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Happy 3rd Anniversary - Comrade Brewing in Denver

Comrade Brewing Company  by Morgan Forsyth, Craft Beer Promoter  

Comrade Brewing Company was opened in April 2014 by Chairman David Lin and Brewmaster Marks Lanham, both who had production brewing experience. This past year has been a time of growth and challenge for the brewery. They took a major literal hit but also managed to reach new peaks, all which Comrade will celebrate during their three-year anniversary this Saturday, April 22.

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Since opening in April of 2014 Comrade Brewing quickly developed a reputation for their hoppy offerings, particularly their flagship American IPA Superpower. Due to the continuing high demand for Superpower IPA the brewery added a new 30 barrel fermenter and 30 barrel brite tank dedicated to Superpower production alone. They also added two new 15 barrel fermenters so that Comrade could sink its teeth (or fill their glasses) with lagers. Increased IPA production has allowed to the brewery to add new high volume accounts like the Cherry Cricket, Curio Bar and Mercantile.
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To help with increased production Comrade hired a new brewer one year ago. Mike Durland claims his pedigree from Oskar Blues Brewery and Avery Brewing Co. These brewery's philosophies were a good fit for Comrade. so it’s no wonder Comrade has continued to receive some pretty awesome medals for their beers in the last year alone. To name a few:

  • 2016 Gold Medal at World Beer Cup in the Chili Beer category for their Yellow Fever, a jalapeno citra blonde ale

  • 2016 North American Brewers Association Bronze Medal for their Yellow Card Blonde

  • 2016 North American Brewers Association Silver Medal for their Honeyman IPA    

Comrade is also know for winning back-to-back silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival for their Wet Hop version of Superpower, in 2014 and 2015.
The past year hasn’t been completely smooth sailing for Comrade. In October of 2016 the front of the brewery was hit by a pickup truck, which slammed into the brewery's 15 barrel JV Northwest brewing platform and caused damage to the brewery's gas and water lines as well as a load bearing beam. Comrade had to suspend brewing operations for almost two months, but returned triumphantly with their first ever triple dry hopped version of Superpower IPA - and they named it More Dodge, Less Ram.

In celebration of their three year anniversary, Comrade will be releasing their first ever Grapefruit Superpower IPA along with vintages of the 2016 Quit Stalin, 2016 Kentucky Barrel Aged Quit Stalin and Barrel Aged Vanilla Coffee Quit Stalin.

Even though Comrade has experienced change and growth over the last three years many things have remained the same. Their commitment to producing world class, balanced beers remains intact, and then there's the fact that they have retained all of the original employees since the brewery first opened. Patrons have been greeted by the same smiling faces for three years! Candace Peterson, Erica Faith, Michael Graff, Aly Malm and Ben Hausmann. Adison Conway, the brewery's sales rep, began in Comrade’s first year in September of 2014. Their taproom manager, Nate Mayback, started a year and a half ago and brewer Mike Durland started just before their two year anniversary. Cheers, Comrade!


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Comrade Brewing

7667 East Iliff Avenue
Denver, CO 80231
(720) 748-0700




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