Tres Hispanic craft breweries underway with Denver Beer Co. leading pack

Denver Beer Co., Raices Brewing and Dos Luces are planned for Denver.

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A packed patio at Denver Beer Company in Highland. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver Beer Co. plans to unveil a new concept this spring that will honor the traditions, flavors and culture of Mexico.

Cerveceria Colorado will fill the space that formerly housed the Denver Beer Co. Barrel Room near Commons Park. Elsewhere in the city, Raices Brewing is close to finalizing a location and Dos Luces is underway along South Broadway.

Craft beer advocates at the local and national levels are pushing the industry that’s long been white and male-driven to take steps to be more inclusive.

Javier and Jennifer Perez opened Cheluna Brewing Co. in 2016 in Aurora’s Stanley Market Place. Keith Villa is the brewer behind Blue Moon, a brand featured in the Miller Coors Brewing Co. portfolio.

The owner of Raices Brewing, Jose Beteta, said Thursday he is close to finalizing a lease on a spot in Denver. Dos Luces‘s website shows co-founders Judd Belstock and Sam Alcaine plan to open sometime this year at 1236 S. Broadway.

Jose Beteta of Raices Brewing, outside a vacant storefront in Capitol Hill that may one day house his fledgeling brewery, Aug. 14, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  denver; colorado; capitol hill; denverite; jose beteta; beer; brewing; raices brewing;

Jose Beteta of Raices Brewing, outside a vacant storefront in Capitol Hill that was considered to house his brewery, Aug. 14, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Earlier this week, Denver Beer Co. announced its Cerveceria concept.

Cerveceria Colorado is our way of creating a bridge, as opposed to a wall, in our community,” Denver Beer Co. co-founder Patrick Crawford said in a statement.

Crawford and co-founder Charlie Berge hope the new taproom slated for 1635 Platte St., next to Denver Beer Co., will be a welcoming space that stimulates thoughtful discussion and celebrates cultural diversity.

Cerveceria Colorado will be decorated with Latino-themed mural art from local artists Pedro Barrios and Jamie Molina. The interior design, from Ramona Burns, will include curated pieces from Mexico.

Denver Beer Co. head brewer Jason Buehler will brew beers utilizing traditional Mexican ingredients and flavors such as cinnamon, chillies, nopal, chocolate, mole, lime and agave. Many of the recipes will be created in collaboration with Mexican craft breweries including Cerveceria de Colima, La Bru, Cerveceria Escollo and Casa Cerveza Cru Cru.

“These brewers create excellent craft beer using fresh, local ingredients and have been kind enough to teach me about the different flavor profiles and unique characteristics of traditional Mexican spices and plants,” Buehler said in a statement.

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Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.