Brew pub in the works

Hugh Johnson
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Plans are in the works to bring a brew pub to Wheat Ridge.

Eugene Kahng has proposed to remodel the building at 6995 W. 38th Ave. so it can be the home to Colorado Plus Liquid Art Works Inc. The site just east of Wadsworth Boulevard in the heart of the city’s business district.

City Council unanimously approved Kahng’s applications for the Enhanced Sales Tax Incentive Program and the Business Development Zone during its Jan. 28 meeting. These programs allow business owners to get a rebate on sales and use taxes respectively. Kahng is eligible to receive up to $76,200 on a 50 percent rebate from future sales tax over the course of five years. He will also receive a full rebate of his use tax totaling $3,800.

A staff report said it was hard to assess the amount of sales tax this business will generate because this type of business has never operated in the city before, however it estimated it could bring in $25,000 annually.

Councilmember Mike Stites, District III, expressed his excitement about the brew pub saying, “This is a good thing ... We have a ton of older buildings in Wheat Ridge that have been here for years, and they have to be brought up to date.”

The building was constructed in 1944 and is in desperate need of renovation. According to the staff report, the building is in need of a major overhaul to bring it up to current standards that are compliant with building codes.

Kahng wants the design theme to be industrial, featuring wide open ceilings to expose the beams, with a 17-foot bar featuring native rocks and/or lumber. He plans to have 56 Colorado craft brews on tap.

“I want our customers to have a good beer experience,” Kahng said. “All of our bartenders and servers will be Cicerone Beer Service certified. People should leave knowing something new about the beer they tried.”