Brewery Spotlight: Something Brewery & Briar Common Brewery

Photo: Shawn Beltran Brewers and founders: Brian Castillo, David Allegrezza and Dustin Christopher Somethingbrewery.com   |  720-639-7505 117 N. Main St., Unit A, Brighton

Photo: Shawn Beltran

Brewers and founders: Brian Castillo,
David Allegrezza and Dustin Christopher
Somethingbrewery.com   |  720-639-7505
117 N. Main St., Unit A, Brighton

The Brighton Tea Party is Under Way

A fine cup of iced tea can turn an unbearable summer day into a suitable one. A mouthwatering pint of tea-infused beer can turn a suitable day into a spectacular one. 
Brian Castillo, Dave Allegrezza and Dustin Christopher opened the doors of Something Brewery in December 2015, and have been working at full capacity ever since. Although the Brighton brewery market is not quite as saturated as some cities along the Front Range, the three owners knew they would have to add pizzazz to their brewery, and they did so with infusions of tea. 
Something offers a well-rounded lineup of beers, which includes a sweet hazelnut coffee milk stout, a vanilla coconut porter, an American wheat beer, a vanilla bourbon IPA, a white IPA and many more. But the suds that really put this place on the map are the famous tea-infused beers. Their “Something Fresh Tea Death” is an Arnold Palmer blond ale, made with a mix of American hops and three different types of teas. Another tea-infused beer is called “Something Reddy,” which is a to-die-for orange blood red ale including apple malts, orange peel, rose hips, hibiscus, safflowers and honey. 
With around 2,000 new homes planned in the next few months, the Brighton housing market is booming, and Something Brewery is poised for success with a location right on Main Street. Something is also planning a stellar lineup of summer-inspired beers. The beer is definitely worth the trek to Brighton. You’ll get Something special every time. 


Photo: Dylan Hochstedler Head of Operations: Kent Dawson Head Brewer: Greg Dawson Co-owner: Travis Dawson Briarcommon.com 2298 Clay St., Denver

Photo: Dylan Hochstedler

Head of Operations: Kent Dawson
Head Brewer: Greg Dawson
Co-owner: Travis Dawson
Briarcommon.com
2298 Clay St., Denver

Construction nearing completion at Briar Common Brewery & Eatery

Brothers Greg, Kent and Travis Dawson grew up just outside of Portland. The craft-beer scene in Oregon is arguably just as strong as in Colorado, and the brothers’ infatuation with craft beer dates back to the early 1990s.
Kent made his first home brew in 1993, but he had no idea he was planting the seed for the about-to-open Briar Common Brewery + Eatery in Denver, where he is head of operations. Greg, Briar Common’s head brewer, started his home-brewing adventure in the early 2000s. He lived in South Korea, where beer ingredients were scarce, so Kent sent him “care packages” that included grain, hops and other necessary ingredients. 
Kent and Greg eventually landed in Denver in 2013 and began to make their dream of running a superior brewpub a reality. Although Travis lives and works on the West Coast, he offers any needed support. 
Briar Common is located in Denver’s historic Jefferson Park in a building jam-packed with more than 100 years of history. The lease was finalized in 2013, but it has taken more than two years to re-zone the property and completely renovate the whole building, including a new second story and two outdoor patios – one at street level and the other on the rooftop. 
The brothers also put significant effort into hiring a chef, as they want the food to reflect the same degree of attention as the beer. All menu items are tested to ensure compatibility with the exquisite beer lineup. Expect fresh ingredients and seasonal menu changes.

    ⁃    Spotlights by Dylan Hochstedler