Sneak peek: Colorado Mountain Brewery No. 2, opens Sept. 7

Posted by Matthew Schniper on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 4:22 PM

As a person who trades in restaurant news, I can vouch for the unusual amount of excitement that's currently surrounding the opening of the second Colorado Mountain Brewery location in the Roundhouse at 600 S. 21st St.

The buzz dates back to this time last year, when announcement of the expansion was first made. But it's grown recently, as fans have grown seemingly impatient waiting for the doors to open. It's a tremendous location, with rich history and countless pints of potential. (CMB will be the third tenant in 120 years; they've sunk between $1.5 million and $2 million in this brewery installation and renovation.)

It doesn't help the anticipation factor that the Gazette reported it'd be open the weekend of Aug. 24, and we reported in the Indy yesterday that it would be opening this upcoming weekend of Aug. 31.

As new information has it — we humbly apologize for our part in perpetuating early dates provided to us by a CMB person not fully up to speed — the location will now be opening on Friday, Sept. 7. For reals this time, people ... this comes from general manager Paul Dehner directly.

So please, hang tight another week, then you have our blessing and encouragement to go storm the castle with the rest of the horde.

But for now, I offer you a sneak peek behind the scenes, as the team puts the finishing touches on the building. The photos and details that follow come from a tour earlier today with Dehner and brewmaster Andy Bradley, and also from a chat with investment head Scott Koons.

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  • Let's start with the real focal point: beer. This new system is a five-barrel system, compared to the north location's 10. Brewmaster Andy Bradley will devote a portion of the capacity to brewing lagers (which take longer to make).

Colorado Mountain Brewery
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  • The Roundhouse's history plays strongly into Colorado Mountain Brewery's design of the new space. You'll dine where the train engines used to park.

Colorado Mountain Brewery
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  • Like I said, they're really paying homage to their digs. CMB had custom metal work designed that incorporates its logo into the former Colorado Midland Railway stamp.

Colorado Mountain Brewery
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  • The new menu will include wood-oven pizzas, as well as wood-fired entrée specials off the grill in the bottom right of this photo. Everything sure is shiny when new.

Colorado Mountain Brewery
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  • This is going to be one hella-nice bar when all these TVs are broadcasting sports games and some 30 tap handles are made to flow.

Colorado Mountain Brewery
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  • You want patio? They've got patio. View of Pikes Peak? That, too.

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Colorado Mountain Brewery
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  • From the left: Andy Bradley, Paul Dehner and Scott Koons, the bros behind the brew madness.

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Phantom Canyon....WAY better.

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Posted by youraprius on 09/03/2012 at 2:04 PM

So happy to see a good business coming to the westside & particullary THAT building!

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Posted by PattyS on 09/04/2012 at 6:09 PM

I feel sorry for the new investors in this restaurant. They wouldn't be so excited if they knew the condition of the financials at #1.

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Posted by Beerman on 09/05/2012 at 1:10 PM

We have enjoyed the 1st CMB, but are really looking forward to one on the westside of town. Being a 4th generation westsider it is so nice to see this location. We may have to attend the opening night as it is my mothers birthday. Oh the stories she can tell us of this location. :-)

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Posted by Lisa Strauch-Beardslee on 09/05/2012 at 5:16 PM

Look forward to checking it out tonight, all the history behind this location will make it most appealing.The beer, food & ambiance will keep people coming back. I do hope the service is better than the North location. We have gotten bad service but good food the majority of the time. The gossip about prior employees is also a topic that customers should not have to hear. Just something to coach your employees about. I also knew the employee that the employees were gossiping about. Not professional at all.

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Posted by PP on 09/07/2012 at 9:03 AM

Living in Manitou, was so excited for this place to open...and then I went there last Sunday to watch Football and my excitement lasted about 5 minutes...Even though the place had been open for 2 weeks, apparently nobody thought to figure out how to have SOUND to go with the Broncos game...The extremely rude bartender could have cared less about it, as did the rest of the wait staff until enough people complained and then a frazzled hostess was left to figure it out...Service was poor, and the bartender and wait staff leave A LOT to be desired. The whole experience was way less than enjoyable...Management needs to step in and step up to the plate...

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Posted by Kate on 09/30/2012 at 2:29 PM

Where can I get in touch with the investors of this place? I love investors with deep pockets and no business sense!

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Posted by Bill D. on 10/07/2012 at 8:23 PM

Great food and great atmosphere....

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