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Wiley Roots, WeldWerks breweries to host Greeley kickoff party Wednesday for Great American Beer Festival

Katarina Velazquez
kvelazquez@greeleytribune.com

Wiley Roots employees work on Monday morning at its location, 625 3rd St., Suite D., to can Neature Walk, a collaboration brew with Outer Range Brewing Co. in Frisco. It is Wiley Roots' first canning line.

With the Great American Beer Festival right around the corner, it's a big week for craft beer lovers, and two Greeley breweries plan to capitalize on that.

Wiley Roots Brewing Co. and WeldWerks Brewing Co. will collaboratively host the first Greeley GABF Kickoff Party on Wednesday for beer enthusiasts from all across the country. WeldWerks, 508 8th Ave., will open at 11 a.m. and Wiley Roots, 625 3rd St., Suite D., will open at noon for a day full of beer releases and specials. A complimentary shuttle will run between the two breweries beginning at noon and food trucks will be on site. Thousands are expected to make the trek to Greeley for the party and throughout the weekend.

Kyle Carbaugh, owner of Wiley Roots, said the brewery will release its first canned beer, "Neature Walk," at noon Wednesday. Wiley Roots partnered with Frisco-based Outer Range Brewing Co. to make the New England-style double IPA with "the most hops we've probably ever done," Carbaugh said. The beer will be sold in 16-ounce four-packs, and about 90 cases will be evenly distributed between Wiley Roots and Outer Range for its first release.

"I think with this being our first can release, there's definitely some excitement around the brewery, and not just from us, but regular customers," Carbaugh said.

The brewery also will have three bottle releases, according to Gii Astorga, Wiley Roots' taproom manager and events coordinator. New releases include Oak Rebellion, a golden sour aged on peach and blackberries; Tropical Vacay, a passion fruit hibiscus beer; and Laws Barrel Aged Stout, an imperial stout aged in a Laws Bourbon Whiskey Barrel.

"No one really knows we have quality things here in Greeley when it comes to beer," Astorga said. "We want them to make the trip up here."

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Neil Fisher, owner of WeldWerks, said he expects about 500 people to visit his taproom on Wednesday for the releases, and nearly 2,000 people through Sunday, thanks to the traveling crowds from the Denver-based Great American Beer Festival. Last year, that number was around 1,000 people, and Fisher said the collaboration with Wiley Roots and this year's marketing efforts are two reasons why they're expecting nearly double this year.

"Our main hope was just to drive a lot of out-of-town traffic to Greeley," Fisher said. "It was more about bringing people up to Greeley than just driving traffic to our own spaces."

Also for its first time, WeldWerks will release five beers available in 16-ounce four-packs. That mix will include WeldWerks' popular brews Juicy Bits, Double Dry Hopped Juicy Bits, Extra Extra Juicy Bits, Fruity Bits Piña Colada and Key Lime Pie Berliner. The beers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The brewery also will release its Medianoche and Medianoche Reserve brews, which have been sold out already to special online ticket purchases, Fisher said.

Both breweries will participate in this year's Great American Beer Festival, which will be Thursday through Saturday at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., in Denver. In 2015, WeldWerks took home a silver for its Hefeweizen. Wiley Roots that same year took home a gold medal for its Super 77 Wheat, following its bronze medal win in 2013, just months after the brewery opened.

Added Carbaugh: "Ultimately we're just trying to get more people to experience the great things we're doing in Greeley. I think it's a pretty exciting thing to have the brewing culture that we do have in town and get more people exposed to it."

Where to go

Greeley’s Great American Beer Festival Kickoff Party will start at 11 a.m. Wednesday and feature two local breweries, WeldWerks Brewing Co., 508 8th Ave., and Wiley Roots Brewing Co., 625 3rd St., Unit D.

The breweries will have beer specials, releases and swag to prepare for the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, which attracts craft brewers from across the nation and begins Thursday and runs through Saturday.

Complimentary shuttle service between WeldWerks and Wiley Roots will be provided by Beef Sloan Safe Ride starting at noon. Food trucks will be on site.

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