Periodic Brewing Opens Its Doors in Leadville
By Brennan Ruegg, Leadville Today Contributor
A new brand of Leadville brew has made its way into town. Periodic Brewing, claiming the title of world’s highest craft brewery, holds its Grand Opening this weekend, Nov. 14 & 15 from high noon until 9 p.m.
With over 25 years of collective brewing experience, brothers Chris and Evan Labbe, along with Tim Lesiczka, have been at work for the past several months, writing recipes and fine-tuning them to the demands of altitude, perfecting a wide selection of original craft beer. Now they are ready to open the doors, and taps, to the public.
A newly remodeled location at 115 E. 7th Street, where Rosie’s Brewpub once resided, features two levels, a horseshoe bar, twelve taps, a fireplace, couches and televisions, a banquet room, and brand new shiny brewing equipment, visible from 7th Street.
“We want this to be a family joint,” said Chris Labbe, when asked what people should come to expect of the new business. “We want to resist competition, work with the other local businesses, rather than against them.” Periodic Brewing will be a place of its own in Leadville, different from the late night bar scene, and operating as a commissary, which means a range of possibilities as they get their foothold in the community.
Expect to see some of these new beers on tap at your usual Leadville hangout, or bring your hangout to the brewery. All outside food is welcome, so order to go and bring a deck of cards along with the kids and have a place to hang in a well-lit, spacious, friendly environment.
The Grand Opening will feature at least seven original brews, some of which are made with locally foraged ingredients like juniper berries and spruce tips. Selection includes an IPA, Imperial Brown Ale, Barrel Aged Stout, and Amber Ale, alongside several guest beers from nearby breweries (who have been more than helpful to Pb with high-altitude brewing tips), and a host of fine wines. Periodic Brewing won’t be stopping there however. With plans for better self-sufficiency and new beer as original as Maple Bacon Barley Wine and Mint Chocolate Porter, these guys are just getting started and are anxious to find out what Leadville thinks about their beer game.
Thanks due to the Labbe wives, Pam and Bethany, and big poppa, newly christened Mayor Greg Labbe for being in town to help when duty called elsewhere.
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