Brewpub installs silo, nears opening

       The new Colorado Mountain Brewery at the north end of the historic Roundhouse building is nearing completion, with its doors opening in either late July or early August.
       “We're pushing for the 30th,” said co-owner Scott Koons in an interview this week. “That's the goal.”

A metal silo, meant to symbolize the Colorado Mountain Brewery being a brewpub, was installed this week outside the soon-to-open restaurant in the historic Roundhouse building. At right side is the patio area, partially enclosed with a wall and a large fireplace, which a construction crew built earlier.
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       Work has been occurring inside as well as out. Inside, crews have been preparing the cooking and dining areas, as well as the system that will allow CMB to brew its own beers.
       Outside, a shiny, roughly 15-foot-tall metal silo was installed this week near the corner of 21st Street and Highway 24. In recent weeks, construction crews have built a patio and large gas fireplace outside the north door.
       The interior, which includes the main floor and a mezzanine, could seat up to 350 people, while the patio could handle up to 60, Koons estimated. The construction intentionally left exposed original beams from the Roundhouse's 1887 construction, “to play off the history,” he said.
       While renovating the 8,500-square-foot space, he added, crews found old railroad spikes and wrenches. “It's just an amazing building,” he said.
       According to Koons, the silo is a “symbol of a brewpub.” A similar unit stands outside the original CMB in northern Colorado Springs. That one is actually used to store grain for the brewery. But because the brewing volume will be less at at the Roundhouse site, its silo will only be for looks, with the grain carried inside in bags, Koons said.
       CMB's application to add the deck/fireplace and silo was reviewed and approved by City Land Use Review, after considering these in light of the building's early days as a repair facility for the Midland railroad's train engines.
       “The Roundhouse is on the National Register but does not have the local historic overlay designated on the property, so the application did not require any review by the Historic Board,” explained Mike Schultz , a city planner. “As long as the 'non-permanent' additions, such as the silo, do not threaten the historic integrity of the building, the designation should be fine.”

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