Iconic pioneering Boulder Beer Company announced yesterday that they will close their Boulder, Colorado brewery and sell the building.
The announcement comes just three months after the company said that they were downsizing by terminating all packaging and limiting business to only their onsite brewery tap room sales. Not more than a few weeks after that announcement, the brewery announced they would outsource their packing to Sleeping Giant Brewing in Denver and continue to supply their wholesalers. At that time, Boulder Beer planned on continuing to brew beer for onsite sales at the Boulder, Colorado site.
But yesterday, Gina Day, Boulder Beer owner and wife of Frank Day, the founder of the Old Chicago and Rock Bottom chains, said in a statement that they had an opportunity to sell the property after some outside influences “recently transpired that have led us to make business decisions we feel are best for the company.”
Sleeping Giant will continue to contract brew Boulder Beer, but the Boulder brewery will close permanently later this month, ending a 40-year history of making beer.
The full statement below;
January 6th, 2020
A Letter to Boulder Beer Company Customers and Friends
Dear Boulder Beer Patrons,
As you all know, things have been changing here at Boulder Beer, and we now have a new development we would like to share. Some outside influences have recently transpired that have led us to make business decisions we feel are best for the company. An opportunity to sell the building at 2880 Wilderness Place recently presented itself to us, which has led us to the decision to close The Pub at Boulder Beer. Our last day of operation will be Saturday, January 18th, after which we will close for business.
After closing the manufacturing side of our business and then creating a relationship with Sleeping Giant, we feel it is now in our best interest to pursue this opportunity to sell the building. The 19,000 square foot production facility has proven to be too large for our brewpub to operate within.
Moving forward, because of our new partnership with Sleeping Giant Brewing Company in Denver, you will still be able to find our beer on draft and in six packs at your favorite liquor stores, groceries, bars and restaurants. They will continue to brew, package and distribute the Boulder Beer brands we all know and love and keep the Boulder Beer legacy alive at retail. So although the Pub will be closing, the brands will live on.
Our valued Boulder Beer staff will all have access to job opportunities with our sister company Concept Restaurants should they decide to join their team.
Also, with all of these changes it isn’t out of the picture that you may see a new Boulder Beer Pub open sometime down the road.
Thank you all for 40 amazing years of support and friendship. If you’re in the Boulder area, please come raise a pint with us on or before January 18th to toast the fun ride it’s been, and celebrate the many, many great memories that make up Boulder Beer.
Gina Day, Owner