A Colorado brewery says a feud with its landlord has left it unable to access a half-million dollars worth of equipment.
Crazy Mountain Brewery was sued in Eagle County District Court in November by the owner of 439 Access Road in Edwards, where the brewery operated a production facility. The property owner — JPMCC 2002-CIBC4 Access Road Retail LLC — claims the brewery owed more than $25,000 in rent and late fees.
Crazy Mountain moved out of the 10,400-square-foot space on Access Road in early January, after the court granted the property owner an order of possession.
The brewery’s lease on the space was slated to run until December 2018; monthly rent was about $13,000, according to a court filing. In a January motion, the property owner asked for about $338,000 to cover past and future rent, as well as interest and court fees.
“It will likely require significant time to clean up and prepare the property to be shown by leasing agents to new tenants, to market the property, and to ultimately get a new tenant into the property,” the motion reads. “Due to the short amount of time left on the lease, it is unlikely that plaintiff will have a new tenant in the property before the end of the lease period.”
In a February filing, Crazy Mountain said it still has $569,000 worth of brewing equipment in the building.
The brewery said it couldn’t remove the items before eviction because of the equipment’s “size, weight and complexity,” and that it was at the time engaged in settlement discussions with its landlord, although those discussions ultimately fell apart.
Crazy Mountain said the equipment can’t be seized because it is already collateral for another entity, Castello Holdings LLC.
The brewery said in court filings that it has repeatedly asked to access the property to remove the equipment, only to be told its landlord considers the equipment “abandoned,” or that it could be released to Castello Holdings LLC, but only if that entity paid a $60,000 storage fee.
The property owner is being represented by Thomas List, Bethany Johnson and Abigail Brown of Moye White LLP in Denver. The firm did not respond to a request for comment.
Crazy Mountain is being represented by Robert J. Hopp of Denali Law Firm. Hopp declined to comment.
The Edwards brewery was one of two facilities where Crazy Mountain produced beer; the other is at 471 Kalamath St. in Denver.
Crazy Mountain founder Kevin Selvy declined to comment on the legal battle. He said the Denver facility has historically produced most of the brewery’s beer, and has increased production to make up for the Edwards closure.
Selvy said the brewery hopes to open a new taproom in the Edwards area, and wants to move some of the equipment it currently can’t access to that location, and transport the remainder to Denver.