About Black Shirt Brewing Co

Black Shirt Brewing Co is a progressive, artisanal brewery located in the RiNo Art District in Denver, CO. The brewery was founded by brothers Chad and Branden Miller and Chad's wife Carissa. Our focus is on creating unique, assertive, vibrant, complex, and ultimately perfectly-balanced beer. We do everything by hand, in small batches. No gimmicks. No bull shit.

Genuine. Passionate. Soulful. Authentic. Beer.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sunday March 13th|Moving Day

Our house has been a catch-all for brewing equipment over the past few years. It started innocently enough, with a few corney kegs and a CO2 bottle. Then the Brew Magic showed up one snowy day, followed by some beautiful stainless fermenters. And then things just got weird! We acquired a 4bbl brewhouse from California but had no where to store it. So, the garage got filled to the gills and the boil kettle sat outside for many, many months. We had plans to move the equipment into our warehouse, but we needed to wait until our sublease was finished. Ah, March, finally. Three days after getting a warning from the City of Centennial to move the kettle or be fined, we rented a trailer, posted a facebook message asking for help, and got to moving.

Thankfully, we had several great friends show up to help us. They all discarded their beautiful Sunday to help friends in need, and their efforts will not be forgotten. After some delicious breakfast burritos and coffee, we loaded the boil kettle, mash tun, grist case, Brew Magic, 6 conical fermenters, bottle filler, mill, corney kegs, buckets, hoses, etc. into the trailer, the Chevy, the Dodge, the Ford, and our friend's Ranger and off we went. We made quite the caravan and people were breaking their necks wondering what the f*ck was all that stuff?!

After several hours of lifting, shuffling, rearranging, and a near-death walk-in cooler move, we finally cracked some beers, enjoyed the sun, and listened to some tunes. When it was suggested that we move the party to the roof, no one hesitated. I will say that this group of people sure as hell knows how to have a good time. A big thanks to everyone who helped us out! Your efforts were needed and we are so grateful to have you as friends!

Thursday, March 3, 2011


The latest book to really rock my world has been Yeast The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation. It was written by two very well-known and respected guys in the beer world -Chris White of White Labs and Jamil Zainasheff who is a badass homebrewer, author, and owner of soon-to-open Heretic Brewing Co. This book confirmed a lot of things we had suspected in our beer, as well as opened our eyes to some incredible techniques for making better beer. Implementations are being made, equipment being considered and ordered. In our quest to make the best beer imaginable, this book will prove to be a valuable tool. For all you homebrewers or professional brewers looking to take your beer to the next level, get it. Now.

A few of the latest tasty beverages to be consumed around Rancho Relaxo in the name of "research." There are so many incredible breweries around the state, the country, and the globe. We are proud to be a part of such a wonderfully skilled and diverse industry.