What's brewing?

By Jane Reuter
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A look at breweries coming soon to the south metro area. (More breweries are planned. Listed here are those that have sites and are nearing completion.)

Three Freaks Brewery

Location: 7140 E. County Line Road, Highlands Ranch (near C-470 and Quebec Street)
Targeted opening: Late February

Owner/primary contact: Jeff Atencio

More info: 3freaksbrewery.com

What to expect: Atencio is a South Metro Fire inspector who’s been home brewing for 27 years.

“We’re going to be one of the smaller ones at five barrels. That’s going to give us the opportunity to be a little bit more aggressive as far as experimenting.”

Three Freaks likely will open with four different beers, including a Belgian, lager and gluten-free selection. Atencio hopes eventually to expand to eight.

Blue Spruce Brewing Company

4151 E. County Line Road, Centennial (near County Line Road and Colorado Boulevard)
Targeted opening: Late February

Owner/primary contact: Rick Kane

More info: bluesprucebrewing.com

What to expect: Kane is a former Douglas County School District teacher who’s been home brewing for 20 years.

Blue Spruce will have a seven-barrel brewing system. It will offer Mexican food along with Colorado cider and wines, margaritas, 12 of his craft beers and eight guest beers.

“We’re amazingly picky about our beers and what is going to go out. We’ll have a great variety and high quality.”

Blue Spruce will seat about 220 and offer outdoor seating during the warm months.

38 State Brewing Company

8071 S. Broadway, Littleton (near County Line Road and Broadway)

Targeted opening: March

Owner/primary contact: Mike Keating

More info: 38statebrew.com

What to expect: Keating was a master gardener who started brewing about four years ago. His hobby quickly outgrew his garage, prompting him to open a business and share his passion. Keating describes his operation as small batch, and said the beer is infused with “a lot of fun and energy.”

“My double IPA is my favorite beer to make and drink. That’s one of the beers I hope to have on opening day.”

Other flagship beers include Scottish and amber ales and a chocolate bourbon stout.

Living the Dream Brewing

12305 Dumont Way, Highlands Ranch (near Santa Fe Drive and Highlands Ranch Parkway)

Targeted opening: Early March

Owner/primary contacts: Jason Bell, Carrie Knose

More info: livingthedreambrewing.com

What to expect: Bell and Knose both come from a brewing and hospitality background.
They’re building a 7-barrel brew house with a tasting room and a summer outdoor beer garden.

“We have over 30 recipes already developed,” Knose said. “Jason is a very stylistic brewer. My brewing style is a lot more experimental. So we have a ying-yang situation where he’s very mechanically driven and thorough, and I’m a little more on the creative side. So it brings it full circle in the brewing world.”

Breckenridge Brewery

6775 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton

Between Mineral Avenue and Main Street

Targeted opening: Spring 2015

More info: breckbrew.com

What to expect: Farmhouse serving beer and food with indoor/outdoor seating, brewery tours, general store, growler-to-go station, hops field and a beer garden.

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