It’s a sign of the times, that we find ourselves increasingly reporting on brewery closings. But with more than 6,300 craft breweries currently online and industry growth slowing, announcements from breweries such as Baderbräu and Caution are unfortunately becoming more common…
Just last week we reported that Richmond, Virginia-based Twisted Ales had shuttered its doors and now we learn that two additional breweries , one in Denver the other in Chicago, are closing.
The third brewery in Metro Denver after Beryl’s Beer and Nighthawk Brewing to close in 2018, Caution Brewing will soon be shutting its doors for the last time.
Founded in 2010 by Danny Wang and Betty Foley, Caution Brewing was “one of the first in a wave of small, taproom-only breweries in Colorado” according to Westword and with its “famed five-barrel brewing system, acquired from Odell Brewing, that was used to make unusual herb and spice-flavored beers,” quickly garnered a passionate following that enabled them to open a second location, Caution West in Lakewood.
In 2016 Westword reported that Caution had turned its original space over to the Brewability Lab so that it could focus on running its three-barrel Lakewood taproom. And maybe that transaction was an early sign that their business was beginning to struggle and a precursor to Caution Brewing’s announcement that it will be ending a great run on June 30th.
Chicago-based Baderbrau Brewing, a retired Chicago craft beer brand that was resurrected three years ago as the city was riding wave of new brewery openings, has according to the Chicago Tribune “stopped making beer and has put its South Loop operation up for sale.”
In 2015, Baderbrau relaunched its brand and opened a 25,000-square-foot brewery. “An ambitious project,” as reporter Josh Noel notes “for a brand still forging a connection with its local audience.”
Primarily known for its lagers and for an original Czech-style Pils that historian Michael Jackson once called “the best Pilsner I’ve ever tasted in America ” Baderbrau Brewing seems to have fallen victim to increased competition in a state that’s currently home to at least 225 breweries.