Westword 5/08/2017

Goed Zuur, a Sour-Only Beer Bar, Elevates Denver’s Beer-and-Food Game

The palette of Denver’s palate deepens and broadens today when Goed Zuur opens in Five Points, serving not just a vast spectrum of complex sour and wild ales, but a sophisticated range of small plates and unusual dishes.

Set inside a 120-year-old brick building with a carefully restored 1930s-era mural on the side, Goed Zuur, which means “good acid” in Dutch, boasts an interior look best described as Steampunk meets European chic. Long tables with elevated platforms for meat-and-cheese boards run along one side, while an artsy clock covers an entire wall on the other. In the middle is a copper-topped bar and custom draft tower made of industrial pipe, wood and lightbulbs.

Large windows will provide plenty of light.

But it’s the menu that is going to change the game in Denver. Not only will Goed Zuur serve only sour and wild ales — becoming what is probably the first such bar in the nation — but it will pair those often polarizing, often exquisite niche beers with a complementary menu of charcuterie, hand selected cheeses and housemade bread.

On the food side, co-owner and chef Anthony Lopiccolo will prepare dishes like duck cassoulet and tonno di maiale, which is made with pork leg rather than the traditional tuna, and preserved and served in a jar of olive oil. Curated, upscale pairing menus like this aren’t often found in Colorado beer bars.

Goed Zuur has a hand-picked array of charcuterie and cheeses.

There will also be a huge focus on the cheese, since “that is what pairs best with sours,” says co-owner John Fayman. “Then you need the meat side of it to counteract the acid in the beers with fatty food.”

While Goed Zuur would be perfectly at home in San Francisco, Portland or New York, co-owner John Fayman thinks it will find its best audience in Denver, where beer drinkers are educated and ready — ready to enjoy beers that are challenging and high-priced, often because they are rare and among the most difficult for brewers to make.

The draft tower features 26 handles.

“If you put our breweries here that make those beers – and the amount of knowledge that the people making them have – against any other market in the country, and maybe in the world, we would come out ahead,” says Fayman, who owns Backcountry Pizza and Taphouse in Boulder and Backcountry Pizza in Nederland.

As a result, Fayman will line up local stars like Crooked Stave, Casey Brewing & Blending, Avery Brewing, Trinity Brewing and Epic Brewing alongside national players like Russian River, Almanac Beer, Prairie Artisan Ales and Jester King, and international powerhouses like Tilquin, Cantillon and Brasserie Dieu du Ciel. There will always be 24 to 26 beers on tap, along with a large cellar of bottled beers that Fayman is still putting together.

Many beers will be served in decanters.

“The ratio of Colorado beers to everyone else will depend on what I have available. I always want to be pouring the best selection across the board that I can get, but I am certainly focusing on a lot of local stuff,” he says. “It’s rare to find a Colorado brewery today that isn’t doing some form of sour, kettle sour or mixed-fermentation beer. And everyone is doing a lot better job and producing more. We will probably be half local at all times.”

The beers will all be served in three stylish logo glasses specific to different kinds of beers: barrel-aged sours, for instance, will get large tulip glasses, while goses will be poured into taller, thinner vessels. All of the glasses are sixteen ounces, but the pours will be closer to ten so that people can enjoy the nose and aroma of each one. Most of the beers will also be available in 25-ounce decanters, which will be used for serving and pouring.

The Goed Zuur basement will house only the "coolest" beers.

The bottled beers and kegs will be stored in a large stone- and brick-lined 1,200-square-foot cellar that includes a modern lift to the main floor. The basement, which stays at a cool 49 degrees even on hot summer days, was a real selling point for Fayman, who is used to seeing his European counterparts storing beer that way.

The building, at 2801 Welton Street, had been home to a variety of bars, restaurants and markets over the decades since it was built sometime around 1895. Most recently, it housed BJ’s Port, which closed in 2007.

This old ghost sign from the 1930s was preserved on the side of the building.

While the building was being renovated in 2015, developer Star Mesa Properties discovered an old mural, or “ghost sign,” as they are called, underneath a beige stucco exterior. In accordance with a city rule for historic buildings, the sign, which advertises the Yuye Cafe and Coca-Cola, was preserved

Goed Zuur, with seating for eighty to one hundred people, opens at 3 p.m. today (May 8) and plans to feature a special beer tapping at 6 p.m. each night this week. Keep reading for more photos.

The pork leg in olive oil is one of the most unusual dishes.

