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.

3 thoughts on “University Park loses Fermaentra, its only microbrewery”

  1. The DU area is a very fickle operating environment for any food or beverage business. There are only a few really long-term stalwarts – Stadium Inn, Jerusalem and Mustard’s Last Stand come to mind for 30+ years in business, and there are some that have become reliable 10+ year places like Crimson and Gold, The Pioneer, the first Chipotle and University Park Cafe, but the most of the other places just seem to come and go – making it more than two or three years in the DU neighborhood is pretty hard to do for most places. The majority of students are not locals (making it hard to build a regular, long term customer base), school break periods are long (making revenue cycles fluctuate) and neighborhood parking is a serious problem for many businesses – trying to make it on foot traffic alone is difficult, limiting people from other neighborhoods to be regulars. You really need to be very good and very reasonably priced to have a shot…

  2. Good points, Puck. I think their hours of operation hurt them, too. The food truck requirement has always been an issue for microbreweries as well a dumb regulation. I always thought they should have been open for lunch, too. They were missing an important revenue period during the day. Still, even with only 30 weeks of school in session and locals traffic, a well-run microbrewery should be able to make it in this area.

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