Good Frontier Brewing Co. in Lakewood has each factor a typical craft brewery would have: Numerous small-batch beers, pub-style decor, meals vans, trivia nights and a core group of regulars.
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostBartender Devon Cisneros pours a glass of the favored Blonde Annie gluten free beer at Good Frontier Brewing Agency on Nov. 18, 2018 in Lakewood.Nevertheless one issue is missing: gluten (largely, anyway).
In a market filled with keen rivals, the hand-crafted brewer provides a gluten-free beer, along with reduced-gluten brews, giving the family-run operation a loyal clientele.
“I’d say 1 / four to a third can be found in for the gluten-free selections,” said Beau Plungis, the 27-year-old taproom supervisor. “Loads of people can be found in proper right here for (gluten-free) because of it’s all they’ll stomach.”
People with celiac sickness, an autoimmune dysfunction, along with people with gluten allergy signs, have an incapability to course of the gluten protein current in frequent beer. An estimated three.5 million Folks battle with celiac sickness. Indicators embody painful digestive and stomach factors, and dietary deficiencies, which can find yourself in fatigue, weight discount, melancholy and rash.
Celiac is known to cluster in households, consistent with the U.S. Nationwide Library of Treatment.
Good Frontier head brewer Mike Plungis pursued gluten-free brewing after his partner, Annie, and plenty of different relations and buddies, had been recognized with celiac or gluten intolerance.
About 15 years up to now, Plungis was given a home-brewing gear as a Father’s Day reward. After that, he was hooked. Brewing grew to change into a passion.
Naturally, he known as his first gluten-free beer Blonde Annie, after his partner. In 2011, Blonde Annie scored 43 out of 50 potential elements on the 2011 Nationwide Home Brewing Rivals. Only a few months later, brewed with an space Denver brewery, it gained a gold medal on the Good American Beer Competitors.
Based partly on the success of Blonde Annie, Good Frontier was based mostly in September 2015. Blonde Annie stays the brewer’s signature gluten-free beer. Gluten-reduced beers embody a cream ale, an Irish purple ale and an American pale ale.
“Honestly, the gluten-free beers now we’ve, you really can’t inform the excellence” between them and standard beers, Mike Plungis said. Curious prospects who try Blonde Annie and the gluten-reduced beers often grow to be regulars, he said.
The brewing agency, 2010 S. Oak St., is in a former muffler retailer. Two commercial-sized storage doorways with southern publicity bathe the room in winter daylight. Picket planks repurposed from a 100-year-old barn in Longmont line the face of the bar and a wall behind the bar. Planks are moreover used to make among the many tables inside the taproom.
Brewers grain, a waste byproduct, or spent grain from the brewing course of, can be repurposed. A poultry and ostrich farmer in Pueblo hauls the spent grain south to feed his animals. An Outdated West wagon sits on a barely elevated patch of grass south of the developing, a piece of historic previous that subtly pronounces — Good Frontier.
The title Good Frontier is a deliberate part of the advertising technique. The upper case G in Good moreover stands for Gluten; and the upper case F in Frontier for Free, Mike Plungis said.
In reality, Good Frontier moreover provides an array of typical beers along with Oak Avenue IPA, Preacher’s Coconut Porter and Leo’s Lager, an Octoberfest/Marzen.
Proprietor Mike Plungis seems to be like at grains in baggage in his brewery at Good Frontier Brewing Agency on Nov. 18, 2018 in Lakewood. Good Frontier Brewing Agency focuses on gluten free and gluten diminished beers.Meals served on the brewing agency is cooked by area meals vans, along with Sizzle Meals Truck, Stella Blue Meals Truck and La Crepe a Papa. Meals truck schedules are posted on Good Frontier’s website. Board video video games may be discovered at Good Frontier. Trivia night is widespread and native fundraisers, like Colorado Provides Day benefiting the Second Wind Fund, mark the calendar. Children and canine are welcome.
“It’s an precise family environment, sort of like a European pub — that public residence ambiance,” Mike Plungis said. “Relationships be a part of and develop proper right here. We’re an space hangout. We’re part of the neighborhood, and that’s part of the gratifying of it.”
Plungis relations work every the brew residence, or once more room, the place the beers are brewed; and the doorway, or taproom, the place their work is savored. Annie, of Blonde Annie fame, tackles social media, merchandising and office work. Kelly, the couple’s daughter, tends bar and Tommy, the youngest, works inside the brew residence collectively along with his dad.
“They’ve all been a part of it, an enormous part of it, since we acquired going,” Mike Plungis said. “It’s good to see them, good to talk to them. It’s form of cool” to work together with your family members.