If you visit Brix Brew and Tap at 813 8th St. in Greeley, you might notice that things look a little different.
While the faces behind the bar are the same and the list of beers on tap hasn’t changed, Brix Brew & Tap will now be known as TightKnit Brewing Co.
The brewery announced its rebranding efforts to the community via Facebook on Sunday.
Brewery co-owner Tommy Dyer and his crew bought the company four years ago, and while they made some changes to the original Brix brand, they just didn’t feel the name reflected the company’s passion and purpose.
“The TightKnit Brewing Company’s name derives from the way we strive to operate as a company,” Dyer said in the announcement. “We have a tight-knit group of employees who are more like family than colleagues. We believe that we have built a close relationship with our customers. Finally, we want to be a supportive community member closely associated with the City of Greeley, Evans, NoCo and the local programs that make our community such a great place to live.”
While their name has changed, the beer and dedication to the community will remain the same, Dyer said. Customers can still enjoy their favorite beers that have been a staple at the brewery for years, as well as new and tried beers.
In addition to the new name TightKnit Brewing Co., the company has expanded its brewing operations to include Evans.
The new brewing operations center is located at 3940 Carson Ave., Unit 4, just off 37th Street. The 2,900 square foot space offers easy access to Highway 85 and is a short distance from the taproom in downtown Greeley.
“We bought the building in May 2021. We had been looking for a space long before that, but this place was a project of over a year,” Dyer said. “We definitely looked at a lot of things downtown that were closer to our taproom, but with real estate prices it wasn’t that easy to find.”
The new expansion will allow TightKnit to more than triple its volume with a 10-barrel system.
“We have 18-foot ceilings, so we could fit a few more tanks here,” Dyer said. “We can stack the fermenters to add more or to make more space.”
As with many companies, the brewery encountered some problems when it came to supplying the tanks for the installation. The tanks were stuck on a boat in Los Angeles Harbor for months, Dyer said.
“We were supposed to have our fermenters in August, but we didn’t get them until January,” Dyer said. “So there was a big delay. We experienced some lag with other devices. The transformer was a big one that kept getting delayed and shipped. The delays have lasted much longer than we had hoped, but this is the COVID world we live in.
“But the fact that it’s ready and approved and we can start brewing here is a huge win for us.”
The Company will continue to use the tanks and brewing system built at the downtown location to service the taproom and act as a pilot system for new beers and test batches.
“We can do different fun and unique things that we can test with our customers in the market,” Dyer said. “The tanks here will stock our flagship beers and actually be able to distribute a bit of beer around town.”
The expanded brewing operations will also allow TightKnit to collaborate with other breweries on unique and interesting brews.
“Because of our tank space and our size over in the taproom, we were pretty limited as to what we could do with it,” Dyer said. “That’s one of the beauties of the brewing industry — while it’s competitive, it’s still very collaborative.”
The new expansion also allowed TightKnit to invest in an auger and grain mill, reducing the need and additional expense of purchasing pre-milled grain.
“Now we can use it to grind the grain to our liking and drill right down to the hopper,” Dyer said. “So the grain will sit up there and you can control how it flows in when you mash it.”
Along with expanding their brewing capabilities, Dyer and co. hope to use the space for tastings and events.
“We have a license to serve customers here, but that will not happen for the time being. We want to focus mainly on production now,” Dyer explained. “But maybe we’d just have a weekend set with something you might not get in our taproom. It will definitely be a different environment than the taproom.”
The building also has an office area, something Dyer doesn’t have downtown.
“At least now I have a desk and a little more peace and quiet,” he explained. “Once our tavern doors open, I’ll have to hide in the back somehow.”
For more information on TightKnit Brewing Co., hours of operation, beer on tap and more, visit www.tightknitbrewing.com.
https://www.greeleytribune.com/2022/06/30/brix-brew-tap-finds-its-identity-in-new-name-tightknit-brewing-co/ Brix Brew & Tap finds identity in new name – TightKnit Brewing Co.