The mussels are served in a cast-iron pot with housemade bread.

The menu will highlight meats and cheeses.

It's not every day you see multiple decanters in a dish rack.

Attention to detail at Goed Zuur includes tables with an elevated shelf for meat and cheese.

This art-clock feature is made from reclaimed wood.

By Jonathan Shikes

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Art Back into Architecture: SK2 and Construction Entertainment

One of Studio K2’s favorite pass times has been watching the construction of the building going in across the street. Having the perfect view for observing, learning, and of course critiquing from our new office windows, the office enjoys tracking the progress of our future neighbors at 1510 Market Street.

What used to be a vacant parking lot is now being transformed into a four story, steel façade architectural addition to the neighborhood. 1510 Market St, located on the corner of 15th and Market and directly across the street from our office, is to be an addition to the Rocky Mountain Seed Building housing a restaurant on the first floor, office space, and a roof top outdoor dining area. (Source.)

From traffic hold ups, steel installation, and our personal favorite, HVAC deliveries the excitement within the office grows with new developments in the progress of construction. These phases of activity at the job site, allow little moments during the day for the office to assess the work of others fostering our neighborhood, and for interesting side commentary of the construction observation to occur:

“From tiny beams to a mighty truss.” – Bruys

In our efforts to bring Art back into Architecture, the office used our daily inspiration of watching the progress of 1510 Market, and went next door to P.F. Changs (a restaurant we are all too familiar with) to sketch. This time everyone in our office got to participate in our skill development activity.

With all the construction happening near or at the corner of 15th and Market there was so much to reflect on in our drawings. The 1510 Market Site was the focus for some, who found the crane and other equipment on the site to be in the way of their artwork. The sketching activity brought questions about code and damages to the adjacent building to their mind as they looked more closely at the structure when drawing.


Additionally, the construction project just down the street was a focus for others since just days before a porta-potty from that job site was flying high above the cityscape. (See why we find the construction from our window so entertaining?)

Most were intrigued by the existing Rocky Mountain Seed building next to the construction site, focusing on the rustic front elevation. The historic building, which once sold seeds and other farming supplies during the time of mass farming in the area, was renovated into office space in 2014 (Source.)


Moreover the light restaurant activity of the late afternoon, as well as, the artistic elements of P.F.Changs’s façade was an inspiration to some office members’ sketches.

Last but not least, Bruys again somehow was able to attract the attention of fellow sketchers in which he was the motivation behind their oeuvre.

Studio K2 looks forward to seeing the final product of 1510 Market, but will sure be sad once the construction is complete since we will have to find something new to be entertained by during the day.

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Denverite 4/26/2017

Eight-Story Condo Project Rising in Denver’s West Colfax Neighborhood

The 56-unit, eight-story Julian Heights condo project recently got a green light from the city of Denver.

Julian Heights is slated to be built near Cheltenham Elementary School, northwest of the

Construction at 1515 Julian St. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

West Colfax Avenue and Julian Street intersection. The project is the latest planned for Denver’s changing West Colfax neighborhood.

Denver-based Aussie Developments LLC purchased the property in November 2015 for $2.2 million. Studio K2 Architecture is designing Julian Heights. The Denver architecture firm did not return multiple calls about the project.

Julian Heights will contain ground floor retail spaces and units ranging from 420-square-foot studios with mezzanines to 1,400-square-foot two-level condos, according to K2’s website.

Community leaders in West Colfax are encouraging revitalization of their neighborhood. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expected to open in the neighborhood in May and anchor the roughly 20-acre area between West Colfax and West 17th avenues being branded as Sloans. The development is less than a mile away from Julian Heights. The condos are replacing a vacant field where it appears a house once stood.

By Adrian D. Garcia

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Studio K2 Welcomes our Newest “Office Manager”

What do you call a dog who designs buildings?

A bark-itect!

Here at Studio K2 we believe that the best office managers are of the four-legged nature. The office has very specific responsibilities and op-paw-tunities that only a furry four-legged office manager can fullfill. To name a few:

  • Creating a paws-itive environment
  • Being the paw-dyguard from pet-tentially bad things
  • Doing various forms of paw-per work
  • Providing a dif-fur-ent perspective

As many of you may know we recently had to say goodbye to our long-time manager, Mason. Mason was a great member to the SK2 team, and was always so happy to come to work with Geneva.

