Neighborhood Spotlight: Station 26 Brewery

REMAX Momentum moved into the Stapleton neighborhood last February, but didn’t officially open for business until May. We received many a warm welcome from surrounding businesses and realized we have plenty in common, most notably a shared passion for promoting small business. Granted, REMAX has an internationally recognized name, but all franchises are independently owned and operated. So, we thought we would  get involved in the community and write regular articles about neighboring local businesses to raise awareness for all the amazing food, goods and services offered by our community and surrounding areas. This month, we spent some time at Station 26 Brewery just across Quebec Street. Continue reading to learn a little more about their unique building, their symbiotic relationship with the food truck industry and most importantly, their award winning, hand crafted beer!patio

Generally, you can find Colorado in the top five of any beer-related ranking list. Whether Coloradans are imbibing or brewing, there is a unique affinity between us and our beer. Although currently ranked third in the nation for the number of breweries per state (217 as of the beginning of the year),  that number doesn’t account for the countless garages, basements and crawl spaces being used by small, private parities who homebrew their beer as a hobby. For some, that hobby will evolve into a passion, outgrow those confined residential quarters and require a very specific piece of real estate that will become the latest addition to Colorado’s list of official breweries… as it did for Station 26 Brewing Co. in Denver.

Located at 7045 E. 38th Avenue and nestled among Martin Luther King Junior Park and the homes of northeast Park Hill, Station 26 Brewery opened its doors – including the storefront garage doors that act as removable walls accessing the giant patio – almost exactly a year ago today. Co-owner Justin Baccary says everything sort of came together through happenstance. He and his partners knew there was a severe shortage of neighborhood-friendly establishments and after surveying the area for other breweries, he had set off on his bike roaming the streets of Park Hill and Stapleton when he came across the vacated, former Denver fire station now known as Station 26 Brewery. The red brick building had no “for sale” or lease signs, but some research revealed it was owned by an ex-firefighter of Station 26 (which had been relocated back in 2006 to a location a little over a mile to the southeast) and a lease was eventually negotiated. What better location to offer a line of smoked beers than a renovated fire station? Purely coincidental.

pic1Self described as an “elevated neighborhood brewery,” the interior boasts a sleek, industrial design with contemporary fixtures and flat screen televisions, with the multi-barrel brewing system on display to its patrons. The patio is immense and open during business hours as the weather permits, providing the perfect spot to enjoy their ever-changing selection of hand crafted beers. They offer a wide selection of board games to pass the time while you experience their exotic brews and often host a Bluegrass Brunch on the spring/summer weekends. In addition to live music, they also bring a variety of food trucks on site to satiate the biggest appetites. From barbeque, to pizza, to local organic foods and beyond, the food truck carousel will keep you guessing, but never hungry. Not in the mood for food from a truck? No need to worry, go ahead and bring your own homemade meal or food from a surrounding business! And, since they don’t technically have a kitchen on site, they are extremely dog friendly!

An eclectic combination of location, ambiance and menu, complemented by one of the most knowledgeable and courteous brewery staffs you’ll find anywhere, the Station 26 Brewery is already a beacon for beer lovers throughout Denver (and a model for local business development). Within the first year of opening their doors, they have already doubled their production capacity, so it’s fair to say they will continue to serve the community for a long, long time. Find them on Facebook for regular updates on what they have on tap and who is providing the cuisine on any given day!

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Cheers!

 

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