A new craft brewery is coming to the Town of Castle Rock; BURLY Brewing Company has officially started construction on their new brewery and taproom. Now the countdown is on for them to become Castle Rock’s fourth craft brewery by early 2018. This is exciting news if you’re a Castle Rocker like us, or if you need a reason besides the outlet mall make more frequent trips to Castle Rock.
We met BURLY Brewing Company founder George Goodman a few months ago, shortly after he signed the lease for his brewery space. Goodman was excited to tell us all about his brewery and his enthusiasm was contagious. He gave us a peek inside the future brewery location, told us all about his plans, and even let us sample a few of his brews. Based on what we’ve seen (and tasted) so far, we think BURLY Brewing Company will be a great addition to our local Castle Rock beer scene.
About BURLY Brewing Company
Goodman has been an avid homebrewer for five years. He was introduced to the hobby by a neighbor while living in Dallas and immediately fell in love with making beer. An optometrist by day, Goodman found brewing was the perfect activity to engage both the artistic and scientific sides of his brain. He loves the math, the science and the creativity that goes into each beer recipe.
Homebrewing ignited a spark within Goodman. When his Oktoberfest Marzen won first place in a brewing competition, that spark became a burning passion. After moving to Castle Rock, Goodman befriended the brewers at his neighborhood craft brewery, 105 West Brewing Company. From that, he got more insight into the brewing business and became inspired to take his love of brewing to the next level by opening his own craft brewery.
The step from homebrewer to craft brewery owner is a big one. Even if you make amazing beers it’s a huge and daunting leap of faith to invest the time, money and patience needed to open a brewery. Goodman knows this and did not make the decision lightly. However, once he decided to pull the trigger he became hyper-focused on making his new business successful. He created a business plan, secured key investors, sought out advice from professionals and consultants, and has been careful and thoughtful with every decision.
Even the name BURLY didn’t come easily. Not sure what to call his brewery, Goodman took advantage of a road trip with his young sons to brainstorm ideas for a name. When someone suggested BURLY, they all agreed it was the winner. From there Goodman had a logo designed, and together the new branding helped inspire the look and feel of the brewery. He’s also put the branding to good use as a marketing tool. Goodman and his team of family, friends, and investors are doing their part to make sure everyone in Castle Rock gets to know the BURLY name. To his credit, it’s hard not to stop and notice the BURLY truck when you see it around town.
Inside BURLY Brewing Company
BURLY Brewing Company will open in an industrial strip center just south of Wolfsenberger Road (680 Atchison Way Suite 700-800, Castle Rock.) The brewery and taproom are expected to be just under 5000 square feet. The taproom design is meant to evoke the feel of a log cabin, with plenty of natural wood and custom-made decor. Inside there will be a stage for live music, while outside will feature a small patio. Below are some sketches of the original idea for the space, courtesy of BURLY Brewing Company.
Inside the brewhouse, Goodman will have a 10 BBL, 2-vessel system. He’ll have seven 10 BBL fermenters and two 10 BBL brite tanks (one of which will be ASME rated for nitrogenating), plus four 20 BBL fermenters and one 20 BBL brite tank. The result will be a total of 3500 BBL annual brewing capacity. Goodman’s plan is to focus on a few flagship beers plus rotating seasonal and experimental brews to help eventually fill the majority of his 24 tap handles. Beyond BURLY beer, they plan to have craft soda and kombucha on tap.
BURLY Brewing Timeline
When we initially spoke with Goodman he was hoping for a late January opening, but building permits delays have pushed the timeline out a bit. Now with permits in hand and construction underway, BURLY Brewing is hoping for on a mid-February 2018 grand opening. If all goes according to plans, brewing equipment will be delivered in the next few weeks and they’ll be brewing in the completed brewhouse by Christmas.
For more information on BURLY Brewing Company’s progress, follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/BURLYBrewCo
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When BURLY Brewing Company opens they will be the new kids on the block. They’ll join our three already established Castle Rock breweries, Rockyard Brewing Company, 105 West Brewing Company and Castle Rock Beer Co. We hope a fourth brewery will make the Town of Castle Rock a more alluring destination for craft beer lovers from Denver and Colorado Springs.
Amazing beer being made in Castle Rock, but you don’t have to just take that from us. Two of our three existing breweries won medals at last month’s Great American Beer Festival. Rockyard won a gold medal for their Plum Creek Sour, while 105 West Brewing won a silver medal for their Lemon Rye. So if you haven’t been to Castle Rock to check out our small-but-mighty craft beer scene lately, maybe now is the time to plan a trip.
Rockyard Brewing Company
880 Castleton Rd
Castle Rock, Colorado 80109
105 West Brewing Company
1043 Park St
Castle Rock, Colorado 80109
Castle Rock Beer Co
514 N Perry St
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
BURLY Brewing Company
680 Atchison Way Suite 700-800
Castle Rock, Colorado 80109
Opening in 2018