Raíces Brewing Company by Morgan Forsyth
Raíces, meaning “roots”, is a community taproom delivering flavors related to Latin America in a cultural venue on the Platte River in Denver, Colorado. The official grand opening of Raíces Brewing Company will be on Saturday, December 7. With a 15 barrel system, they will be opening with seven unique beers on tap – six of which will be year-round brews. Brewers Martin Vargas and Aaron Lancaster have been hard at work brewing classic styles of beer while incorporating flavors related to Latin American, including their Cafecito (meaning “small coffee”) coffee blonde, rich in flavor and light in body.
Raíces isn’t your typical taproom to come and enjoy beer, but rather a cultural venue where the community can gather and listen to live music, enjoy local artwork and Latino food trucks. Their involvement in the Latino community prompted a grant from the Brewer’s Association to aid them in developing the first craft beer festival in the country celebrating Latino craft breweries, brewers, beers, community and culture. Suave Fest took place Saturday, September 14, 2019 and featured 10 Latino-owned craft breweries from around Colorado. Plans are already in the works for next years Suave Fest, which will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2020. Being able to create a beer fest celebrating the Latino community and culture was a milestone for Raíces Brewing Company and other Latino-owned craft breweries, bringing awareness for diversification and accessibility in the craft beer industry.
With plans in the next couple of years to become a brewpub with their own dynamic menu, the future for this unique brewery is exciting! Currently, the taproom is open to the public before their grand opening – you can stop in Wednesday through Sunday to enjoy a pint on the river and explore the cultural place on the Platte!