The Southwests Original Brewpub
Executive Chef Dave Cuntz on Food Network
Carver Brewing Co. Executive Chef Dave Cuntz was featured on the popular show “Guys Grocery Games” on the Food Network. Chef Dave outcooked three other contestants in three rounds of cooking challenges. Read More…
Durango Cooks at Carvers
Carver Brewing Company Chef Dave Cuntz prepares his Butternut Squash Winter Salad and a holiday treat: his Eggnog Créme Brulée dessert.
Carver’s Wins Green Business of the Year Award
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.
Carver Brewing Company Heats Water with Sun!
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.
Southwest’s Original Brewpub powered by 100% Wind
Carvers was the first 100% Wind powered Restaurant and Brewery in Durango. We purchase all of our electricity as “Green Power”, electricity generated from clean, renewable resources. This renewable energy and its attributes, comes from wind- generating facilities across the western United States.
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 down the Grand Canyon instead, so we became the second Brewpub in Colorado. No regrets here!
There’s a great story about it in the Westword:
In the spring of 1988, John Hickenlooper and his business partners took out an ad in a homebrewer publication promising the public that “Colorado’s first brewpub,” as they were calling it, would open for business on August 4 of that year.
But August dragged into September, which became October. Read More…
Carver Bakery Is Founded
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 the four corners region since prohibition. Although still known affectionately by the locals as “Carvers”, Carvers then became Carver Brewing Company.
Jimmy Carter Signs HR1337 Allowing Home Brewing
In November 1978, Congress passed HR1337 repealing Federal restrictions on the home brewing of small amounts of beer. Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, signed the bill into law in February 1979, and many states soon followed suit. However, this bill left individual states free to pass their own laws limiting production, leaving some states, like Alabama, with the old laws still on the books. Check out this article to see what an amazing affect this had on the proliferation of Small, Locally owned and operated brewpubs.