Holidaily Hosting Party to Launch New Production Brewery

Holidaily head brewer Alan Windhausen & owner Karen Hertz at the new production facility.  Photo: Neill Pieper

Holidaily head brewer Alan Windhausen & owner Karen Hertz at the new production facility.
Photo: Neill Pieper

Gluten-Free as Always, Golden Brewer Increases Output 

By Joe Ross

Holidaily Brewing Co. begins a new chapter this weekend with the opening of its production brewery in Golden.

Dubbed H2.O, the second offering from the state's popular gluten-free brewery is across the street from the headquarters at 801 Brickyard Circle.

Opening celebrations are scheduled this weekend at the 10,000-square-foot production brewery, with a ribbon cutting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Tours will be available from 1-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

While the popularity of beer styles rise and fall, the health benefits are important to people who can't tolerate gluten in their diet. With locally sourced gluten-free grains, Holidaily has put together a lineup of 10 beers, five of which are distributed in 16-ounce cans.

Favorite Blonde Ale, Riva Stout, Fat Randy's IPA, Patchy Waters Pumpkin Ale, and BuckWit Belgian are distributed at more than 300 locations around the state.  Distribution includes Kroger grocery stores (King Soopers) as well as Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and others. 

The expansion should pave the way for more distribution across Colorado. With the addition of ten 60-barrel fermenting tanks and two 60-barrel brite tanks for storage, the brewery expects to produce 10,000 barrels a year. "And we have room to grow," owner Karen Hertz pointed out with a smile.

Karen Hertz oversees the finishing touches on the production brewery expansion. Photo: Neill Pieper

Karen Hertz oversees the finishing touches on the production brewery expansion. Photo: Neill Pieper

The new addition includes a mash press that efficiently processes grain. The only other one like it in the area is used at Sleeping Giant, a huge production brewery in Denver that brews for numerous beer makers. 

Holidaily head brewer Alan Windhausen, was brought on board to master the mash press and get the new operation up to speed. He most recently worked at Pikes Peak Brewing Co., and also serves on the Brewers Association's Basics of Beer Quality Workshop team as a quality trainer. 

Although the run up to opening the new facility has been stressful, Hertz said she still loves operating the brewery and the day-to-day crunch. 

Hertz lived through bouts of melanoma and thyroid cancer before launching the brewery in 2016. She has proclaimed loudly that her second chance at life proved to be the perfect time to do her own thing in the brewing scene - with a healthy twist. 

Although Hertz and Holidaily's beer marketing guru Kaitlyn Gipple do most of the promotion for Holidaily, Hertz said the small operation is always open to suggestions from other employees. A recent example included the naming of a beer that was supposed to be Fat Randy's IPA. However,  the brewing process was halted because of the bomb cyclone that hit Colorado about one month ago. Because the power was out, the beer sat for a bit longer than normal and the flavor changed. With some quality testing and quick thinking, the beer was slightly modified and born again as Bomb Cyclone Belgian Ale. Windhausen came up with the new name.

The Bomb Cyclone will be available during the grand opening party this weekend, along with the flagship lineup. Also, look for a tasty red IPA named Brewnited, which was a collaboration between gluten-free brewery Aurochs Brewing in Pennsylvania and Holidaily's certified gluten-free grain provider,  Grouse Malt House, in Wellington, just north of Fort Collins.