Tivoli Brewery Company (building)

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Tivoli Brewery Company
Beautiful Denver evening at the iconic Tivoli
Tivoli Brewery Company building on the Auraria Campus
Tivoli Brewery Company (building) is located in Colorado
Tivoli Brewery Company (building)
Location 1320--1348 10th St., Denver, Colorado
Coordinates 39°44′43″N 105°0′17″W / 39.74528°N 105.00472°W / 39.74528; -105.00472Coordinates: 39°44′43″N 105°0′17″W / 39.74528°N 105.00472°W / 39.74528; -105.00472
Area 0.7 acres (0.28 ha)
Built 1882
Architectural style Italianate
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #

73000469

[1]
CSRHP # 5DV.119
Added to NRHP April 11, 1973

The Tivoli Brewery is a historic building originally home to the Tivoli Brewing Company.[2] It was designed by prominent Denver architect Frederick C. Eberley. The building is located in the Auraria Neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. Today the building is home to the Tivoli Student Union of the Auraria Campus, serving as a student center for the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Community College of Denver, and the University of Colorado Denver.

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The Tivoli Brewery building, located in the Auraria Neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, is considered a historic landmark.[2] The building is the former home of the Tivoli Brewing Company, which was named after the Tivoli Gardens located in Copenhagen Denmark by past owner John Good. The Tivoli Brewery building was built in 1864 by German immigrant Moritz Sigi along with the Colorado territory's first artesian well. A well known local character and Denver councilman Sigi brewed the best "Buck Beer", a hybrid lager/ale similar to a Bock. Mr. Sigi had a sudden and tragic horse carriage accident that led to his death in 1874. The brewery was then sold to John Good.

At the time, the Tivoli Brewery and Zang's Brewery were the biggest breweries before prohibition. Zang's never recovered from the prohibition leaving Tivoli to become the iconic Denver Beer for the Western Aristocrat and eventually a dominant brewery in the west. Tivoli continued to grow and the public continued to embrace Tivoli beer. After Good died in 1918, the brewery stayed in the hands of Good’s descendants and his long-time business partner, William Burghardt. By the 1950s, the brewery became one of the largest breweries in the country, producing up to 150,000 barrels a year which were sold everywhere west of the Mississippi. In the early 1960s Tivoli continued to grow with the Hi-En-Brau brand.

When Loraine Good, the final Good descendant, passed away in 1965, Carl and Joseph Occhiatio purchased the Tivoli-Union Brewery from the estate. The brothers immediately faced hardship when the Platte River flooded in 1965, damaging the brewery. One year later, a labor strike set the business back exponentially. Sadly, in April of 1969, the Tivoli Brewery closed for business. Until Tivoli closed, it was the second oldest continuously operating brewery in the country with Pennsylvania’s Yuengling brewery being the only brewery with an existence surpassing that of Tivoli. After years of abandonment it was converted into a shopping center in the mid 1980s by architectural firm HOK.

A crisp refreshing German Helles Lager with a bold Bavarian flavor since 1864. Denver Colorado. Tivoli Beer

Today, the building is home to the Tivoli Student Union of the Auraria Campus, serving as a student center for the Metropolitan State College of Denver, the University of Colorado Denver, and the Community College of Denver. While it is now used as meeting rooms and student group offices, many of the historic features still remain, including the copper brewing kettles and a barrel lift that is visible from two levels.

Tivoli Student Union entrance

Tivoli Brewing Co. has since been revived in 2012 by bringing back to life historic Colorado beers. Today the original Tivoli Beer, a German Helles Lager and Sigi's Wildhorse Buck Beer are back in the marketplace for everyone in the Denver and Colorado area to enjoy.

Although maintaining a TTB number, Tivoli Brewing Co. does not have a brewing facility. As of 2014, their beers are brewed under contract at Prost Brewing Co. in Denver, CO.[3]

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