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Denver was just five years old when Moritz Sigi began brewing his “Buck Beer” for thirsty gold miners. By 1900, when the brand was renamed “Tivoli,” brewing was centered in this sprawling five-story brick complex in Denver’s Auraria neighborhood. Tivoli Beer was a staple of bars throughout the west until the company finally closed in 1969. A 1980s renovation turned the building into a student union for the nearby Auraria Campus, but by 2010 large portions of the building were empty and outdated.
After a forty-three-year absence, Tivoli Beer began flowing again in 2012. To further develop the revived brand, the brewery’s owners embarked upon a $3.5 million renovation of the old building (with the help of ($975,000 in State Historic Preservation Tax Credits) to serve as their brewery and tap house. The non-historic additions of the 1980s were removed, and the historic interior features were restored. New brewing equipment occupies the space where Tivoli’s original mash tuns and copper kettles once stood. In addition to revitalizing an abandoned space, the Brewery project also created thirty new full-time jobs.
900 Auraria Parkway, Denver
Built in 1882
Project costs: $3,500,000
State Tax Credit: $975,000
Opening date: 2017