It took five years of planning, false starts and construction, but for the four creators behind LandLocked Ales, Tyler and Brandi Burgei, Nick Stafford and Leanda Shackelford, it was all worth it to see the doors open on June 24.
“We felt like …
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WHERE: 3225 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
HOURS: Monday through Thursday - Noon - 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday - Noon to 10 p.m.
Sunday - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
INFORMATION: 303-284-8748 or www.landlockedales.com
“We felt like there’s a niche market that’s not being served — a place where you can spend your day just hanging out with people with some beers,” Stafford said during brewery’s opening at 3225 S. Wadsworth Blvd. “A place like an English pub, and that’s why we’re focusing on low gravity beer.”
Tyler and Stafford worked together for several years, fine-tuning and perfecting their approach to low-gravity beer, which is low alcohol and lighter in taste.
“You can’t really spend a day in the pub with people when you’re drinking the higher alcohol beers,” Stafford explained. “We will offer a few beers with higher content, but we felt like the low gravity market is one that hasn’t been served very much. We wanted to create something a little more refreshing for customers.”
Once Tyler and Stafford felt ready to take their brewing to the next level, it was time to find a location. And that’s where things got challenging.
“It took a while to do a business plan, and that it took us three years to find a suitable location,” Brandi said. “We were close to a location in Wheat Ridge, but it didn’t work out. We got the keys here on Dec. 1, 2015, and then spent the past year-and-a-half figuring out the construction here.”
So far the brewery has six beers on tap, including a saison, a jasmine blonde ale, and a porter, and have room for another six.
Located in southernmost Lakewood, LandLocked is looking to serve a largely residential area that has been without this kind of spot for a while, Brandi explained. Being family friendly was very important to the owners, and there’s games for children and changing rooms in the bathrooms.
And the neighbors appreciate it.
“We got notice about this place opening, and were so excited,” said Cath Perrone, who stopped by the opening with her husband Phil. “We’re beer fans, but even though we don’t make it ourselves, we appreciate the skill that goes into it. And so far, LandLocked’s beers are pretty delicious.”
Now that the brewery is finally open, the owners are eager to show their skill and become a place for everyone.
“We’re ready to be part of the community and to participate in charity events,” Brandi said. “We’ve been pursuing our dreams, and we have a lot of hopes for this place.”
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