University Park loses Fermaentra, its only microbrewery

In a surprising turn of events, the owners of Fermaentra (1715 East Evans Avenue) have closed their doors. According to the Washington Park Profile, the “owners cited overhead and rising costs as the reason for the closure”.

The site shows ‘For Lease”. Furniture and brewing equipment remain.

The brewery closing is a surprise considering that the location was usually bustling during business hours – but the location did not open up until the afternoon – one of the operation’s shortfalls. The microbrewery operated with food trucks (a Denver ordinance for food service at microbreweries), featured local art on its walls and offered board games for patrons. Fermaentra was particularly busy after hockey and lacrosse games as well as other on-campus events.

Prior to closing, Fermaentra’s Trip Advisor score was 4 stars and Yelp had the brewery at 4.5 stars. So, the overall experience and beer quality were very good.

The closest other options for microbrewery aficionados in the interim would include Declaration Brewery (2030 South Cherokee), Grandma’s House –new (1710 South Broadway) and Platt Park Brewing Company (1875 South Pearl). But, none of these are within convenient walking distance of the DU campus.

The owners Brennan Mann and Spencer O’Bryan say they are transferring their space to “a brewery with a fresh and exciting model” that will take its place. “We can’t disclose the brewery’s name or their plan, but trust us, it will be a very unique model for the Denver area,” they wrote to Westword. That being said, there is a For Lease sign in the window now so those plans may have gone up in suds. All the furnishings and brewing equipment are still in the building.