New Belgium outpost brewing in RiNo

New Belgium outpost brewing in RiNo

Another big name in Colorado beer is tapping into RiNo.

New Belgium Brewing Co. will open a 2,000-square-foot microbrewery at the planned Source Hotel on Brighton Boulevard. It’s a 10-barrel pilot brew house New Belgium will use to experiment with barrel-aged sour beers.

New Belgium spokesman Bryan Simpson said the Fort Collins-based brewery wasn’t necessarily in the market for a Denver outpost. But it took a liking to the Source Hotel project.

“A lot of our folks had been down to visit the Source and really liked the model,” Simpson said. “The focus is on artisanal and how things are crafted; everything has a window where guests can watch people work.”

New Belgium will lease the space from hotel owners Zeppelin Development and the group behind Boulder’s St. Julien Hotel. Simpson declined to estimate what the brewery would cost to build. The budget for the entire hotel is about $41 million, Zeppelin Principal Kyle Zeppelin said in May.