Boulder Social lights up brewery on former Ska Street Brewstillery site

Six months after Ska Street Brewstillery closed its doors in Boulder, a new brewery and restaurant is preparing to open its place. But not just any brewery.

Boulder Social comes from seasoned restaurateur and Colorado brewery pioneer Frank Day, who opened the legendary Walnut Brewery in Boulder in 1990 and Rock Bottom Brewing in Denver in 1991 before turning Rock Bottom into a national chain. Today, Day and his wife, Jenna, own Concept Restaurants, an umbrella company with nine restaurants in existence.

The menu at Boulder Social will focus on house-made beer and pizza, but like sister company Stout Street Social in Denver, it will also offer burgers, sandwiches, sushi and oysters, according to an announcement. It is expected to open in late July or early August.

Offered by Concept Restaurants

Like sister businesses Stout Street Social, Boulder Social will also offer oysters, sandwiches, and sushi.

Concept bought already existing brewing equipment from Ska Street Brewstillery, which opened in March 2020, just a day before pandemic restrictions forced bars and restaurants to close across the state. As a result of this poor timing, the brewery and distillery, which was owned by Durango’s Ska Brewing Company, was not able to get its feet off the ground.

But Concept has recruited the former president of Ska Damon Scott Street “brewstiller” to lead its brewery operations. Boulder Social, at 1600 38th Street, will launch with four beers — pilsner, amber ale, Indian pale ale, and a misty IPA — that may eventually be served at other Concept restaurants. The bar will serve guests beer, wine, frozen drinks, and handcrafted cocktails as well.

Before Ska Street, the space was used by Fate Brewing, which folded in 2019 after six years. But a Concept spokesperson says Days isn’t worried about that.

“The Days has had a successful restaurant, José Muldoons, in the same location for 20 years, so it’s a very familiar place to us and we’re excited to be back,” she said. Frank Day also founded the Old Chicago Pizza and Beer chain before selling it in 2010.

The site will feature two patios and is expected to host live music.

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