Denver has done a decent job of hanging on to historic buildings and venues. One such example is the Tivoli Building, now part of the university system near downtown Denver.
The Tivoli we know today was originally built for the Tivoli Brewery Company in 1859. By the 1950s, the brewery became one of the largest breweries in the country by producing up to 150,000 barrels a year. Over the next decade, changing of owners, a historic flood and labor strikes set the business back. In April of 1969, the Tivoli Brewery closed for business. In 1973, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, guaranteeing the restoration and protection of the buildings and major brewing equipment.
Fast forward more than 40 years and many iterations of the space. It is now a lively student union for Auraria Higher Education Center. And just last year, the brewery reopened! Skip and I are getting married at the Tivoli and plan to serve this beer. We had to go in and sample. My friend Sam is showing off the adorable taster glasses. Great, drinkable beer. Can’t wait to return.