A prominent local cidery is moving locations within Denver’s River North Arts District and making way for a new country music and beer bar that will front its new beer brand, Howdy Beer.
Stem Ciders, at 2811 Walnut St., will slide a few blocks down from its home of nearly a decade to 3040 Blake St., replacing the recently closed restaurant The Preservery. The move will enable Stem to add a full kitchen and bar program, as well as expand other attractions like live music. It will also boast a rooftop patio.
Chef Matt Ochs, who leads the kitchen at Stem Ciders Acreage in Lafayette, will design a menu of “approachable, down-home” items like sandwiches, a coney dog and other small plates. Eventually the kitchen will serve lunch and brunch, too.
Stem Ciders said it expects to close on Sept. 30 and reopen in its new location by the end of the year. “The neighborhood has certainly evolved over the last 10 years, and we’re thrilled to grow into a new space that will better reflect how Stem has also evolved over the last decade,” Stem Ciders co-founder Eric Foster said in a statement.
Howdy Bar, a “no-frills country western-themed bar,” will replace Stem Ciders in its original location on Walnut. In April, Stem Ciders acquired the Howdy Beer brand from Lafayette’s The Post Brewing Co. and has since expanded its distribution throughout Colorado and in Texas, Tennessee and Oklahoma. The beer is billed as a crisp Western pilsner with biscuit notes.
“The state of Colorado is still in many ways the Wild West,” Foster said. “With Howdy Bar, we’re hoping to channel that Western spirit of peanut shells on the ground, old school country music blasting, shots of whiskey, pitchers of Howdy Beer flowing, crisp refreshing ciders, and generally an approachable place for industry friends to come hang post shift.”
Howdy Bar is expected to open the first week of October, just in time for the Great American Beer Festival (Oct. 6-8), where it will also have its own booth.
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