Wit’s End Brewing Co. Moves in with Strange Craft Beer Co.
Strange Craft Beer Co. and Wit’s End Brewing Co. announced their plans today to share Strange Craft’s brewhouse and tasting room on Zuni Street. The first of its kind in Denver, Strange and Wit’s End’s co-tasting room will brew and serve beers from each brand’s portfolio.
Wit’s End plans to close its current facility before the end of the year and looks to sublease the facility to an aspiring new brewery. The Wit’s End brew crew will begin brewing at Strange Craft in coming weeks.
Wit’s End Head Brewer Tyler Bies will take over as head brewer of both brewing operations. These changes will allow both breweries to share resources and let Strange Craft Founder Tim Myers focus on operations and managing the business, while Wit’s End Founder Scott Witsoe will step down from daily management to explore other endeavors.
With a bittersweet goodbye to Wit’s End’s old facility where Scott Witsoe used to brew his beers one barrel at a time comes exciting new opportunities with Strange Craft. The first is a bittersweet collaboration brew to celebrate their co-habitation, a hoppy Belgian Session Ale brewed with honey called Moving Day. It will be fermented with a blend of Strange Craft and Wit’s End’s house yeast strains.
“The craft beer environment has changed dramatically since Strange opened in 2010 and Wit’s End opened in 2011,” says Myers. “Local neighborhood breweries need to innovate and get creative to stand out in the increasingly crowded market. I have thought for years that a shared facility solved many of these challenges. Sharing brewing facilities, staff, and rent reduces overhead significantly. Combining brew staff allows for greater recipe creativity and innovation— which we hope will lead to more satisfied patrons.”
“Tim and I already share many of our great customers, and now we can bring everyone together into one happy craft beer family,” adds Witsoe. “We will have at least four Wit’s End taps flowing at all times. And I will have a tiny corner of the brewery where I can play with recipes on a small scale.”
After the move, Wit’s End will continue to serve its flagship beers— Jean-Claude Van Blond Belgian-style Blonde Ale, Wilford Belgian-style Oatmeal IPA, and Green Man Ale that lies somewhere between an IPA and a Red Ale— as well as rotating seasonal drafts at the new co-tasting room. Strange Craft will keep the taps flowing with its core lineup, One Barrel Wednesday brews, and an array of other experimental and collaboration beers.
For more information about Strange Craft and Wit’s End’s co-tasting room and brewhouse contact Emily Hutto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT STRANGE CRAFT BEER COMPANY
When Strange Craft Beer Co. opened south of Denver’s Mile High Stadium in May 2010, it was the first nanobrewery in the city brewing one barrel of beer at a time. Strange has since become a destination spot for Colorado beer drinkers, and taken home two Great American Beer Festival® medals and two World Beer Cup® awards. Visit the brewery online at strangecraft.com.
ABOUT WIT’S END BREWING COMPANY
At the dawn of the fourth wave of craft beer, Wit’s End opened its original nanobrewery in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. Through the years Wit’s End has added some hardware on the walls including GABF® and World Beer Cup® awards, a new 7 BBL Brewhouse, and more amazing memories than it could ever hope to share. It will remain an artisanal Denver brewery that continues to be fueled by dreams and inspired by the limitless potential of craft beer… join Wit’s End on the journey! witsendbrewing.com
Contact: Emily Hutto