Denver micro-brewery shows old dogs can learn new tricks

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The brewery invested nearly $45,000 in two new 20 barrel tanks, giving it 20 percent more brewing capacity. Because of this, the medal-winning B3K Black Lager is now available for purchase in cans.

The booming craft beer business in Colorado meant the time was right for Wynkoop to expand.

"We started self-distributing our beer a couple years ago, and we've been at capacity since June," Marty Jones, the conductor and idea man of the brewery, said. "We've been producing all the beer we can make, so in order to get more of our art into the hands and beer glasses of Denverites, we made the investment to expand and boost our capacity."

A new joint venture with Breckenridge Brewing also allows Wynkoop to make its beer on their facilities at Kalamath Street in Denver. The agreement was approved by the federal government this month.

"So between the new capacity here, the new beer we just released thanks to that capacity, and the ability to make beer in 50 barrel batches instead of 20, we have great potential to spread more beer-y joy around Colorado," Jones said.

Jones also cleared up a burning question on the minds of many. Do they pronounce the brewery "Win-Koop" or "Whine-koop?"

It doesn't matter too much to us how you pronounce it, as long as you show up and have a good beer with us," Jones said. "But we do call it Wynkoop brewing company because we're winners, not whiners, and we make beer, not wine - no offense to wine."
For a peek inside the brewery, watch the video above.

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