Kannah Creek’s new riverfront tasting room open for business in Grand Junction
Cheers, folks! After years of planning and months of building, Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s Edgewater Tap & Grill is finally open. A grand-opening celebration is set for May 16.
“I am most excited to see people’s faces as they enter the new brewery and their excitement about the project,” said one of Kannah Creek’s brewers Emma Faulkner. “This is a big thing for the city and for the Riverfront Trail. I am so excited to be a part of it!”
Located on Grand Junction’s riverfront at 905 Struthers Ave., the 14,000-square-foot brewing and bottling facility also boasts a tasting room with a full restaurant menu.
“It’s a completely different menu than Kannah Creek’s 12th Street location,” Kannah’s spokeswoman Katlin Lubeley said, noting that burgers and brats are part of the riverfront offerings .
The tasting room will offer Kannah Creek’s brews for $4 a glass, plus there’s indoor and outdoor seating.
“We’re hoping to put (outdoor) games on the big, grassy area in front of the building,” Lubeley added, like corn hole.
Brewing at Edgewater will likely start soon, with two beers — Standing Wave Pale Ale and Lands End Amber — to be bottled and shipped from the new structure. Other Kannah Creek beers, to be served at both brewpubs, will be created at the 12th Street location.
“We’d like to brew (and bottle) a Christmas seasonal” this winter at Edgewater, said Jim Jeffreys, Kannah Creek’s brew master and co-owner.
OWNERS DREAM BIG
The vision for Kannah Creek’s bottling facility has long been in the works, since the Jeffreys family purchased the land by the Colorado River in 1998.
“I think it’s going to be an attraction for Grand Junction,” Jeffreys noted.”We have a good reputation, it’s right on the river, and we’re the only bottling facility of this size in the Grand Valley.”
Creating more jobs and commerce for the area is important to Jeffreys, too.
“Grand Junction needs more manufacturing, and we’re manufacturing happiness,” he said with smile.
Brewery tours at the Edgewater location will likely start this fall, meant to showcase the 10,000-square-foot, behind-the-scenes area purposely built for large-scale beer production.
“I’m excited about the new facility, seeing how the community receives us, and our continued growth,” Kannah’s co-owner Eric Ross said.
Edgewater’s hours are the same as Kannah’s 12th Street brewpub — from Sunday through Thursday, it’s 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, it will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. To reach Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s Edgewater Tap & Grill, call 970-243-3659.
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