native Coloradans formed the Tivoli Distributing Company, and since August 2012 they’ve been brewing Tivoli Beer at guest breweries around town. This Saturday Tivoli Brewery is celebrating the grand opening of their permanent home, built in the original Tivoli Brewery Building, underneath the massive twin brew kettles that once made beer for the entire west. It’s history repeating itself in the best and most delicious way possible! The grand opening celebration begins on Saturday at 4 pm.

Tivoli Brewing Co
899 Auraria Pkwy
Denver Co 80204

Whatever this weekend brings your way, we hope you have a fun one.



  1. Dave Meeson

    That’s pretty cool that the old Tivoli is going to be the new Tivoli. Might have to head up to Denver next weekend and check that out!

    • Chris

      We agree… you should come check them out! I know we can’t wait to see the new/old brewery.

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