Canadian craft brewer enters RiNo’s bustling beer scene

Red Truck Beer Co. bought 3601 and 3615 Brighton Blvd. for $3 million. (Kailyn Lamb)

A Canadian craft brewer is taking another swig of Colorado beer country.

Red Truck Beer Co., which acquired Fort Collins Brewery at the end of May, on Wednesday bought a 0.43-acre property at 36th Avenue and Brighton Boulevard in RiNo for $3 million.

The sale of two parcels at 3601 and 3615 Brighton Blvd. includes a brick warehouse built in the 1950s. Russell Gruber with Newmark Knight Frank represented the seller, LSK Property Inc.

The buy parks Vancouver-based Red Truck at the center of Denver’s most beer-crazed neighborhood. It’s within walking distance of Mockery Brewing, Great Divide’s Barrel Bar and Crooked Stave.

Besides local breweries, RiNo has become a go-to spot for out-of-town brands seeking a Denver taproom. Fort Collins heavyweights New Belgium Brewing Co. and Odell Brewing both are tapping into RiNo. MillerCoors’ Blue Moon Brewing Co. and Oregon-based 10 Barrel Brewing Co. already moved in.  

Red Truck did not return messages seeking comment by press time Thursday.

The Canadian brewer opened its first pub in Vancouver 12 years ago. At the end of May, it bought Fort Collins Brewery with plans to phase out the 14-year-old brand.

The Coloradoan reported that Red Truck will try to replicate its business model in Vancouver, which includes a restaurant with diner fare like burgers and all-day breakfast, as well as space to host indoor and outdoor concerts. Red Truck also will use its Fort Collins outpost as a bottling and canning plant.

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Paul Wallick
Paul Wallick
3 years ago

Congratulations! This will be a great addition to the neighborhood.