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Beer garden opens a stone’s throw from Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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By Deborah Swearingen

Nestled in a quaint cottage on a shady parcel in Morrison is a new beer garden serving solely Colorado beers.

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Since first opening its doors in April, Red Rocks Beer Garden is working to find its footing in hopes of becoming the go-to place for hikers, visitors, locals, dog lovers and concert-goers alike.

“We wanted to be a place people would come beforehand,” owner Paul Thompson said of his business’ relationship with the famous concert venue.

The beer garden, at 116 Stone St. in the former home of Flights Wine Cafe, is fewer than 2 miles away from Red Rocks. In working to solidify his beer garden as the place to have a drink before a show, Thompson began offering $2 off the first beer on concert nights for all ticket holders.

Later, Red Rocks Beer Garden partnered with LiveNation to host ticket giveaways on Wednesdays.

The deals seem to be working. Prior to Ween’s second night at Red Rocks on June 6, one fan stopped in for a beer several hours before cars began filling the lots. He said he saw the sign offering $2 off, decided to stop in, and was ultimately pleased with the selection and the atmosphere.

Weekend business is booming, and Thompson remains hopeful that it will continue to do so as Morrison’s peak summer season nears. Additionally, he is constantly working on new ideas to draw people in such as offering Stage Rock Colorado Ale (New Belgium’s signature Red Rocks brew) or hosting a special night where customers buy a signature Red Rocks Beer Garden glass and get their first beer free.

WANT TO GO?
Visit Red Rocks Beer Garden at 116 Stone St., in Morrison. The business is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Learn more at www.redrocksbeergarden.com.