It all fell into place for brewer Scott Cline after he moved to Gunnison in July of 2014. He went to work at a bike shop and overheard a customer discussing potential brewery locations with the owner of the shop. Then, the Gunnison Brewery shut its doors, leaving the college town without craft options.
Cline, who previously had brewed at a small beer company and was looking for a way to get back into the business, said he felt that it was time to jump into the industry with both feet. “It was truly serendipitous,” he said. Within a few months, he and co-owners Bryan Wickenhauser and Jon Brown had teamed up and were making plans to launch High Alpine Brewing Co. They opened the doors last summer and offer hand-crafted food and beer in downtown Gunnison.