Brew on Broadway set to open
Plans call for the long-awaited opening of The Brew on Broadway on July 6. The coffeehouse and craft brewery will be located at 3445 S. Broadway.
“This project took a lot longer than we expected but we are putting final touches on the building, getting the final city inspections, and we plan to open the coffeehouse at 7 a.m. July 6,” said Paul Webster, owner and brew master. “The craft brewery will begin serving customers at 11 a.m. and we will have five brews available at that time.”
Earl Winslow came by to check out the coffee house and pub on June 29.
“I think this will be a real gathering place when it opens. It could help to bring new life to downtown Englewood. I plan to stop by regularly and so do a lot of people I know who live and work around here,” the longtime Englewood resident said. “I have been watching the progress on this business and, give Paul credit, he took the time to do it right. I think this will be a major attraction and I hope it draws big crowds.”
Webster was working along with others June 29 to get things ready for opening day. He said his goal is to create a place where a family or an individual can stop in to relax. There is patio seating outside on the paseo that runs from Broadway west to the parking lot as well as seating inside.
The coffee shop will have a variety of choices and, when the taps open, each of the five brews will be labeled with names from Englewood history such as Eaglerock and Tuileries.
The new business is in the former Acoustic Music Revival location. Webster and his crew basically gutted the building in order to build the bar and install the brewery.
“This project took about nine months,” Webster said. “My wife Suzanne said it is worse than having a baby because delivery day is a bad day but this has been nine months of bad days and chaos.”
Webster, an Englewood resident for 29 years, said about a year ago, he was at a point where he needed a job when he and his wife came up with the idea of BOB, which stands for the Brew on Broadway. He said it was something he wanted to do for himself and for his community.
“I have been brewing beer at home for 29 years so now I am doing that on a much larger scale,” he said. “We are brewing English-style ales. It takes 10 days to two weeks to complete a brewing process. Then we let the beer age for about a week before we put it in kegs.”
Webster said he is proud of the fact that all his brewing equipment was custom-made in Colorado and just about every other portion of the facility is made from recycled materials.
“We recycled a lot of wood and materials from the music store,” the Englewood resident said. “We made the bar out of wood from old Wyoming snow fences. We built the bar then covered it with clear epoxy so you can still see the grain and age of the wood as well as the holes for the bolts that held the snow fence together.”
He said the tables will be butcher-block style made from recycled oak.