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Arvada brewery combines craft brews with a classic arcade

Someplace Else brewery has been open for three months

Video by Shanna Fortier

Husband and wife team Ryan Parker and Tori Miller have combined their love of beer brewing and retro games into a new business — Someplace Else Brewer, which opened Sep. 22 at 6425 W. 52nd Ave. in Arvada.

The new brewery is a bit off the beaten path, both conceptually, and literally, located in a hidden warehouse in the South West part of the city, but the two say their first three-and-a-half months of business have been promising.

“We call ourselves the back-alley brewery,” Miller said. “We’ve got a a delivery alley between us and Marshall’s. But we’re growing and have great customers.”

Miller and Parker offer 12 taps, eight of which are their classics, two are rotating experimental beers and two are smaller half-barrels in which the couple lets home brewers come in and brew. One home-brew that will be featured in February is a vanilla porter.

“We love to have people come in and brew with us,” Miller said. “Ryan had been home brewing for four years before we opened here.”

The couple had also been collecting games, including pinball and skee-ball for seven years and decided to combine the two at their new brewery.

“We said lets’ try this out and here we are,” said Miller, who was a teacher before the beer endeavor. “We just want to be a small local place for people in the community to play some games and hang out.”

The skee-ball attracted patrons like Colin McCollor, 28, who said skee-ball takes him back to being a kid and playing at Circus Pizza.

“It was just back when you didn’t have to worry about bills and life was just spur of the moment doing whatever you want,” McCollor said.

This feeling of nostalgia sparked McCollor to start a skee-ball league at the brewery. The winter mini league meets every Saturday in January. Team cost is $40 for the month and includes two beers and quarters to play. Each week the winner gets beer bucks, which they can use toward beer. At the end of the month, the overall winner will get a growler of beer.

McCollor hopes that the league will gain more members and they can pick it back up in March.

“It’s been a blast coming here and reliving our childhood,” he said.


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