If you look closely, above the bars and restaurants and between the galleries and shops of the Lower Downtown, you can see remnants of Denver’s past – not just in the old repurposed brick warehouses, but in the faint “signs ghosts” once painted on these buildings. .
One such sign can be seen on the side of what is now Great Divide Brewing, at 2201 Arapahoe St. It reads “Beach Milk Co.” and is reminiscent of a dairy wholesaler who occupied the building from the 1930s through the 1950s, selling milk to hotels and restaurants, as well as long-gone convenience stores like Piggly Wiggly and even the U.S. military.
After that, the building – built in 1924 – housed Fairmont Foods Co., Sinton Specialty Foods Co. and Mountain High Yoghurt, which originated in Boulder in the 1960s and has since become ubiquitous in supermarkets. Great Divide moved into a small section of the building in 1993, sharing it with a snowplow company and several bands, who used an old freezer space and its 4-foot-thick walls to muffle the sounds of their practices.
The brewery, which now takes up all the space (and more), will pay homage to that history and the ghost sign starting Thursday, September 15 with a new series of beers called Beach Milk Project. The beers in the series will be brewed in small batches and only available for limited times at Great Divide’s two taprooms in Denver.
Styles in the series will vary widely, Great Divide said, but one of the earliest offerings, appropriately, was brewed with milk sugar or lactose. Solid Together is a sour “smoothie style” made with blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, mango, cherry and blackcurrant. It will be available on tap and in 16-ounce cans alongside a second beer, Dream Argument, a tropical-flavored New England IPA made with Nectaron, El Dorado and Citra hops.
“We recently installed a new canning line which allows us to be much more flexible in terms of the volume of beer we can process in one pass, opening the door to these small batch versions,” Matt said. Sandy, Marketing Director of Great Divide. an email. “When we thought about naming this project, we wanted something that would still have meaning for the brewery, but also inspire people to ask questions. Beach Milk Project is a weird but fun jumble of words.
Sandy said the brewery had to remove most of the old remnants of the building’s former tenants to make room for its fermentation tanks and canning line.
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