Roaring Fork Beer Co. celebrates two years
Roaring Fork Beer Company celebrates two years in Carbondale this week, culminating in a big birthday bash on Saturday.
The party is broken into two sessions and with a limited number of tickets “to sort of control the madness,” marketing director Aly Sanguily explained.
The brunch session kicks off at noon, and the evening event starts at 5:30. A $35 ticket gets you a commemorative glass, unlimited pours including a special anniversary brew, beer infused Sweet Colorado doughnuts, barbecue from Slow Groovin, raffles and live music by Natural Transfusion in the afternoon and DJ Benny in the evening.
There’s also a lower key First Friday event from 2-9 p.m. for those who can’t make Saturday’s festivities.
Located at 1941 Dolores Way, RFBC is a bit off the main drag but, like other startups in the area, has seen plenty of success.
“Dolores Way is becoming sort of this hip, artisan area. For being off the beaten path, it hasn’t had any issues being busy. In the summertime there’s like 100 bikes in front of the door,” Sanguily said. “We considered other spots in the valley but just felt like Carbondale was more of our vibe. We were really welcomed with open arms.”
Brewmaster Chase Engel brought more than a decade of experience to the venture, and set to work creating “drinkable, interesting and affordable” brews.
“We avoid gimmicks and make real beer,” he said.
Engel views big beer companies as their main competition, not their fellow craft brewers.
“We’re lucky because we’ve got people doing different things,” he said. “People appreciate supporting local business and keeping their dollars in the community, but 86 percent of the beer being sold is still Coors and Bud Lite and stuff like that, so there’s still room to grow.”
Roaring Fork Beer Company is proof of that. In two years, it has gone from 25 draught accounts to over 150. After striking a deal with Orrison Distributing, it’s even gaining a presence in Eagle County.
Engel has found that cans trump bottles in a community focused on the rugged outdoors, and has even caught his breath long enough to experiment with some barrel-aged brews.
The company is known for the official Mountain Fair beer, as well Hoppa Road, Slaughterhouse Lager, Freestone Ale and a host of seasonal options. For those without a taste for alcohol, there’s even June Bug’s Herbal Soda with flavors like hibiscus berry and lemon lavender sage mate.
The tasting room is small — though not as small as it appears to those who don’t take the time to walk around back — but it remains a central part of the experience.
“This is kind of the face of our company,” Sanguily said.
For more information, visit roaringforkbeerco.com.
For tickets, search RFBC at brownpapertickets.com
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