WeldWerks, Wiley Roots beer releases cause a stir in downtown Greeley
October 8, 2016
When WeldWerks Brewing owner Neil Fisher showed up for work on Wednesday, a line of avid beer fans awaited him.
The line started about 8 a.m. and by 11 a.m., more than 200 people awaited the special release of WeldWerks' Barrel Aged Mexican Achromatic stout.
Cars in the downtown Greeley parking lot at 508 8th Ave., sported license plates from Texas, Wyoming and Maryland. Fisher said he met people in line from as far as New Jersey and Vancouver.
Beer enthusiasts came from all over the country — and a few from Canada — for the Wednesday beer release.
He had hoped it would work out that way, but he never anticipated that 300 people would make the trip to Greeley for the town's unique and growing beer scene.
Fisher and Kyle Carbaugh, owner of Wiley Roots Brewing Co., worked together to plan their beer releases to coincide with the start of this weekend's Great American Beer Festival in Denver. They thought the beers would be most appreciated with 60,000 extra beer lovers in the region. The varied license plates and IDs made it clear their plan worked.
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Many of the people who lined up outside WeldWerks Wednesday morning came to Denver for the festival, but they made the more than 55-mile trip north to get a taste of Greeley brewing.
The Denver-based beer festival, which runs through Saturday, attracts self-proclaimed "beer snobs," and quite a few honest-to-goodness professionals, from all over the U.S. and beyond. Last year, the sold-out event brought more than 60,000 beer lovers to the city, who collectively enjoyed more than 3,800 beers poured by more than 750 U.S. breweries.
At noon Wednesday, WeldWerks opened their doors to release the Barrel Aged Mexican Achromatic, an imperial stout brewed with cacao, cinnamon and vanilla and aged in Breckenridge Distillery bourbon barrels. At that point ,about 300 people were in line.
After they got their WeldWerks fix, many of the visitors headed over to Wiley Roots to check out their selection as well.
Carbaugh said they released five bottles at 2 p.m. on Wednesday during their "Popping Bottles" event. The bombers released included Breakfast at Mr. B's, a sour breakfast beer; Sudachi, an Asian citrus; Sorachi, an Asian dry hop brew; Citra Dry Hopped Funk Yo Couch, a dry-hopped farmhouse; and Key Lime Express, a Saison with rose water and limes.
The bottles range in price and are available at both breweries until they're gone.