Update: Goed Zuur is set to open Monday, May 8 at 3 p.m.
Goed Zuur expects to begin pouring life back into a more than 120-year-old spot in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood starting this spring.
The pub focused solely on sour and wild beers is tentatively set to open April 7. Goed Zuur would be the latest draw along the historic, reinvigorated Welton Street Corridor and occupy a building that’s sat dormant since 2011.
“What I’m hoping is us coming into the neighborhood, along with Spangalang and Rosenberg’s, helps bring businesses and jobs back to the area and makes the area more like RiNo where there are so many places to go,” said Cody Boll, future general manager at Goed Zurr.
Boll is currently the GM at Backcountry Pizza & Tap House in Boulder. The owner of the pizzeria, John Fayman, announced last year he was opening Goed Zurr — “good acid” in Dutch — in the building at the north corner of 28th and Welton streets.
After being built in 1895, the building at 2801 Welton St. served as a tavern, hotel and apartments. The property was once home to Rice’s Tap House, a notable establishment active in the Five Points’ jazz scene, according to the Denver Urban Renewal Authority.
In 2015, DURA agreed to put $350,000 in taxpayer dollars toward the $1.5 million needed to redevelop the two-story, 5,000-square-foot building. Goed Zurr is expected to occupy an 80-seat pub on the first floor. The second floor provides office space for lease.
During the renovation, an old 1940s era mural for Yuye Café and Coca-Cola was discovered on the exterior of the building and restored.
Boll is hoping there are enough beer lovers and nerds in Denver to support a pub dedicated exclusively to sour and wild beers. Wild beers are typically made using a certain kind of yeast (brettanomyces) that’s found in lambic and gueuze Belgian beers.
“The beer community is not as diverse in Boulder as it is in Denver,” Boll said. “There are so many restaurants and foodies in Denver, there’s a just bigger population for us to take a hold of.”
Goed Zurr plans to launch with about 70 beers on its bottle list, 24 to 26 taps and a few food options to pair them with like fine cheese, charcuterie and fresh breads.