Cellar West founder & brewer Zach Nichols began his beer journey in 2009 while working at a small bottle shop in his native Madison, Wisconsin, and later took the brewing reins at a small brewpub in the midwest countryside. Here, he learned to craft traditional lager and eccentric Belgian farmhouse ales. In 2012 Zach's wife, Rachael, lead him to the Front Range where he spent several years working in the Colorado brewing industry, including a stint in the world of mead-making. In December of 2016, their longstanding dream of a small, artisanal beer company was brought to life in a little garage space in North Boulder. There, nestled at the base of the foothills, Rachael and Zach founded Cellar West Artisan Ales. After 2 years in Boulder, it was time to add more space for seating and barrels, along with an expanded brewhouse and packaging. An 11 mile move would land Cellar West in nearby Lafayette, Colorado. Opened in 2018, and still our home today.
Farmhouse Ale is not any single style of beer. Originating in South Belgium, this family of ales was first brewed on small farms using local ingredients. Farmhouse Ales are known for their effervescence, nuanced flavors, enticing yeast character, and pleasantly dry finish. Along with our prized Farmhouse Ales, we craft an array of small batch lagers and clean, classically-styled American Pale Ales & IPA's
Farmhouse Ale, Rustic Lager, & Classic Hoppy Beer
Since our inception, we've embraced the beautiful art of barrel aging at Cellar West Artisan Ales.
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In the beginning, every single beer produced at Cellar West spent time maturing in oak casks. While we've grown to include fresh, stainless-aged Ales & Lagers in our portfolio, much of our beer craftsmanship still revolves around barrel aging. From wine barrel aged Farmhouse Ales to Bourbon barrel Stouts, we shine in this technique.
In 2020 we spun off a fun, imaginative side project called Make Believe Beer.
With a focus on more modern beer styles like hop-forward Hazy IPA's and naturally flavored Imperial Stouts, Make Believe is our playful sister brand, releasing a new beer every few months. Fun & imaginative is the name of the game.