We look forward to 2019 with excitement and gratitude for our ‘Casita Azul’ beer shed, which can now be seen near the West Stanley Marketplace entrance. Over the coming weeks and months you’ll get updates on our progress building out the interior of Casita Azul, which we hope to have fully licensed and operational by February/March 2019. ¡Órale! Javi and Eric (the GOAT) celebrated shed construction by kegging off our Chula Kölsch and enjoying a pint - it’s delicious and is our newest beer release. We’re currently fermenting several brand new beers that you can expect to see in the coming weeks and months: Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, a guava blonde ale, a dunkelbock, and a delicious Oud Bruin Belgian sour with plum! #chelunalove
Many thanks to our friend Dustin of The Brewtography Project for including the awesome photo of Eric below in his Instagram post related to Resilience Butte County Proud IPA. We will soon be transferring our batch of Resilience and plan to release it January 1. All proceeds from the sale of this delicious IPA will be donated directly to the Camp Fire relief fund. Read more about this effort here.
Collaboration Fest 2019 finds us working with two breweries we love: Überbrew out of Montana, and Prost right here in Denver! Stay tuned for details related to the beers we’re brewing together; we’re super excited about them! Pictured below are Eric & Javi with Chad and Mark from our Überbrew collaboration brew day recently.
We’ve also begun bottling our beer in 22 ounce ‘bombers’, which we will be offering for sale in our taproom, and eventually will be in select liquor stores. Our 32 ounce crowler cans will still be available for purchase, and you’ll notice they will very soon have a new look! Here is a photo of our new label, which we hope you like as much as we do. Poco a poco.
We will close early December 24th and 31st*, close for the 25th, but hope to see you all on January 1st when we will open early (11:00am) for football game viewing all day! Many thanks for allowing us to begin our third year of business serving you and making small batches of great craft beer. Our beer shed is being built, and look forward to another pachanga when that’s ready to open. As always, stay tuned to our Facebook, Instagram, and website for information related to the shed and all of our Cheluna goings on!
*Closing at 4:00pm on Dec. 31st
Our Homie Brewers have been hard at work brewing up a special winter ale that we will release during the month of December - stayed tuned to our social media pages for information about this. Anyone is welcome to join the Cheluna Homie Brewer group, whether you have a lot of brewing experience or none at all. The easiest way to go about connecting with our Homie Brewers is via the Cheluna Homie Brewer Facebook page here (or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org). ¡Órale!
You’ll notice we’ve installed 12 new tap handles, just in time for our 2 year anniversary pachanga! This Saturday, December 1, join us for salsa lessons with Sisy Ayala at 5, Mariachi Los Correcaminos at 6, and Miguel Dakota at 7:30, along with many special beer releases, including our GABF pro-am medal winning beer, La Bomba, made in collaboration with Cheluna Homie Brewer Chris Cardillo!
Carol of the Beers returns December 16 at 4:00pm, with Cat Paz on the keys and Nicole leading the vocals! This is a great way to sing or enjoy the community of singing in a relaxed and spirited setting – last year we raised the roof and we expect a repeat performance again this year. Many thanks to our amigo Arlen Herschberger for his help organizing music and community support for this festive and popular event!
A beer we’re stoked about brewing on Giving Day this week is Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, in collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing and many other breweries around the country. 100% of the sales of this beer will go directly into the Campfire Relief Fund! Read more about this effort here. And find information about making a donation to the Camp Fire Relief Efforts.
We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow our staff to be with their loved ones. Stop in during normal hours all other days of Thanksgiving week. Enjoy time with your family!
We honor all veterans on Sunday, November 11th by offering BOGO pints of beer and half off of a Cheluna beer stein in appreciation of your service!
Join sisters Adriana and Ana Gonzalez this Friday, November 2nd, at 5:30 to help us celebrate Día de los Muertos! Adriana will host sugar skull decorating, and we will watch Nacho Libre while Ana facilitates a Nacho Libre quote bingo game. We hope you can join us for this free family-friendly event!
We were stoked at the huge Stanley Marketplace Trick-or-Treat turnout! We passed out over 2500 pieces of candy and are very thankful for the help of Jennifer’s mom (Frida Kahlo) and daughter (the Cactus) for passing out candy at Cheluna.
Cheluna is proud to support an active home brewing group, and you can stay abreast of meetings and events by joining the Cheluna Homie Brewer Facebook group here. On October 27th Chris O’Connor of Sleeping Giant will be giving a talk about recipe design and modification on our mezzanine at 10 a.m.. We’ll host a brew day on our pilot brew system on November 10, so whether you’re an experienced brewer or just interested in learning more, this group is for you!
We are just waiting on some site plan drawing changes to submit to the City of Aurora so that we can begin construction of our beer shed out back, which we promise is still in the works. ¡Patiencia! You’ll notice that we’ll be putting together an altar for Día de los Muertos in our taproom, and you can read more about that Mexican tradition here. We’ve approached Stanley about sponsoring community altars in the Marketplace in October 2019, and we’ll keep you posted on that idea. Please join us on November 2 when our amigas and sisters Adriana and Anna Gonzales will be making sugar skulls and hosting a Nacho Libre viewing party!
Our September plogging event was a big success and a lot of fun! Collectively we picked up over 100 bags of trash on our 3 mile loop from the Stanley Marketplace, and we’re once again plogging on the morning of October 27. Our friends from Runner’s Roost Stapleton and Colorado Outward Bound will be joining us, too, and we hope you’ll join us in this community building activity and effort. Micheladas will be on our post-plogging menu!
Today we introduce Beso de Vino, our new 10.5% ABV hybrid beer. Why hybrid, you ask? Belgian strong pale ale malt, New England style IPA hops, and wine yeast were used to create this aromatic, complex, and high gravity goodness. Beso de Vino translates to ‘kiss of wine’, a nod to the dry finish and wine notes that we hope you’ll love as much as we do!
What better way to bring home Great American Beer Festival bling than by collaborating with our Cheluna Homie Brewer Chris Cardillo for the Bronze medal? We are humbled by our medal and very proud to provide community opportunities for our local home brewers, like Chris, and many others. We’re planning a May 2019 homebrewing competition, which gives you plenty of time to refine your favorite beer recipe, amigos! We are so grateful for Eric, Chris, and for all of your support. Stop in for a sip of La Bomba if you haven’t already; we hope to see you muy pronto! Photo by Ross Wallace Check out the news here!
We are super stoked to introduce Eric Nichols, brewer extraordinaire and fiancee of sous chef at Annette! Eric's love for fermentation began in college when he first made wine in his college dorm room. Despite studying and working in Finance for a few years, Eric fell back into love with yeast and received formal brewing education from the Siebel Institute. After a stint at various other breweries such as Black Shirt, Avery, and Beryl's, he has joined our team here at Cheluna!
Great American Beer Festival this year coincides with the start of Octoberfest, and on Saturday, September 22 we’ll offer brunch from Fritanga’s at 11:00am. We hope you’re able to stop in for our ‘la cruda’ brunch ('la cruda' is Spanish for 'hangover'). Rumor has it we’ll have another new beer on tap before then, too!
We hope to see you during the Stanley Arts Festival, the Sazza Farm-to-Table dinner – or any time, for that matter! We’re please to let you know that work on El Patio has finally begun, and may actually open in September - patiencia!
Additionally, our amiga Lora McKelvey, who’s hosting OmFest this month, will begin offering yoga at Cheluna twice a month in October! Read more about OmFest here, and stay tuned for more details related to our Weekend Unwind Yoga at Cheluna.