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Experimentation pays off for small Colorado Springs brewery

Published: June 5, 2013, 4:11 pm, by Scott Rappold

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From today’s Pikes Pub column:

When his brewery first opened, visitors would tell Duane Lujan it was like drinking in somebody’s garage.

“Now it’s like drinking in somebody’s three-car garage,” the jovial founder of Rocky Mountain Brewery said.

The little brewery that could is turning 5 on Saturday, and what a start it has been. Lujan has made enough money to buy the building, tripling the brewery’s size. Next year, his beers will be available in cans at liquor stores and on tap at restaurants and bars. The brewery has earned a reputation as one of the better makers of fruit beers in the world.

Most surprising, it has thrived by selling almost exclusively at the brewery, despite its location in an industrial park on the eastern fringe of Colorado Springs.

“We’re a little big for our age,” said Lujan, who ran a home brew supply shop for 12 years before buying the equipment of Blick’s Brewery, formerly open in the same location.

Read more here. And if you haven’t been to Rocky Mountain Brewery, get out there and try their S’mores beer.