Focus on the Beer - March 10, 2016
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Buena Vista, Colorado’s first craft beer bar to open Summer 2016
Considering my folks just bought property not too far from downtown Buena Vista, this is definitely a cool thing coming. Can’t wait for the opening this Summer!
Buena Vista, Colo. – March 10, 2016 – This summer, the small mountain town of Buena Vista, Colorado will get its first ever craft beer bar. The Jailhouse will be located on East Main Street, the town’s main strip that incudes Deerhammer Distillery, House Rock Kitchen, The Lariat bar (and soon-to-be music venue), as well as numerous other small businesses.
Buena Vista, a quaint mountain town of less than 3,000 people, is set amongst numerous 14,000-foot peaks in the Arkansas River Valley just over 20 miles north of Salida. The Jailhouse proprietor, Sarah Haughey, a Colorado native who has spent almost five years in the local beer industry, was drawn to the Collegiate Peaks area for its scenery and access to numerous outdoor activities.
“Denver was becoming too crazy for me so I finally made the smart decision to get out and head to the mountains,” says Haughey. “I’ve been coming to the Ark Valley since I was little so it’s always had a special place in my heart. As soon as I moved to Buena Vista, I knew it was home. And my home needs beer, which BV is lacking, so I’m hoping to bring some awesome craft beer to BV.”
The Jailhouse is located in a historic building that was once a stable turned temporary jail and confidential storage space as Buena Vista was splitting off from Lake County to join Chaffee County in the late 1800s. The building was added to the National Register of Historical Buildings in 1979.
The approximately 1,000-square-foot space will feature antique lighting, rustic wood, a custom-made bar and patio seating. The Jailhouse will offer 10 rotating taps and a small selection of cans and bottles, plus a limited wine list. A small bite menu is also in the works.
“The space will definitely have a jailhouse feel but we won’t have barred cells or anything,” jokes Haughey. “I want to keep as much of the history of the building alive; I won’t be changing much besides adding in some aesthetics and, of course, the bar.”
The Jailhouse is currently undergoing permitting and will announce an opening date in the coming months. The news of The Jailhouse comes just after the town of Buena Vista voted to approve plans for a 20,000 person music festival in the area at the beginning of August.