Its grand opening is on Cinco de Mayo — a holiday with a history of white people being less than culturally sensitive — but don’t confuse Cervecería Colorado’s intentions.
The new brewery from the Denver Beer Co. team takes its mission to celebrate Mexican culture and flavors seriously.
“Cervecería Colorado is our way of creating a bridge, as opposed to a wall, in our community,” co-founder Patrick Crawford said in a press release. “Cervecería Colorado is built on the concept of inclusivity. The taproom will be a welcoming space. We hope it is a place where people arrive with an open mind to try new things and celebrate cultural diversity.”
In the space at 1635 Platte St. that once housed Denver Beer Co.’s barrel room — freshly painted with a mural by local artists Pedro Barrios and Jaime Molina and decorated by Ramona Burns with curated pieces from Mexico — Cervecería will brew and serve beer made from traditional Mexican ingredients created in collaboration with Mexican breweries like Cervecería de Colima, La Bru, Cervecería Escollo and Casa Cerveza Cru Cru.
“I have been fortunate enough to travel throughout Mexico and brew with some of the country’s innovators in craft brewing,” Denver Beer Co. head brewer Jason Buehler said in a statement. “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. There is a mutual excitement between our brewery and those we have connected with in Mexico to continue to collaborate. Cervecería Colorado will be the podium on which we can showcase these collaborative brews and spectacular flavors.”