To compare where we are at in the process of opening Wild Woods to that of climbing Long’s Peak, we are on the Homestretch!
Those of you who live in Colorado may know that Long’s Peak is the only 14,000+ foot mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park, and is known for it’s arduous hike to the top. To hike this one requires a pre-dawn departure, a gain of over 5,000 vertical feet, and a total of near 15 miles. The final 1.5 miles includes named, memorable sections that test your strength and endurance. First is the “trough”-a steep/loose gully that is physically draining. Then comes the “narrows”-a section of exposed ledge that requires mind over matter. Lastly, the “homestretch”-a 300 foot steep pitch to the summit.
Jake and I did this hike our first summer here. Back then, I had no idea we would climb as many mountains as we have today (46!). We also had no idea we would have the courage to follow our dreams of opening a brewery back then. The process has definitely been a journey comparable to climbing any mountain, despite our nano size. With the end reward of sharing our handcrafted beers always in mind, it takes extreme physical and emotional energy to get there, years of planning and brewing, and a few unforseen challenges along the way. Our passion for craft beer has driven us to make our dreams a reality, along with a lot of support from family and friends.
Currently all 6 of our flagship beers have been brewed and are in various fermenting and conditioning states! By the time we open there will be a few small batches of unique beers ready as well. We are very close, tentatively the 3rd week of September. The trough and narrows are behind us, we just have to get up the remainder of this steep homestrech so we can enjoy the summit and share Wild Woods beers with you all!