Craig’s new brewery looking at new opening date after licensing issues bubble up |

Craig’s new brewery looking at new opening date after licensing issues bubble up

Workers keep a quick pace Thursday on the interior of The Barrel Cathedral in downtown Craig.
Andy Bockelman

Craig’s local brewery has hit a bureaucratic snag and probably won’t be open for several more weeks.

Yampa Valley Brewing Company’s Erica Tieppo said Tuesday the company hopes to be ready by sometime in June due to having secured the wrong type of brewing license.

She said Craig’s new brewery — The Barrel Cathedral — currently has a brewpub license but not a manufacturing license needed to produce and age its own beer in downtown Craig.

“You can only have one,” Tieppo said of the licensing required.

Tieppo plans to meet again with Craig City Council May 14 to get their new manufacturing license approved, then the paperwork is at the mercy of the state and federal bureaucracy.

“Once our new licensing goes through the federal and state level, we’ll begin the barrel operation over there,” Tieppo said.

Jennifer Holloway, the new director of Craig Chamber of Commerce, said she’s excited about the prospect of the new downtown business.

“A vibrant downtown is key to having an attractive business environment for home-grown businesses, attracting remote workers and providing visitors with a fulfilling experience,” Holloway said. “This is the perfect kind of venue to compliment our amazing outdoor recreation opportunities and enhance our downtown culture.”

Holloway said a cadre of loyal downtown business owners know the value of a successful downtown Craig.

“Downtown is key and a huge shout-out to all of our local downtown business owners for believing in the bigger vision of our community,” Hollway said.

The brewery will also feature a Cajun bistro restaurant inside it — a separate operation called Fais Do-do which Tieppo said will be run by a Cajun woman.

“She’s from Lousiana, so she will be cooking mostly authentic Cajun food,” Tieppo said.

Though they probably won’t be able to have guest taps inside the brewery, Tieppo plans to showcase Craig-born resident Jason Yester of Trinity Brewing and former Hayden resident Gordon Schuck of Funkwerks in future festivals held downtown.

YVBC, based in Hayden, will also have its normal beer lineup in Craig for those who have developed a taste for the classics.

“Our more approachable lineup — blonde, red, IPA, etc. — will be available in the taproom, so there is a range of beer for any palate,” Tieppo said.

The also plans to hold at least one more, perhaps two more Tap Takeovers at Carelli’s featuring select brews for the Craig community.

“We did make a second batch of sour, the BingBingBling cherry sour we had at Carelli’s,” Tieppo said. “It’s made with 100–something pounds of bing cherries.”

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