Our Craft Brewers Are Invading the US!

Red Truck opens a beachhead in Colorado today, and they're the first Canadian brewer to expand South in over a decade.

August 16, 2018

By Neal McLennan / Photo: Red Truck

There’s probably no better indicator of just how hopping our craft brewery scene is than the idea that not only is local success story Red Truck opening a brewery in the US, but that they’re going right into the belly of the beast: Fort Collins, Colorado, the epicentre of craft brewing in state that’s nuts for craft brewing.

The city’s reputation as pint-drinker’s dream stems from it being the birthplace of the New Belgium Brewing Company, whose Fat Tire Amber was one of the first beers to strike a blow against the industrial brewing that had dominated the beer landscape in North America since the 1970s. Today there’s more than 20 other craft breweries—not bad for a town with a population of 161,000.

The Red Truck team has taken over an existing operation but revamped it such that fans of the brand’s Vancouver spot will get the same vibe: “We stayed true to our brand and chose a city which felt like home'” was the take of Vice President of Operations Jim Dodds. The company is already at work on another spot in Denver’s very cool RiNo neighbourhood, which should be open in 2019. Solid representing, team.

Up next: Brassneck’s expansion to the Lower East Side (we hope).

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