Sanitas Brewing Co., a startup brewery that previously had eyed an east Boulder warehouse that once housed a post office sorting center, has shifted gears and inked a lease for a portion of what used to be the city's sole velodrome.
Sanitas leased a 15,000-square-foot space at 3550 Frontier Ave. in a spacious warehouse unit that formerly housed the racing track of Boulder Indoor Cycling, which shuttered last year.
Initial plans call for the installation of a 15-barrel brewhouse, canning line and tasting room that, when combined, will fill part of the leased space.
"We have a big footprint because we have big goals," said co-founder Michael Memsic, who has partnered with Chris Coyne and Zach Nichols to launch the brewery.
The new direction for Sanitas' home base came a couple months after the brewer filed paperwork with the city of Boulder to open a brewery at 1860 38th St., a 14,031-square-foot building that formerly served as a U.S. Postal Service sorting center and warehouse.
Those efforts did not come to fruition. However, the owl-logoed Sanitas landed less than a mile away.
Officials with Conscience Bay, a Boulder-based private equity firm, reached out to Sanitas and recruited the upstart brewery for its newly acquired warehouse property, Memsic said.
"We fit with their model; they really fit with our model," he said.
That model involves taking a combined 20 years of brewing experience, building out a taproom and outdoor beer garden and serving a selection of offerings that "push the limits of beer," Memsic said.
"We're convinced the consumer wants to watch the brewers have fun," he said.
Sanitas' trio is remaining tight-lipped about specific details related to the beer, but indicated that a "coolship" fermentation process and barrel aging would be a big part of the beer program.
Construction is underway and tanks are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.
Sanitas remains on target for a late-June, early-July opening, officials said.
If plans move forward as expected, Sanitas would join the swelling ranks of craft breweries in east Boulder. Within the past year, breweries such as Fate Brewing Co., J Wells Brewing, Upslope Brewing and Wild Woods Brewing have opened in the eastern wing of the city.
BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats, the evolution of chef Ian Clark's garage brewery BRU into a brewpub, is expected to be the newest east Boulder addition. BRU officials are eyeing an end-of-May opening for the brewery and restaurant at 5290 Arapahoe Ave.
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