Though Mason will always have an important role in our office and place in our hearts, the Studio K2 team is pleased to welcome our newest Office Manager, Rufus; who is ready to follow in Mason’s office paw prints. Rufus is a mix between a Collie and Great Pyrenees. With his one floppy ear Rufus loves to explore the office, exert short bursts of energy before getting all tuckered out, and sniff our trash cans.

Along with all the standard responsibilities of an office manager, Rufus’s specializes include:

  • Cheering other office members up on a ruff day (especially those feeling melon collie)
  • Client greeter
  • Fetching the Branch Manager

Welcome to the Studio K2 team Rufus!

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Art Back into Architecture: SK2 takes on Union Station

“Like20170303_153112 any form of art, architecture is a process of communication where the designer encodes the messages and the perceive decodes the same. The communication succeeds when intention match the experience. Every form of art has its own tools, media and palette. The tools of architecture are: the form and massing, light and shadow, texture and colour. Its medium is the space and the palette is elements of space making such as columns, walls, floor, roof, fenestrations.”

All Architecture has Art in it. – Yatin Pandya

20170303_160449Going through the day to day activities of running a business, meeting clients’ needs, and adhering to building codes the architect’s “encoded message” is often put on the back burner of their designs. One of Studio K2’s goals for 2017 was to bring the art back into architecture, and bring the artistic message back to the forefront of our minds as we satisfy the needs of the business, clients, and building authorities for each of our projects.

One way in which the office plans to get back in touch with our artistic side is by getting back to our roots, go out into the neighborhood and spend some time sketching. Studio K2’s first stop was Union Station, where we took the afternoon, hung out and sketched whatever inspired us.

Union Station was first fabricated in 1868 to connect Denver to the main rail line in Cheyenne, Wyoming. To support the growth and increase in railroads at the time, the station was built at 17th and Wynkoop by architect A. Taylor in May of 1881. Since then the station has gone through a series of renovations and reconstructions with the20170303_160444 help of various architects and styles. (Source.)

In 2001, plans to redevelop Union Station and the surrounding neighborhood began with the goal of creating a “multi-modal transportation network with transit-oriented private development.” Today, Union Station is the catalyst to the local light rail, while the building itself is home to the Crawford Hotel, a Great Hall acting as “Denver’s Living Room,” and other public and transit facilities. (Source.)

Studio K2 has its own personal history with the grand structure. From 2009 to 2010, SK2’s office was located in Union Station. As Kevin explains, “It was the best Class C – office space in Denver. I miss my 18 foot windows next to my desk.” The studio was asked to leave when the building was to be converted into the hotel. After which, the office was moved to the Garden Level (basement) of 1408 Wazee – “until we saw the light on April 1st (No Foolin’) of 2016 in our current location.” (-K2)


Union Station was a great place to jump back into sketching and drawing as there were so many things to be inspired by. Some were interested in the people and the constant coming and going of traffic, making you think back to before all the development when there was not a lot around. Likewise, some studio members and Kermit the Frog became the muse to other’s drawings. While, others were intrigued by the little elements and details that decorate the historic building greeting people to Downtown G-1Denver. “I practice how I see the world through my hand.” (-K2)

Overall, the artistic afternoon was a great way for the office to rediscover our artistic message and brush some of the rust off our hand drawing skills. We hope that as we do more sketching, the office overall will improve our sketching skills and inspire others in the profession to work to bring art back into architecture.

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“Thus in essence art and architecture are inseparable. Art finds its place in architecture through structure, spaces or surfaces and inspires from nature, materials engineering or even the philosophy.”

All Architecture has Art in it. – Yatin Pandya

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An Afternoon of Decision Making

Wlooking up tophat is not often discussed in 20170119_150404architecture is how many hours are spent at your desk sitting behind a computer. But every so often, the office gets a little treat when samples are delivered. On this particular occasion, the office got to partake in choosing a tin ceiling pattern for the second floor of our award winning 2801 Welton project.

Studio K2 and Star Mesa Development have been in the works20170119_150414 of renovating and restoring this 120 plus year old two story building. The first floor of this historic building will accommodate a restaurant featuring a steampunk interior design. With construction underway for the restaurant, the second floor is to become home to a real estate office. The goal for the second-floor office space was to faintly mimic the first-floor ambience while keeping with the historic characteristics naturally provided by the structure. Thus, the rustic, and simultaneous industrial, aesthetics of a tin ceiling became a clear fit. This just left the question of what type of pattern best represents the concept?

After looking through a handful of samples, the choices were narrowed down to four patterns. With our excitement growing from the chance to stretch our design opinions (and our legs), the decision was made to install the four remaining samples temporarily into the studio’s ceiling grid (you know to get the complete look and feel of the tin ceiling).


