“Our mission is to share with the world our passion for craft beer, love of innovative crave-able food and devotion to service and community.”
We believe in FATE. We think in the right circumstance, anything is possible. We understand the value of a good meal and a connection with one another. We see craft beer as the perfect accompaniment to life’s adventures. It’s something that brings together people from all walks of life. A meeting or a celebration over a beer often leads to great ideas—ideas that some may call “fate.”
FATE Brewing Company is the brainchild of Owner and Founder, Mike Lawinski. He spent the last 10 years working for the Big Red F Restaurant Group, as the operations manager for both Centro Latin Kitchen and the West End Tavern. It was in this role that he discovered his dream and eventually what would become his FATE…to start his own restaurant and brewery that will provide crave-able innovative comfort food, expertly paired with craft beer and served by a passionate staff.
Our Brewery, Brewers and Brewing Philosphy
A warm hello from our brewery team.
Here’s what others are saying…
- 10 New U.S. Breweries to Watch from D.C. to California – Bon Appétit
- Best New Colorado Brewery – RateBeer.com
- Gold 2014 Great American Beer Festival German Style Kölsch Category for our Laimas Kölsch Style Ale
We aim to produce beer people like to drink. Beer people seek. Beer that is unexpected. The craft brewing industry is going places and we are proud to be a part of it. We see creativity and product innovation as an imperative to running a successful brewery. We find inspiration for new recipes all around us, from unique ingredients to community members to our scratch kitchen.
We are proud to say it. Jeff’s makes great beer. He brews totally drinkable, delicious beer in a wide array of styles. His brew style itself as eclectic and innovative as the brews he creates. Many of his recipes take traditional brew styles and give them an unexpected twist. His ability to create big badass whiskey barrel aged barleywines all the way to a puckering salty tequila barrel aged gose to our warm weather favorite Watermelon Kölsch is what gives our brewery its expansive portfolio. We are so proud of the reception of Jeff’s brews at the Great American Beer Festival this year. FATE Brewing Company Laimas Kölsch Style Ale took Gold in the German Style Kölsch category beating out 83 other ales for the win. His ales display character true to style with added dimensionality and flavors from unexpected sources. He is responsible for recipes ranging from Coffee IPA to Mosaic S.M.a.S.H. to Vinum, a fermented wort/grape must mixture.
Professional brewing for 10 years now Jeff started brewing commercially as Head Brewer at Golden City. His love for the craft began as a hobbiest brewer while working as an engineer. Jeff sees his most important training as time on the job and enjoys exercising this creativity trying obscure techniques and experimenting with unique ingredients.
Alongside Jeff, the FATE Brewing Company brew team consists of Josh Nard, Assistant Brewer, and Jesse Schemmerling, Cellerman/Distribution.
Our Food Philosophy
Here’s what others are saying…
- Boulder’s Best New Restaurant – Daily Camera’s Boulder County Gold, 2013
- Best Overall BBQ – Lafayette Annual Craft Brew and BBQ Festival, 2013
- Best Ribs – Lafayette Annual Craft Brew and BBQ Festival, 2013
- Best Salsa – 12th Annual Southwest Arbor Festival, 2013
“Although FATE is foremost a brewery, it boasts a full kitchen with a massive menu and quality ingredients.” – 5280 Magazine Behind the Brew: FATE Brewing Company
“The culinary team at FATE has done a fantastic job translating the flavors and philosophy of the brews to the food.” – Westword, Happy Hour at FATE Brewing: A FATEful Encounter
We believe in craft. We combine simple ingredients, traditional recipes and ideas in unique ways and pair them with friends to create a memorable experience. We encourage guests to ask questions, try new things and allow our staff to help guide them through their experience. Our menu is made from scratch and cooked to order. You will not find a microwave in-house. The ingredients we use are carefully selected and we do our absolute best to use local, organic, sustainable and seasonable products whenever possible.
With this dedication to craft we take pride in our partners, vendors and the Front Range community. We are serious about the quality of meats that we offer. Our beef is family ranched from Aspen Ridge, located in Greeley, Colorado. This Colorado Aged Choice Angus is never introduced to antibiotics, growth hormones or beta agonists.
Our favorite toy lives out back, our Yoder Smoker. We fresh smoke our BBQ every single day. In fact the smoked meats you enjoy throughout the day at FATE Brewing Company were smoked that morning. Freshness is key. Enjoy our ham, brisket, pastrami, hot wings, chicken, pulled pork, sausage and ribs all off of our real wood fired smoker.
Our team’s knack for smoked meats allows us to feature predominantly dry rub style BBQ. Our wings, ribs and brisket are all served sauce on the side and we think they are so good on their own that they don’t need sauce. Don’t get us wrong. We love sauces, especially hand-crafted, scratch-made sauces. There’s plenty of those to go around but we suggest our guests try at least one bite sans sauce.
The greens we use in many of our salads are known as “Power Greens.” They are a delightful mixture of baby chard, spinach, red vein spinach and tat-soi (a mustard green variety). We use this particular assortment of greens because we value a high quality salad packed with sustenance and whole ingredients.
Our kitchen team is led by New York trained Chef Arik Markus. His 23 years of experience began with an internship that turned into a long tenure at Restaurant Daniel alongside Chef Daniel Boulud. From there he continued to refine his classic French technique under Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin. Spending time in the food meccas throughout the US, including San Francisco, Markus honed his chef-style with a focus on fresh, hyper-seasonal, sustainably sourced ingredients. As an active member of Chefs Collaborative, a national non-profit network of chefs dedicated to improving the food system, Arik is positioned at the intersection of culinary innovation, nutrition, sustainability and supply chain management helping people become more aware of where their food comes from. His passion for developing young chefs, building consistency though systems and growing restaurants thoughtfully gives our brand the foundation to take the next steps from one kitchen to many over the next few years.
History of Our Building
From 1984-2004 our location was the home of Jose Muldoon’s, an authentic Mexican restaurant. Frank Day, the owner, also operated a Colorado Springs location making the Boulder branch the second restaurant under this name. The large space, south facing patio and margaritas made Jose Muldoon’s a hotspot in the community and a special favorite amongst the college crowd. In 2004, the concept was changed from Jose Muldoon’s to Table Mountain Grill. In 2005, another Mexican restaurant, Playa Azul took over the lease, they shut doors to the public in 2011. The building was vacant for another year until, as fate would have it, we came along. FATE Brewing Company was incorporated in January 2012 and building renovations began July 2012.