Barrel Bar and Packaging Hall will be put up for sale.
In efforts to consolidate operations, Great Divide Brewing Co. will be selling it's RiNo neighborhood facilities and moving everything to the brewery and taproom in Denver's Ballpark neighborhood.
“While we’ve thoroughly enjoyed being in the RiNo neighborhood and are sad to say goodbye, we’re fortunate to be in a position to adapt our business plan and make a decision that will benefit the company and our employees,” said brewery founder and president Brian Dunn in a news release. “One of the largest benefits is that the consolidation of operations will allow us to remain fiercely independent.”
As part of the consolidation, the 65,000-square-foot Barrel Bar and Packaging Hall will be put up for sale. The $27 million Brighton Boulevard facility was built in 2015 amid strong growth at the time. It contains a 350 can-per-minute canning line, a 75 half-barrel-per-hour kegging line, two 300-barrel bright beer tanks, two temperature-controlled rooms for aging, and a 15,000-square-foot cold storage capacity. The facility was specifically used for canning operations and a taproom.
According to Dunn, due to both soft out-of-state markets and the effects of the pandemic (including the shutdown of restaurants), both the RiNo facility and the original Ballpark facility were underutilized, and consolidation became the best option. The Ballpark facility was chosen to be the hub of operations because it contained all brewing and fermentation equipment, and it held the company history.
“Right now, we have two facilities that are not being maximized,” said Dunn. “We had three options on the table: move all operations to RiNo, move everything to a new location outside of Denver, or relocate to our original location. In the end, returning to our roots made the most business sense. This will allow us to reinvest in our facility and our people, our two most important assets.”
There are plans to refresh the Arapahoe street facility's taproom, as well as other updates to the facility. Though it will be putting the facility up for sale, the company expects to be in the Brighton Boulevard location well into 2022 and will keep the Barrel Bar open until it officially moves.
Great Divide will continue to run its Denver International Airport and Castle Rock operations.
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