The beer-loving town of Fort Collins is preparing to welcome a new brewery from some familiar faces in the local scene.
Tom Moseman, currently head brewer at Black Bottle Brewery, and Sarah Barlow, whose resume includes work at Maxline Brewing, Red Truck Beer Co., and Fort Collins Brewery, have partnered up on a new business expected to debut this spring. It’s called Mythmaker Brewing, and it’s taking over the space formerly home to McClellan’s Brewing Co. (1035 S. Taft Hill Rd.), which closed in November due to hardships from the pandemic, according to The Coloradan.
Despite the ups and downs of the last couple years, the duo hasn’t been deterred from achieving their goal of opening a neighborhood gathering spot.
“I started brewing before the 2008 recession, which took a huge toll on everybody. But you can see the industry is getting through that,” said Moseman, who will also be Mythmaker’s head brewer.
“People still always want to enjoy a beer,” added Barlow, who will manage all things front-of-house. “We’ll find a way to work through any issues that come our way.”
The owners purchased several pieces of equipment from McClellan’s, including the seven-barrel brewhouse, but plan to give the interior a facelift. The taproom is expected to be renovated to remove the onsite kitchen – instead, Mythmaker will host food trucks and likely serve bar snacks – and make way for more communal seating.
Mythmaker’s name is a nod to deeply rooted brewing traditions and the craft’s endless experimentation possibilities, which is why drinkers will find “the full spectrum of beers” on its 14 draft taps, Moseman said.
“There will always be a straw-colored beer, whether it’s a helles lager or a German pilsner,” he said. “The same goes for dark beers and seasonal releases.”
Mythmaker will also “spontaneously” release beers without warning, he said, and everyone who happens to be onsite when bartenders hook up a new keg will get a free sample. It’s the brewery’s way of not only rewarding locals for their support but also getting real-time feedback about new recipes. And, who knows? Maybe a drinker will try something they don’t normally order and expand their palate, Moseman said.
In anticipation of the spring opening, Mythmaker is currently running a $15,000 crowdfunding campaign to help cover upstart costs, such as renovations and stocking inventory. Donate here.
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