The office was split in which wlooking up bottomas the overall favorite. Some liked the look of simplicity, some were attracted to the strong organic configuration catching their eye, while others liked the secondary tessellation formed when the same panels are aligned. The one thing everyone could agree on was the type of finish to be applied to the tin ceiling.

What we had learned from this afternoon of decision making was that Studio K2 is made up of designers with different aesthetic palates and when our ideas collaborate something creative is likely to develop. Now, back at our desks behind our computers we can bring the results of these imaginative, collaborative, and fun decision making breaks to life.

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Denverite 2/27/2017

Goed Zuur beer bar sets opening date in Denver’s Five Points

Goed Zuur expects to begin pouring life back into a more than 120-year-old spot in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood starting this spring.

The pub focused solely on sour and wild beers is tentatively set to open April 7. Goed Zuur would be the latest draw along the historic, reinvigorated Welton Street Corridor and occupy a building that’s sat dormant since 2011.

“What I’m hoping is us coming into the neighborhood, along with Spangalang and Rosenberg’s, helps bring businesses and jobs back to the area and makes the area more like RiNo where there are so many places to go,” said Cody Boll, future general manager at Goed Zurr.

Boll is currently the GM at Backcountry Pizza & Tap House in Boulder. The owner of the pizzeria, John Fayman, announced last year he was opening Goed Zurr — “good acid” in Dutch — in the building at the north corner of 28th and Welton streets.

After being built in 1895, the building at 2801 Welton St. served as a tavern, hotel and apartments. The property was once home to Rice’s Tap House, a notable establishment active in the Five Points’ jazz scene, according to the Denver Urban Renewal Authority.

In 2015, DURA agreed to put $350,000 in taxpayer dollars toward the $1.5 million needed to redevelop the two-story, 5,000-square-foot building. Goed Zurr is expected to occupy an 80-seat pub on the first floor. The second floor provides office space for lease.

During the renovation, an old 1940s era mural for Yuye Café and Coca-Cola was discovered on the exterior of the building and restored.

Boll is hoping there are enough beer lovers and nerds in Denver to support a pub dedicated exclusively to sour and wild beers. Wild beers are typically made using a certain kind of yeast (brettanomyces) that’s found in lambic and gueuze Belgian beers.

“The beer community is not as diverse in Boulder as it is in Denver,” Boll said. “There are so many restaurants and foodies in Denver, there’s a just bigger population for us to take a hold of.”

Goed Zurr plans to launch with about 70 beers on its bottle list, 24 to 26 taps and a few food options to pair them with like fine cheese, charcuterie and fresh breads.

By Adrian Garcia

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Box Decorating for Warm-A-Heart

Hosted by OfficeScapes, Studio K2 participated in the warma heartWarm-A-Heart Charity for Newborns in Need back in October of 2016. The goal was to decorate a 12 inch by 12 inch by 12 inch box, which would be filled with essential baby items to give to families with newborns.

Inspired by paper dolls and doll houses, Studio K2 reused fabric and paint chips to create different backdrops for the child’s play as he or she grew. Continuing with the idea of reuse, the “decoration” of the box was focused toward creating something that benefited the family or child instead of just a vehicle for delivering the gifts inside. The thought for creating different landscapes on the sides of the box was developed by the idea of turning the box into a “dollhouse,” in which the child could use with its toys when it got older.


The scenes were created by layering cut outs of fabric and paint chip samples. One side of the box displays a forest filled with tall lush trees, complete with a fox hiding in the long grass and a mouse(?) swinging from the trees. Another side shows a busy city full of colorful buildings, commotions of cars and buses going by, and a man in a hot air balloon flying over. Next door dives under the sea, entering the home of a purple octopus and his fishy friends. On the last side is a snow top mountain featuring a Billy goat watching skiers race home to their warm log cabin. Each four landscapes are joined together by the lid of the box, which is the shared sky with white fluffy clouds and an airplane jetting by.


Studio K2 would like to thank OfficeScapes and Warm-A-Heart for organizing and allowing us to participate in this creative and fun donation. Our hearts go out to the families who receive these boxes and hope that each one brings them comfort and hope.



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2801 Welton Wins Community Preservation Award

At Historic Denver’s 46th Annual Awards Dinner, 2801 Welton received a Community Preservation Award.

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Bob Cardwell, the Owner of Star Mesa Properties was featured and accepted the award on November 6th, 2016.

