The space that formerly held the Brew on Broadway at 3445 S. Broadway in Englewood is on track to become Brewability, a brewery that will offer a variety of beers and has plans to employ workers with …
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The space that formerly held the Brew on Broadway at 3445 S. Broadway in Englewood is on track to become Brewability, a brewery that will offer a variety of beers and has plans to employ workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Tiffany Fixter is moving Brewability from a light industrial area in northeast Denver — where the business lost its lease and closed in mid-June — to Englewood. She hopes to open in the Englewood location by early September.
Fixter also owns Pizzability, a pizza restaurant in Cherry Creek North that employs people with disabilities, and she stays busy running that operation.
Fixter has a background as a special education teacher for over five years and ran a day program for one year before opening Brewability in 2016.
The brewery that is relocating to Englewood has followed a similar business model as Pizzability in employing adults with disabilities. Patrons of the Englewood establishment will have a choice of ordering beers when visiting the brewery and possibly food.
“My goal for downtown Englewood is to make it the most accessible two to three blocks in the state,” said Fixter, whose father is a graduate of Englewood High School. She says she has talked to nearby eateries such as Whiskey Biscuit, One Barrel and Chop Shop about offering Braille menus to those with vision-related disabilities.
Tanner Schneller, Brewability's brewer, said the brewery isn't sure of how many people it will employ. He hopes to have at least 10 beers on tap and obtain a brewpub license — additional licensing is required before opening at its new location. Schneller envisions Brewability customers having the option of ordering wine or cider at the brewery.
“It's important to incorporate something that everybody enjoys via pizza or beer and provide an opportunity for adults who otherwise wouldn't have an opportunity to work. The whole goal of our business is to employ as many people as we can or that we can afford,” said Schneller. “That's the point of what we're doing.”
The Brew on Broadway, which opened in 2013 and helped set the stage for the up-and-coming 3400 block of South Broadway, closed July 31.
“As (Brew on Broadway) was a local hangout for many Englewood residents, I'm sure this community will welcome Brewability with open arms,” said David Carroll, executive director for the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce, which works to help Englewood businesses succeed.
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