The city of Boulder’s newest craft brewery is opening its doors tonight.
FATE Brewing Co., the brewery and restaurant filling the 38th Street space formerly home to Jose Muldoon’s and Playa Azul, will have its grand opening to the public at 5 p.m., officials announced today.
The 7,000-square-foot restaurant at 1600 38th St. includes a 3,000-square-foot brewery, seating for 200 people and a 30-tap bar, officials said.
Officials said they also are celebrating the local craft brewing community at the grand opening by pouring several collaboration beers such as a Cocoa Punk’n Porter (with Asher Brewing) and a Scotch Ale (with Crystal Springs).
FATE was founded by Mike Lawinski, a Big Red F Restaurant Group veteran, who most recently served as the operations manager for The West End Tavern and Centro Latin Kitchen. FATE’s head brewer is Jeff Griffith, formerly of Golden City Brewery.
Lawinski told the Camera last month, when FATE completed raising an equity capital round of $900,000, that he hoped his brewery would bolster other east Boulder craft breweries.
“I really think the diversity we have in this (business) plan will attract a lot of people,” he said at the time.
Once FATE’s brewing equipment arrives in three weeks, its arrival and the recent opening of J Wells Brewery, 2516 49th St., will bring the number of craft breweries in the city of Boulder to 19. An additional 10 Boulder breweries — including Sanitas Brewing and Upslope Brewing’s second location — are in the planning stages, according to city of Boulder planning documents and listings from the Brewers Association.
Jamie Wells, who opened J Wells Brewery on Jan. 10, said he thinks the increased competition could be beneficial to a new operation such as his brewery and taphouse.
“I think it’s good all around,” Wells said. “I think a lot of people are coming over to craft beer and that’s why everyone is expanding. I don’t think it’s really going to hurt us at all.”
BOULDER-AREA CRAFT BREWERS
Breweries, brewpubs and breweries in planning in Boulder and Broomfield counties. Breweries in planning are identified by the yellow markers. (Updated Feb. 4, 2013. Pushpin icons indicate new additions/modifications made during latest update). Sources: Brewers Association, Boulder Daily Camera