After months of meticulous planning and careful deliberation, WeldWerks Brewing Co. will begin renovations for their second location west of Downtown Colorado Springs in Old Colorado City. The WeldWerks team will break ground on the former site of The Dive diner in early September with a tentative grand opening date slated for October.
“Anyone who has seen The Dive understands that it will be a full rehab but we will be basically keeping the same structure with new skin,” says Colin Jones, co-founder and CEO at WeldWerks. “We came up with some pretty out-there designs but ultimately, we elected to retain as much of the original structure as possible.”
Brewing operations in Greeley will send suds to the WeldWerks Colorado Springs taproom, which will have a laid-back, family-friendly vibe similar to its Greeley counterpart. What will be different, however, are crafted experiences that are unique to Colorado Springs. The end result will be a lively community gathering place that seeks to weave itself into the fabric of the neighborhood as it has done in Greeley.
Reviving the historic building (and adding a treehouse)
With the help of [au]workshop architects + urbanists, the WeldWerks team will flex their creative muscles to create a space that showcases their commitment to innovation and hospitality. The soon-to-be-named 1,300 sq ft facility will include an outdoor beer garden and a second-story treehouse-inspired patio with incredible views. Much of the historic building, which was built in the 1900s, will retain the cozy and funky character of Old Colorado City with a WeldWerks flair.
“Colorado Springs is an outdoorsy town so we want to make sure we’re adding conveniences and considerations for this crowd in our beer garden,” says Kristin Popcheff, director of operations at WeldWerks.
Perks for outdoor enthusiasts will include a dog-friendly outdoor area, summer events and lawn games. Outdoor areas will also include fire pits and patio heaters so beer drinkers can enjoy their libations outside all year-round. The brewery also plans to partner with local nonprofits and local businesses for beer dinners, fundraising events, and other collaborative events.
“The Dive had so much character and just speaks to us,” says Popcheff. “It’s certainly in need of a lot of love and TLC but we’re up for the challenge and see endless potential with this space.”
Details including the name of the Colorado Springs location and the date for WeldWerks’ grand opening party will be announced at a later time.