2801 Welton is the first project featured in The Awards Night Video Presentation below:

Historic Denver: Community Preservation Awards 2016 from HaveyPro Cinema on Vimeo.
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Westword 2016.02.12

John Fayman Will Open Goed Zuur in Five Points, Serving Wild and Sour Beers

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A ghost sign is being restored on the building that will house Goed Zuur.

With more than 300 breweries making some of the most well-regarded, well-known beers in the United States, Colorado is frequently referred to as the Napa Valley of Craft Beer. But Colorado is home to some of the country’s best sour and wild beer brewers as well. So, are we also the Belgium of the New World?


John Fayman thinks so. “It is what we do best in Colorado. If you put our breweries here that make those beers – and the amount of knowledge that the people making them have – against any other market in the country, and maybe in the world, we would come out ahead,” says Fayman, who owns Backcountry Pizza and Taphouse in Boulder and Backcountry Pizza in Nederland. “People realize it to a certain degree, but in the next ten years, they will really understand it. And I just want to showcase that.”

That’s why Fayman plans to open Goed Zuur, an eatery and taproom pouring only wild and sour beers from Colorado, the United States and around the world, paired with small plates, charcuterie and cheeses.

Five years ago, a taproom serving only sour and wild beers probably wouldn’t have worked, both because this style of beer – and its higher price point – might have turned people off. “But beer education has come a long way on the Front Range,” Fayman says.

Located at 2801 Welton Street in Five Points, Goed Zuur, which means “good acid” or “good sour” in Dutch, will have twenty taps at all times. But the real gem will be the dirt-floored bottle cellar, which will begin with 150 different bottles and could eventually reach 500. “Some of these are made is such small amounts that it is easier to get them in bottles than draft,” Fayman explains.

The 1,200-square-foot basement cellar stays at a cool 49 degrees even on the hottest days in Denver, he adds, and that feature was a big part of why he chose to lease the space.

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Goed Zuur could open at 2801 Welton Street in time for the Great American Beer Festival.

“All of my friends’ spots in Belgium – cellaring lambic and gueuze is a big part of what they do. So we built this with that in mind,” Fayman says. The building had been home to a variety of bars, restaurants and markets over the decades, most recently BJ’s Port, which closed in 2007. But the basement hadn’t been used in a long time; Fayman says there was still a wooden cooler down there and beer kegs dating back to the 1940s or ’50s.

The lambic and gueuze styles are both examples of sour beers, which are made using a variety of bacterias and wild yeast strains. Wild beers are made with Brettanomyces yeast that lends them numerous funky flavors. These beers are typically associated with Belgian breweries, but are also made in other European counties, and in the U.S.

In Colorado, New Belgium, Odell, Avery, Crooked Stave and Trinity Brewing are all known for their well-regarded sour and wild ales, but other small and medium-sized breweries in Colorado have also developed strong sour and wild programs, including TRVE Brewing, Casey Brewing and Blending, Epic Brewing, Former Future’s Black Project and Dry Dock. Even the tiny Our Mutual Friend got on the map last fall when it won a silver medal for a sour beer at the Great American Beer Festival.

“Everyone is jumping on this, and it is all good. We have so much of it around here,” Fayman says. “So I really think that having a place for people to drink only sour beer in a high-end environment is important to the scene here. As the brewery scene progresses, it needs to get more specialties. I think there should be IPA bars or barrel-aged bars, too.”

Fayman came to Colorado from Kansas and bought Backcountry Pizza in Nederland in 2006, immediately changing over many of the handles to craft beer. After noticing how few bars in Boulder focused on craft beer, he opened Backcountry Pizza & Taphouse in that town in 2011. The spot now boasts 68 taps full of craft specialties and is often one of the first or only bars to land very rare and sought-after kegs.

The building in Five Points, which was built around 1895, is being completely renovated and restored by its new owner, Star Mesa Properties. The company, which will put offices upstairs, is also restoring two old murals – known as ghost signs – that were discovered on the side of the building’s brick after a stucco coating was removed.

Star Mesa principal Bob Cardwell says the Welton Street corridor, which is developing quickly, has “a fabulous future” and that Goed Zuur will attract people not just from the surrounding area but from all over Denver and elsewhere, because of the ever-increasing popularity of sour beers. “This is the kind of thing we were looking for,” he adds.

Fayman will take possession of his space in April and hopes to be open in time for the Great American Beer Fest in October.

By Jonathan Shikes

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