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Mash Lab Brewing wants to bring experimentation, education and fun to Windsor with new brewery

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

Windsor will soon have its second brewery when Mash Lab Brewing opens for business near the end of this year.

In a small space,at 4395 Highland Meadows Parkway, Trent Moriarty and his business partner Eric Peratt have been hard at work preparing their brewery for business.

Located just down the road from the Highlands Meadows subdivision, the brewery has a hip and cozy feel with Edison bulbs and retro neon signs illuminating the small space. The brewery shares a wall with Paratt's other business, Pinkee's Rod Shop — an award-winning custom muscle car and hot rod shop. Through tall glass windows in the wall Mash Lab customers will be treated to a sight of custom hot rods in various stages of completion when they stop by for a beer.

A little more than a mile from Interstate 25 on Crossroads Boulevard, the brewery sits in one of Windsor's fast-grow communities at the fringes of town.

"(Highlands Meadows) really needs one of those little corner stores pizza places or corner store liquor stores or a coffee shop," Peratt said. "We're going to be the corner store brewery eventually. The location, the proximity to the houses, just couldn't get any better. Every day I see more and more cars going down the road in Highland Meadows."

Moriarty works as a bank teller in Windsor — although he'll leave his job and brew full-time when Mash Lab Brewing opens sometime later this year — and has spent much of his free time over the last four years immersing himself in, and learning from, the home-brewing scene.

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He got into it the way many do, he said, he'd taste new beers and wonder if he could try to make something similar or build on what he'd tasted. That question led to research and more ideas, followed by more questions, research, ideas and often mistakes that propelled his learning and interest in brewing, he said.

A chance meeting by way of mutual friends led Moriarty and Peratt to meet and the two quickly to start work toward a shared dream of running a Colorado microbrewery.

With the brewery, Moriarty said he hopes to keep experimenting with different beers — that's where the 'lab' in Mash Lab Brewing comes from — and engage customers who have questions about brewing or want to try something new and different.

He knows unique flavors and style of beers don't stand out too much in a state full of upstart breweries, but for him it adds to the fun he has brewing.

When the brewery opens, Moriarty hopes to have as many beers ready for customers as possible. In addition to his experimental craft brews, he hopes to have brews that mimic many of the stable styles that many beer drinkers start with.

"We want to have fun, we want to try new stuff," he said. "Kind of showcase certain things about beers. Like we want to do single hop beers where people can understand what that individual hop gives to a beer."

Learn more

To find out more about Mash Lab Brewing and learn the latest about their opening date, go online to: http://www.facebook.com/mashlabbrewing/.