In an effort to increase production and shore up more beer, Niwot's Bootstrap Brewing Co. inked an agreement to rent time on the brewing equipment of Boulder-based Sanitas Brewing Co., officials announced Wednesday.
The alternating proprietorship agreement will allow for Bootstrap to brew and package greater amounts of its beer, officials said.
Bootstrap opened in 2012 at 6778 N. 79th St. in Niwot with a 3.5-barrel brewhouse and kettle. Niwot's sole craft brewery recently added a 15-barrel fermenter, said Leslie Kaczeus, Bootstrap's co-founder. Bootstrap produced 437 barrels, or 13,457 gallons, of beer last year and very well could produce close to 1,000 barrels this year, she said.
Bootstrap purchased another 15-barrel fermenter that is now housed at Sanitas. Steve Kaczeus, Bootstrap's co-founder and brewer, will brew additional batches of Bootstrap beer on site at Sanitas.
"We've been working really hard since we opened to keep brewing more and more beer," Leslie Kaczeus said. "The alternating proprietorship we looked at as a gap filler to help us increase the capacity until we can do more at our place."
Bootstrap is in the process of an expansion, which would result in the brewery occupying the entirety of the 3,200-square-foot brewery in downtown Niwot, she said. The Kaczeuses recently submitted plans for the permitting process, she said.
The alternating proprietorship agreement also allows Bootstrap access to Sanitas' canning machine. As a result, Bootstrap plans to release its Insane Rush IPA in 12-ounce cans. Those cans could be released by late-spring or early summer, she said.
Currently, Bootstrap distributes its beers in 22-ounce glass bombers to about 30 liquor stores in a 10-to-15-mile radius surrounding the brewery. Bootstrap also has about 20 restaurant accounts.
The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Sanitas Brewing Co. opened last year at 3550 Frontier Ave., off Pearl and Foothills parkways in Boulder.