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, February 15, 2012

The Latest Tasting Room Addition...

For some time now, we have been searching for barn wood for the tasting room. Old, authentic, rustic barn wood to create a warm, inviting space with some modern/industrial accents. We looked at craigslist, we scoured RiNo, and pursued several other leads that didn't pan out. We knew that Lynn and Vicky Holstad (Carissa's wonderful parents) had quite a bit of barn wood that they had been saving for a project at their home in Westcliffe. This wood had been salvaged from several sites around the valley and held pretty significant sentimental value to Vicky and Lynn. Recently, we heard that the project may not happen and that this pile of barn wood may be available to us. Aaron had been pushing Lynn to allow us to use the wood at BSB, and recently Lynn finally said ok. 

Wasting no time, Aaron lined up a trailer from his friend Dave Duffy and he and Chad made the journey to Westcliffe to pick it all up. They left at 5:00 am and drove straight into a snow and rain storm. Because of the bitter cold, the windshield was icing up and neither of them could see the road very well. Chad was bent forward driving 70 miles an hour, hauling ass to make the round trip in a day, seeing the lines in the road through a 2 inch square that hadn't frozen. When they hit Hard Scrabble, the storm lifted and the sky cleared, revealing a beautiful blue sky and snow-frosted pine trees. They made it safely to Westcliffe and in a matter of hours, grabbed every single piece of barn wood that Lynn and Vicky would let them take. They loaded the trailer, strapped it down, and hauled ass back to Denver to get the wood inside the brewery. We can't thank Lynn and Vicky Holstad enough for the beautiful wood and we look so forward to seeing the space come together as we have envisioned in our heads. It's gonna be an incredible space to drink Red Ale, listen to great music, and enjoy the company of great friends. Thank you so much guys! We love you!


  1. Can't wait to see the space when it's done!

  2. I have a barn woody(chip). I have so much spare old wood in my backyard it's laughable. Way to upcycle BSB! You're making it happen and that's kick ASS.

    1. Hey Meghan - whatcha gonna do with it all? You have any metal scraps back there too? Anything you are looking to donate to a good cause?

  3. We look forward to it. Now git R done!!