Flowing down the mountain

Grand Lake Brewing Company opens taproom in Arvada

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Twelve years ago, Richard and Karen Wood decided to open a small brewery in the heart of Grand Lake, Colorado. Today the company is expanding, flowing fresh, crisp beers down the mountain and into a new taproom.

Located in Olde Town Arvada, the Grand Lake Brewing Co. Taproom and Tavern, 5610 Yukon St., is the second location for the couple, who sought to offer a fun, enjoyable place for customers to imbibe in fresh craft beers while having a meal with friends and family.

“We want people to feel comfortable and come in with their kids and kids can have homemade root beer and the adults can have beer,” Karen said.

The taproom will offer 11 of the brewery’s finest craft beers, such as their Pumphouse Lager and Wooly Booger Nut Brown, seasonal favorites, such as the Vienna Lager, and as well as homemade root beer on tap. To promote their product, the taproom will also offer beer-to-go in six-packs, growlers and kegs.

A family style tavern, the company will serve a variety of gourmet pizzas, sandwiches and salads as well as barbecue-style fare to compliment the beer.

“Their product is excellent, all of their beers are really good,” said Michelle Willis, one of the microbrewery’s longest-returning customers. “I think a lot of people are looking forward to it, and are really going to love their beer, it’s just different than other microbrew beers.”

With the microbrewery thriving in Grand Lake, the taproom will serve as a second, year-round addition to the company, one they hope will provide more exposure for their beer.

“As we get a little bit closer, with our Olde Town Arvada location, it’s going to be huge to get people to know us,” Karen said. “As we get more into the distribution and into the liquor stores, we’re going to keep making process — we’re going to keep growing.”

The taproom is slated to open July 21, with a ribbon cutting celebration on the 28.

“Everybody is behind us, and that’s what we need to do know, open and get it (the beer) out there so people can enjoy the product,” Richard said.

For more information or to find where to buy the beer, visit www.grandlakebrewing.com.