Read DGO’s piece on the beginnings of Durango’s first brew pub here.
Where the Beers Are: Carver’s Highlighted in Wall Street Journal
THINK GREEN DRINK BEER
A Green Business of the Year winner, Carvers has made every effort to protect our future by using thoughtful alternative and sustainable energy solutions. We lead by example by doing everything possible to become more environmentally responsible, and hope that our alternative powered, eco-conscious restaurant and brewery sets the standard.
In April 2008 Carver Brewing Co. installed 16 solar collectors, the largest solar hot water system in Durango at the time. The array not only heats water but heats the restaurant. The array of collectors you see feeds into a solar heated water storage that has a 900 gallon capacity.
Through contributions and community fundraisers, Carver Brewing Co. and the Carver family have donated over $600,000.00 to the Powerhouse Science Center, an interactive science center for all ages.
How Carver’s Was Almost the First Brewpub in Colorado and Why it Wasn’t. (Hint: Grand Canyon + Boat)
In 1988 Carvers opened the brewery – making it the first brewery in the four corners region since prohibition. Although still known affectionately by the locals as “Carvers”, Carvers then became Carver Brewing Company. Turns out we were just a few months short of claiming the first Brewpub in Colorado. We went on a River Trip
Carver Brothers Bakery first opened on June 1, 1983, in Winter Park, Colorado. It started with Jim, Bill, Sara and Eleanor Carver. In 1986 Jim, Bill and Barb Wynne opened Carvers Bakery / Café in Durango and the Winter Park Bakery was sold.
In 1988 Carvers opened the brewery – making it the first brewery in