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…