3 new breweries opened this month in Centennial, Denver and Longmont

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Pint glass half full: For every Colorado brewery that closes, another one opens. Pint glass half empty: For every Colorado brewery that opens, another one closes.

Either way you look at it, it’s been a big year for both — and it’s not over yet. At least three breweries have opened so far in the extended Denver metro in November.

Bearded Brewer Artisan Ales opened in Longmont in November 2023. (Provided by Bearded Brewer Artisan Ales)
Bearded Brewer Artisan Ales opened in Longmont in November 2023. (Provided by Bearded Brewer Artisan Ales)

Bearded Brewer Artisan Ales

Omaha-area brewery owners Kirk and Alyssa Hearon have teamed up with Longmont local Brandon Knudsen to open a second outpost of their Nebraska company, Bearded Brewer Artisan Ales. The brewery specializes in making adventurous beers and will have 18 different selections on tap. Current beers include a blueberry cotton candy sour, a cream ale with peanut butter and marshmallows, and a blonde ale with cinnamon roll flavors.

1425 S. Airport Road #100, Longmont; beardedbreweraa.com

Bent Barley Brewing II

Bent Barley Brewing, which opened in 2018 in Aurora’s Southlands Mall, 6200 S. Main St., added a second location this month in Centennial. The new spot has its own four-barrel brewing system and will make some of its own beer, according to owners Mark Job and Paul Dampier. Bent Barley specializes in making what the owners call “beer-flavored beer,” meaning straightforward styles, including a stout, an amber, a fruit blonde, a kolsch with honey and an IPA.

15416 E. Orchard Road, Centennial; bentbarley.com

Monolith Brewing will open this year in the former Black Project brewery space at 1290 S. Broadway. Owner Stephen Monahan had been a fan of Black Project's beers for years. (Provided by Stephen Monahan)
Monolith Brewing will open this year in the former Black Project brewery space at 1290 S. Broadway. Owner Stephen Monahan had been a fan of Black Project’s beers for years. (Provided by Stephen Monahan)

Monolith Brewing

Professional brewer Stephen Monahan took over the former space belonging to Black Project Wild & Spontaneous Ales on South Broadway earlier this year, and has spent the past six months turning it into a new brewery with a new look and a new vision. Monolith Brewing opened earlier this month, using Black Project’s old system, and serving an IPA, a pale ale, a stout, a wheat, a chile beer and more. Beer styles will vary going forward.

1290 S. Broadway, Denver; monolithbrewing.com

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