Tivoli Brewing Company
With an Old World spirit and a brewing history dating back more than 160 years, Colorado’s Tivoli Brewing Company blends traditional German brewing with modern techniques.
Located in the Auraria neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, Tivoli Brewing Company is Colorado’s oldest brewery, dating back more than 160 years. The brewery has changed hands multiple times over the course of its complex history, but it remains dedicated to continuing the brewing tradition of its German forefathers. Today, it remains Tivoli’s goal to blend traditional techniques with 21st century ideas, offering a quality lineup of craft beers that find the right combination between the old and new.
Although the Tivoli Brewery building was constructed in 1864, the brewery’s roots actually go back further, to the arrival of John Good, a German immigrant who came to Denver, Colorado in 1859. John Good was a major contributor to the foundation of Denver and was an early partner with Rocky Mountain Brewery where he brewed the first batch of Helles Lager. He went on to form the Tivoli Brewery, named after the famous Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, and later partnered with Union Brewery to form the Tivoli- Union Brewing Company.
After John Good died in 1918, the brewery passed to his children and it remained in the Good family until 1965. The Tivoli-Union Brewing Company was one of the few Colorado breweries to survive Prohibition, and did so by brewing legal, low-alcohol cereal beers. Although the brewery saw great success and high demand following the repeal of Prohibition, it ultimately closed its doors in 1969 following some legal turmoil and financial problems.
It wasn’t until 2012 that Corey Marshall (a former Coors executive) acquired the Tivoli beer brand and decided to revive the legendary Tivoli Brewing Company. In 2015, the state-of-the-art craft brewery reopened its doors in the same historic building that is now located in the heart of the Auraria college campus. The brewery is an independent business, but its partnership with Metropolitan State University’s brewing program allows it to act as a teaching facility to help spark the next generation of brewmasters.
Today, Tivoli Brewing Company is overseen by CEO Ari Opsahl, the former Anheuser-Bush InBev’s Vice President of Western U.S. Wholesale Operations, who plans to grow Tivoli into a nationally recognized brand.
We are excited to share two phenomenal beers from this historic brewing company with our Craft Beer Club this month!