Gunner’s Libation: Keep on Brewing | AspenTimes.com

Gunner’s Libation: Keep on Brewing

by Erica Robbie

The Aspen Brewing Co.'s downtown tap room — as well as the popular breakfast eatery, Over Easy — celebrated their final weekend of business inside the Seguin Building (304 E. Hopkins Ave.) as Hillstone Restaurant Group soon will take over the space. The restaurant group purchased the building, which houses Aspen Brewing and Over Easy, for $6 million from Aspen developer Mark Hunt on May 10. The Hillstone chain operates nearly 50 restaurants, including the White House Tavern next door, in more than 10 states. Aspen Brewing Co. owner Duncan Clauss said Friday they are working on "some ideas and concepts" to open a tap room elsewhere. The crew is exploring locations in town and the option to open a tap room at its production facility in the Aspen Business Center, which would be "a little more in line with breweries elsewhere," Clauss said. He added, "Obviously having a retail presence right in downtown is important to us." The ABC headquarters are the heart and engine of the brewery, Clauss said, noting that they will continue to brew beer. "Aspen Brewing Co. is definitely not shutting its doors, pouring its last pint or closing up shop," Clauss said. "(Manufacturing) is the main part of our business and always has been the main focus."

Libations was created by beloved Aspen Times publisher Gunilla Asher, who died June 2, 2014, after a brave battle with cancer. Cheers — to Gunner!

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