Carbondale, CO – The Roaring Fork Beer Company, a seasonally inspired production brewery located in Carbondale, Colorado opens a new project and tasting room at 358 Main Street in the heart of downtown Carbondale, in a 107-year-old historic building. “Batch, a Roaring Fork Beer Co Project,” is set to open late May and will serve 12 taps of Roaring Fork Beer Company beers as well as guest taps from Casey Brewing and Blending and Idlewylde Brewing Company, wine from Infinite Monkey Theorem, Colorado made hard cider, kombuchas and mate from Elevated Elixirs, craft sodas from Carbondale Cola, and sake.
Batch will host twenty-four taps at the downtown location, as opposed to the limiting six taps RFBC has had at their Dolores Way tasting room. Twelve of those taps will hold seasonal and exclusive RFBC beers which was not an option at the former tasting room. “Our brewers now have a venue to showcase all the exciting beers we’ve wanted to brew for years without the trouble of having to package them and find wholesale placements for them…some of the beers we are opening up with have been in the works for months like a Grilled Meyer Lemon and Rosehip Saison, a Rum Barrel aged Imperial Stout, and a Tequila Barrel Aged Imperial IPA that has been dosed with Mosaic hop powder, amongst quite a few others. Our lineup going through the summer is quite frankly pretty awesome and is the part I’m most excited about” says Chase Engel, Roaring Fork Beer Co’s Founder and Head Brewer.
Batch will be working exclusively with Denver winery, Infinite Monkey Theorem and will serve their Colorado wines on tap and also in cans. “I met with the Infinite Monkey Theorem team and completely fell in love with their whole vibe as a business, who they are, who they want to be and their non-pretentious attitude on wines. It’s very similar to the breweries model and with a similar clientele to RFBC, I really felt a connection with them, so we decided to give them exclusivity at the new location,” says Sanguily. Batch will be serving offerings on tap from IMT such as rose, sparkling wines, a dry hopped sauvignon blanc and more, while some of the IMT wines will be served chilled in cans. Special events and parties will also be planned with IMT at the downtown Carbondale location.
The new home for the RFBC project, is located in the former European Antiques store at 358 Main Street and will seat up to 75 people with a completely different interior and design than customers are used to seeing at the Dolores Way location. “It’s a new (well new to us) space with so much character and amazing energy that we felt we wanted to do something different than before but also preserve the beauty of the history in there,” says Sanguily. Think living room, library, speakeasy with a little Texas feeling, lots of low and comfy seating areas with built in booths, a 12-foot locally made farm table for meetings, chandeliers, rich leathers and some farmhouse elements in there too. The final touch in the space will be a 6 foot set of longhorns, a family heirloom, gifted from Engels family ranch in Bend, Texas. As always, the tasting room space will be welcoming to children by offering non-alcoholic options and also games for all ages to enjoy.
Food fair will be offered at Batch in a unique alliance experience with Town Restaurant and Phat Thai, located next door and across the street, two restaurants that Roaring Fork Beer Company has had a close relationship with since their opening. In addition, “Sunday Blues Brunches”, an Austin Texas tradition that Engel and Sanguily grew up on will be hosted at Batch on Sundays with live music, a bloody beer and mimosa bar and farm to table brunch buffet by Mark Hardin of Field 2 Fork Kitchen.
“Our real goal here is to bring the vitality and connection with the community that we have worked so hard to create and maintain the last few years and just elevate that at our new location on Main Street. We had greatly outgrown our old space but still managed to make it work in an off the grid and somewhat difficult location of Carbondale for a tasting room to exist. It’s a bittersweet goodbye for all of us but the excitement and energy around Batch keeps us feeling good about the move,” says Sanguily. The Roaring Fork Beer Company production facility will remain on Dolores Way with future plans of opening a small event space for bottle releases and special events and a small tasting room inside the production facility.
RFBC will throw a final party at the Dolores Way location on First Friday, May 5th from 4p-9p with local food by Field 2 Fork Kitchen and live music by Lookout Mountain Showdown.
Build out and interior design for Batch is in collaboration with One World Marble, Cortney McDougall of Home Interiors and Karen Klinefelter of Aspen Awnings and Upholstery. Batch will be open seven days a week with later hours than at the Dolores Way location and only open for brunch on Sundays.