Brewery eyed for Hayden |

Brewery eyed for Hayden

Plans for a brewery in Hayden are closer to becoming a reality.

Hayden residents Jared Aylor and brewmaster Neil Siggson are asking the town for a conditional use permit to open the brewery at Walnut Street and Jefferson Avenue. The location would be in an existing space next to A-1 Liquor.

The Hayden Planning Commission has recommended issuing the permit.

The Hayden Town Council will consider the permit during its Thursday meeting. Town staff members will give their reports beginning at 7 p.m., and the regular meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Aylor outlined his plans for the Yampa Valley Brewing Company in his application for the permit, but could not be reached for comment.

“We are just two guys with a passion for making and tasting hand-crafted beer with a vision of passing on that opportunity to others in the valley,” Aylor wrote in the application. “We feel that (the) brewery industry is an established and still flourishing tourist industry, and there is no reason why Hayden should not be a part of it. We want to create an atmosphere where families, friends, visitors and tourists can come relax and enjoy a good conversation and a beer. We truly believe that Hayden will become a destination for beer enthusiasts. If Steamboat can have three (breweries), why can’t Hayden have one?”

Yampa Valley Brewing Company plans to produce beer twice a month with a seven-barrel system, which they say is small by industry standards. The tasting area will be next to the brewing area, and food will be available. They plan to be open from noon to 9 p.m.

“The goal of a brewpub is not to be a bar,” Aylor wrote. “Our passion is creating quality beer with intent to distribute so that others can sell and serve our beer in other establishments.”

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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