As a member of the NoCo craft beer scene for some time, walking into the industry soft-opening of Envy Brewing felt like a family reunion. Brewers, beertenders, sales reps and owners from Purpose, Gilded Goat, Intersect, Funkwerks, Jessup Farms, Timnath, Troubadour Malting and so many more were showing their support. Envy is being welcomed into the community with open arms and full glasses. The owners started their brewery with community in mind; instead of focusing on a beer style or origin country, they chose to focus on collaborations.
On opening weekend, all eight beers being served are collaboration brews. Dave Rosso, owner, and head brewer at Snowbank Brewing brewed two beers with Envy head brewer Brian Connery; Chicory Dickory Dock, a Winter Warmer and Lucky Number Seven, a cherry kettle sour. “It is a truly collaborative experience. Brian and his partners really want to be part of this community, to engage.”
Even their equipment has a community vibe; most of the 17.5 barrel brewing system came from other breweries including Ellis Island Brewing in Las Vegas and Three Four Brewing of Fort Collins, which closed last summer. “It’s nice to see them have a new home,” Linsey Cornish, former head brewer of Three Four said of her former fermentation tanks that now reside at Envy.
This final product is a decade in the making. Erik Schmidt, the “people-person” and assistant brewer along with Joe Morgan, the CFO, and mechanical engineer have dreamed of a brewery of their own for ten years. The real business plans started eight years ago, construction concepts began in February 2017 and official construction broke ground in what used to be Peloton Cycles, March 2018. They are excited to be partnering with head brewer Brian, who has 22 years of brewing experience including Dogfish Head Brewery, Boulder Beer Co. and New Belgium Brewing.
Future collaboration plans include quarterly brews with Fort Collins homebrew club, The Liquid Poets Society. The intention is to send the home brewers and their respective beers to compete in the pro-am division at the Great American Beer Festival.
Along with beer, wine and cocktails with local spirits including Coppermuse, Elevation 5003 and Feisty Spirits are also available; and yes, there are beer cocktails. Their small, yet robust kitchen will feature “naan-za”, their take on naan, flatbread pizzas along with other simple food options like Bavarian pretzels and rib tips. Crowlers will be ready to fill opening weekend, with label design by Dana Hood, CEO, accountant and fabricator for Envy.
Envy Brewing is located in southeast Fort Collins on the corner of Harmony and Ziegler at 3027 E. Harmony Rd, Ste 2, Fort Collins, CO 80528. Opening weekend hours are Friday and Saturday, 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-9pm, with normal hours including Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm.
And with the very first glass being broken before the end of their first night open, the good luck has officially begun.