Brewery in Roundhouse sets timeline to open

Colorado Mountain Brewery has started construction on its second location in the Roundhouse at Highway 24 and 21st Street.

The brewery and restaurant’s first location at 11202 Rampart Hills View Rd. near Interquest Parkway and I-25 has been successful.

“We have the capacity and we have the capital to expand,” he said. “And we like this time frame with the economy where it is. It’s not a great time for retailers, but it is a good time to buy and build.”

And he said the old rail station where trains filled with gold from Cripple Creek would unload proved to be an ideal location for the brewery.

Owners expect the new location to open in late June.

“We have a classic Colorado look and we like the old stone and the wood beams, but we don’t want it to look like a lodge,” Koons said.

The Roundhouse, which was most recently the home of historic Van Briggle Pottery, has that historic look and feel. Construction teams will add some clean modern lines.

Carmichael Training Systems is also located in the Roundhouse.

Koons said Griffis Blessing, which owns the property prepared it for a restaurant during renovations.

“It was actually fairly easy for us to move in there,” Koons said.

The new location will have its own brewing operations with a lager focus, Koons said. It will feature about eight original brews and another 20 or so microbrews from around the state.

The new location, which will take up two floors and have patio seating, will be about 50 percent bigger than the north location at a little more than 9,000 square feet.