For more than a year, due to COVID-19, Prospect’s Primitive Brewing closed their tasting room and barrel house.. In fact, co-owners Brandon and Lisa Boldt have joked that since putting out the welcome mat in April 2018, they’ve been closed more than they’ve been open.
That ended Saturday with a reopening and future preview timed to coincide with the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver. The special event at Primitive was part of a range of public craft beer tastings and industry gatherings throughout the region.
With their reopening, the brewery plans to do things a little differently. They’re bringing a more traditional Belgian Café experience right to Longmont, which means broadening their offerings beyond the spontaneous beer blends that they create and serve to their fans.
“While we’ve previously only offered our own Method Traditionnelle spontaneous beer onsite, we’ll serve Lambic and Gueuze. We’re also in the licensing process to be able to serve our other favorite fermentations that include minimal-intervention wines and ciders,” Co-owner Brandon Boldt said. “While our creative niche will continue to be extremely specified, we’re excited to offer guests a hand-selected wide array of offerings from foreign and domestic craft producers.”
Co-owner Lisa Boldt added that a lot of the changes were inspired by the couple’s travels. “It’s a logical extension of our brewing interests, and our guest cellar list will have a very strong emphasis on showcasing a full repertoire of Lambic brewers and blenders with multiple vintages. We’re aiming to have one of the most extensive, approachable Lambic cellars in the U.S.”
The soft opening was relaxed and comfortable with both owners present happy to greet guests and talk beer. “We’re so excited to have people back and to get to share beer with them,” Lisa Boldt said.
Brandon Boldt continued the thought, “this weekend’s been amazing. Slow and steady and dusting the cobwebs off. Getting to share the beer with other people, it’s a rejuvenating feeling when people are excited and appreciative of what you’re sharing.”Primitive Brewing hopes to open regularly in the first week of October. Specific days of the week and hours are yet to be determined but will be available on the brewery’s website at www. primitive.beer.