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WestFax Brewing Company celebrated its three-year anniversary with a two-day brewery party that included seven beer releases, ax throwing, anniversary glassware, and a free concert inside the 6733 W. Colfax Ave. brew house, March 8 and 9. The staff did 1,800 pours for about 700 patrons – the biggest weekend of the year for the establishment.

“It’s an opportunity to showcase your brewery,” said Brian Haitz, the brewery’s Marketing and Operations Manager. “It’s almost your own little brew festival … it’s definitely the biggest event of the year that we host.”

Haitz said the brewery has staged an anniversary party each year since opening, and plans to continue.

Of the barrel-aged beverages brewed up for the event, there were no survivors.

“The small batch (draft) beers are gone, but we still have some four packs and bombers,” said Haitz. The Raspberry Berliner and Irish Thin Mint Nitro Pastry Stout sold out in an hour and a half.

Pastry Stout?

“That is a newer style,” Haitz explained. “Jagged Mountain did one with powdered donuts…”

WestFax collaborated with Westbound & Down and Woods Boss Brewing to create a Brut IPA for the event.

New to this year’s celebration was the “Concert in the Kettles,” featuring local bands The Kinky Fingers and Larry Nix playing live music inside the brewery’s production area – another first for the brewery.

“We opened up the back, roped off area – full of barrels, kettles, a ton of big shiny equipment – and built stage out of pallets,” said Haitz. “It was really well received, and the sound, surprisingly, was really good.”

The brewery would like to continue doing the concerts, but he said they don’t know if they will be quarterly, or two or three times a year.

The party also featured food trucks, axe-throwing and free beard and hair trim by Crisp Barber Shop.

For more information, call 303-233-3742 or visit westfaxbrewingcompany.com.