Happy 15th, Brewpub! | PostIndependent.com

Happy 15th, Brewpub!

Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – No one can say for certain who made the first beer, but archeologists have determined that brewing was well established at least 6,000 years ago in Babylon. Beer was also popular in ancient Egypt, where it was brewed commercially.

The familiar golden brew continues to make history at Glenwood Canyon Brewpub in the historic Hotel Denver. Since opening on March 15, 1996, the Brewpub has served almost 14,000 barrels of handcrafted ales and lagers, along with a pub menu.

Brewery manager Ken Jones has won seven medals at the World Beer Cup competition and nine at the Great American Beer Festival. Four of the brewery’s beers are Gold Medal winners.

Glenwood Canyon Brewpub founders Steve and April Carver, owners of the Hotel Denver since 1991, modeled the pub after the Carver Brewing Co. in Durango, founded by brothers Jim and Bill Carver in 1988. Though the two Carver families are not related, they share a love of finely crafted microbrews.

Construction on the Glenwood Springs project began on Jan. 1, 1996, and the Brewpub served its first beer 74 days later.

Locally brewed beer is available on tap or to go in half-gallon reusable growlers. The Brewpub has filled and refilled 150,000 growlers over the 15 years. Each growler keeps five bottles or cans out of the waste stream.

“Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company gratefully extends a celebratory toast to all of the visitors and residents who have supported us for 15 years,” said Steve Carver.

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