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ASPEN ” Beer lovers looking to wet their whistles at the new Aspen Brewery will have to wait a little longer.

The new brewery and tasting room, originally scheduled to open in mid-December, won’t be open until at least the end of the month, said co-owner Duncan Clauss.

Delays in construction have delayed the grand opening by more than a month.

“We are working day and night to get the doors open,” Clauss said.

Clauss expects to get the brewery’s four fermenters operating next week, and it will take two weeks for the beer to be brewed. During that time, Clauss hopes to put the final touches on the interior of the building, located at 557 N. Mill St.

“Our brew system is in place but we don’t want to rush it and serve bad beer,” he said, adding four different brews will be available at the beginning. “We are very close. We are anxious as everybody to get it open.”

Clauss, and his business partners, Rory Douthit and Brad Veltman, last fall signed a three-year lease in the 2,000-square-foot space owned by local attorneys Ron Garfield and Andy Hecht, as well as several other investors.

Aspen Brewery will operate with a manufacturing/wholesale license, meaning it doesn’t follow state or city liquor laws, which forbids liquor sales at retail outlets on Sundays. The difference is that Aspen Brewery is manufacturing a product and selling it wholesale.

The license applies across the board, so whether a thirsty customer wants to sample beer at the brewery’s tasting room or take some home in a growler (a beer-to-go glass bottle), they can do it seven days a week.

SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Longtime Snowmass Ski Area instructor Kenneth Parks, 54, died at his home in Snowmass Village on Jan. 6, of complications from heart disease, the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office confirmed Wednesday.

According to Dr. Chuck Johnson, Parks was at home when his wife heard a loud sound from the couple’s bedroom, and went in a short time later to find him lying on the floor.

An autopsy revealed that Parks suffered from advanced coronary arterial disease.

BASALT ” A decision by leaders of St. Vincent Catholic Church to keep their sanctuary in downtown Basalt and expand it rather than move elsewhere was embraced by the Town Council on Tuesday night.

The parish wants to demolish the existing rectory and add 8,420 square feet to the west side of the existing sanctuary. About half of the addition will be in a basement with the remainder on the first floor.

The addition will allow the church to accommodate its flock better, said Ted Guy, an architect and planner representing St. Vincent in the town review. Services are often standing room only on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons, he said.

The Town Council voted 7-0 to grant the first round of approval to the application. The town staff as well as the town planning and zoning commission recommended approval. The town’s new master plan encourages maintaining existing facilities like a church on Midland Avenue.

“I think it’s fantastic that you guys are staying ” I really do,” said Basalt Councilman Glenn Rappaport.

“St. Vincent has been there for well over 100 years and I’m glad they’re going to stay there,” added Mayor Leroy Duroux.

Even with town approvals, the expansion will be a “multi-year” process, Guy said. Fundraising for the project will be a major undertaking.

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