PRESS RELEASE: Factotum Brewhouse & The Monkey Barrel Collaborate on Monkey Bars, a Collaboration Beer to Benefit Chaffee Park
Factotum Brewhouse & The Monkey Barrel Collaborate on Monkey Bars, a Collaboration Beer to Benefit Chaffee Park
The two neighborhood businesses seek to raise money for playground improvements with the first in the “Sunnyside Series” of beers
DENVER, CO (April 23, 2017) – Factotum Brewhouse and The Monkey Barrel, two drinking establishments from Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood, are giving back to their community with Monkey Bars, a collaborative brew intended to help raise money for playground improvements at Chaffee Park, located at the center of the neighborhood and across the street from The Monkey Barrel. A portion of the profits of every Monkey Bars sold will be donated to the cause.
“There a lot of families in Sunnyside and, as father of four, I see the need to make the park more family-friendly by upgrading playground equipment,” says Jimmy Nigg, owner of The Monkey Barrel. “The Monkey Barrel is committed to giving back to the community and supporting our neighbors in Sunnyside through various fundraisers. We love hosting parties and having fun, so the opportunity to sell beer and raise money for Chaffee Park seemed like a great way to get the community involved all summer long.” Laura Bruns, co-owner at Factotum, says, “We are invested in our neighborhood and community and love being a part of North Denver. We’re excited to collaborate with fellow neighbor, The Monkey Barrel, on this project.” Nigg is currently in talks with Sunnyside United Neighbors, Inc. and Denver Parks & Recreation in regards to how the money raised by Monkey Bars can be used to the greatest effect.
Monkey Bars is a mostly traditional Hefeweizen brewed with German wheat and Pilsner malts. As a nod to The Monkey Barrel, it features an aroma reminiscent of banana. Breaking with traditional Hefeweizens, Monkey Bars uses Apollo hops from the United States which impart a pleasant, citrusy finish to the beer. Apollo hops were used as an ode to the Sunnyside neighborhood (Apollo being the Greek and Roman god of the sun). “This beer is debuting just in time for the heat of the summer,” says Chris Bruns, co-owner and brewer at Factotum. “On a sweltering day, your palate will love this beer and, knowing that some of the proceeds benefit a community project, your conscience will love it, too.”
This neighborhood improvement effort doesn’t necessarily end with playground upgrades; there’s potential for more Factotum/Monkey Barrel collaborations in the future. Indeed, Monkey Bars is intended to be the first in what the two businesses are calling the Sunnyside Series—a line of philanthropic beers brewed to benefit different neighborhood projects. “In the long term, I’d like to see a jogging trail going all the way around the park and to make the park more bike-friendly,” says Nigg. “There will be an ongoing discussion with my neighbors about needs for the park, so I welcome all ideas and opinions.” The names of each Sunnyside Series beer will change to reflect the cause for which it is raising money.
Monkey Bars can be found at both Factotum Brewhouse and The Monkey Barrel. It may also be found at other local establishments in the near future.
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About Factotum Brewhouse
Factotum Brewhouse is a sibling-owned brewery in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Denver. With its focus on guest brewers, Factotum is unlike any other brewery in America—the beers served in the taproom are recipes from the community. Brewers bring their ideas to Factotum, brew on premise with Factotum’s head brewer, and their own beer is served to the public on ever rotating taps. Brew a beer, drink a beer; at Factotum, the choice is yours.
About The Monkey Barrel
The Monkey Barrel was originally located at 1611 Platte Street in Denver. When it opened in 2013, it became a popular neighborhood tavern known for its incredible variety of Colorado craft beer, live music, and, of course, complimentary Mario Kart 64.
In 2015, The Monkey Barrel was forced out of its original building due to new development and found another location across from Chaffee Park that included a full kitchen but owner Jimmy Nigg had no intention of opening a restaurant. Instead, he contacted Tony Lonardo, lifelong friend and owner of Carbone’s, a family-owned deli famous for serving authentic Italian fare in the area since 1964. Lonardo was in retirement after closing Carbone’s original 38th Avenue location in 2012 but he fell in love with the The Monkey Barrel’s new site and moved Carbone’s into the kitchen space.
On September 8th, 2016, The Monkey Barrel and Carbone’s opened their doors on 4401 Tejon Street in a much anticipated relaunch of the two local concepts.