The road leading to FATE Brewing Company
By Dylan Hochstedler
Mike Lawinski trained as a commercial pilot, but he had started working in the restaurant industry when he was a teenager. When the commercial airline industry slowed down after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Lawinski went back to the service industry full time. He ran operations for The West End Tavern, a bourbon-focused startup in Boulder. After a decade of Lawinski’s oversight, the tavern’s brand grew immensely, and it was featured on the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food.
Lawinski launched the concept for a local beer tour and his idea grew so rapidly that The West End Tavern turned into a destination beer bar where rare brews could be found. Through his relationships there, Lawinski’s passion for craft beer grew and he found himself creating a concept for FATE Brewing Company.
In early 2012, Lawinski began his voyage to start FATE. After a year of planning and developing, FATE opened its doors in Boulder in February 2013. Today, it operates as a brewery, restaurant and catering service that is regularly featured at local events.
Since opening, FATE has experienced electrifying growth. In 2014, they expanded their original facility to full capacity and in 2015, they signed on with beverage distributor Elite Brands of Colorado. FATE has since taken over the former Avery Brewing facility and cannot be more excited to get the space setup for additional production.
FATE also plans to open a second restaurant in Lafayette in early 2017, though no beer will be brewed at the location.