This week we are showcasing some new breweries that are set to open soon in the area. We are very happy to welcome three new breweries to Colorado Springs and one in Poncha Springs, just outside of Salida. We’ll post one or two a day for the first couple days of February. This post will be dedicated to Elevation Beer Co…See the whole New Brewery Series here.
We just heard about Elevation Beer Co.‘s plans this week and decided we needed to add them to our New Brewery Series. They will be located in Poncho Springs, just five minutes from Salida, they’ve got a big warehouse space (as you can see in these photos), got their TTB license, and plan to brew up their first batch in the next few weeks. The people behind Elevation have some good experience in the industry and have some nice plans to really focus in on barrel aging beers. Read what they’re up to and stay tuned for more information from these folks. This interview was conducted via email with Xandy Bustamante, the sales and distribution manager.
Who are the people of Elevation, and where will you be located?
Elevation I imagine has something to do with the mountains?
We named our brewery after seeing signs fly by for years in the high country of Colorado touting every tiny mountain town’s elevation on those green highway signs. We thought it would be fun to let people know that we are a real mountain town brewery (Chaffee County has fifteen 14,000 ft peaks!). Also the name references the fact that we want to elevate the perception of beer in Colorado. Beer in the U.S. should be considered an equal beverage in quality to the finest wines and Scotches, and we will try to do our part in elevating people’s perception of it.
|Christian Koch, Sheila Bustamante, Carlin Walsh, Xandy Bustamante.|
What are some of the breweries you look to for inspiration and ideas?
Do you have a general idea of what kind of beers you will focus on? What will your main line up be, what kind of special beers do you imagine making? In our emails you mentioned three different series of beers – Blue Square, Black Diamond, and Double Black Diamond…these seem to be referencing runs on the slopes? Can you tell us more about these series of beers and what you have lined up?
Our focus will be on seasonal speciality and barrel-aged beers. We will have two year round beers available only on draft in the High Country of CO (Mount Blanca and First Cast IPA) a collection of Brewer’s Playground beers (what ever our wild minds come up with) available at our tap room, and then our Black Diamond and Double Black Diamond Series with our Black Diamond focusing on specialty beers (think Double IPA’s, Belgians and other fun styles) and our Double Black Diamond which will be all 100% barrel aged.
We will have our Blue Square Series available come March in our area and then our taproom’s grand opening and the release of our bottles across CO will take place May 19th (more details on that are being finalized).
Can we find you at Monarch, or do you ski somewhere else?
YES! Monarch is awesome, Carlin Teli’s, Christian and I both Ski and Snowboard, and Sheila is learning to Ski. Monarch is a hidden gem with one of the best ski bars in the state. We love it there.
Location and Opening Date?
115 Pahlone Parkway, Poncha Springs, CO 81242
Grand opening of taproom sometime in May. Some beer will be available around Chafee County starting in March though. Stay tuned!