From the Farmland to the Foothills
Cellar West founder, owner, & brewer Zach Nichols began his journey in beer in 2009 while working at a small bottle shop in his native Madison, Wisconsin. Shortly thereafter he spent time as an assistant, and later lead brewer, at a small brewpub in the midwest countryside, crafting traditional lager and occasionally experimenting with eccentric Belgian farmhouse ales. In 2012 his now wife, Rachael, lead Zach 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 January 2017, after years of brewing observation and application, Zach's longstanding dream of a small, artisanal beer company was brought to life in a small garage space in North Boulder. There, nestled at the base of the foothills beside autobody shops, a homeless shelter, and strip club, Rachael and Zach founded Cellar West Artisan Ales.
After two years in North Boulder, including many glasses of beer and lively evenings, it was time to add more space for additional barrels, a 7bbl brewhouse, and spacious tasting room. In late 2018, A move 11 miles west would land Cellar West in an expanded space in quaint Lafayette, where Zach and Rachael had been living. After much planning & work, our Lafayette brewery, barrel cellar, and Bier Pub is the current home of Cellar West Artisan Ales.
We strive to create expressive, inspiring ales and lager for those that seek tasteful & refined beer. At Cellar West, our great team serves the community and our customers with respect and dedication to the craft, and we hope you'll join us in our journey.
The bird depicted in our logo is the Common Loon. A rare and unique diving bird, the loon is mostly found in the Northwoods of the midwest, and is a nod to our Wisconsin roots. Our loon is grasping a bushel of hops, a tip of the cap to our favorite flowers.