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The Tivoli Story

With 150 years of brewing in Colorado, our roots run deep.
Following the method of our German forefathers, we continue to lager our beer to this day. It’s not an easy process, or an inexpensive one, but we believe it is the right way to brew. We painstakingly craft our beers over 42 days to bring out the true flavors of each recipe. We take a lot of pride in knowing that when we put a beer on the table, we know it will be smooth, crisp and full of flavor. You see, we believe that beer has a soul, and to that we must hold true while also striving to find modern ways to enhance it.

Brewing is a time-honored art and we believe in sharing our knowledge and expertise to further our craft. Our brewery has been located in the same building since 1859. When we reopened our doors in 2015, we did so as a state-of-the-art craft brewery in what is now the heart of the Auraria college campus. Our partnership with MSU’s brewing program allows us to blend traditional techniques with 21st century ideas. It’s an honor to open up our brewery as a teaching facility to help spark the next generation of brewmasters.

As with everything, we seek to find the right combination between the old and new. When you step into our building our old world spirit will make you feel right at home, and you’ll find there’s an energy that makes you want to stay. We have nothing to hide, and you’ll see that in our taproom. Behind the glass walls our original brewing equipment is surrounded by the latest in brewing technology. You’ll find that same clarity in our beers and taste the difference when we put a pint on your table.

Tivoli has been a part of Colorado from its beginning and we’ve always strived to forge strong bonds within our community. Through community outreach and partnerships we pour our heart into making our city, state and brewery a better place. We’re here to make a difference and you can rest assured that we always aim to do it the right way. If you’re not sure what we mean, grab a bottle or pint and you’ll quickly understand.

Tivoli…always press onward.

How it Began

Historic Brewers

John Good
The father of the Tivoli brand. Good was a German immigrant that arrived with the Gold Rush. He opened a mercantile store for which he personally imported items including otherwise unavailable brewing ingredients. Good was a major contributor to the foundation of Denver. He was a partner with Rocky Mountain Brewery where he brewed the first batch of Helles lager in 1859. He left RMB to found a German bank in Denver which ultimately led to his ownership of this building.

Moritz Sigi
Sigi brought this building to life. He specialized in brewing buck beers, a Colorado unique style of ales that are brewed as lagers. Tivoli Sigi’s Wild Horse is a close replica of Sigi’s original beer and named for the horrific horse accident that ended his life.

Max Melsheimer
Melsheimer brought the Milwaukee Brewery to this building in 1891. He significantly expanded the brewing capacity of the building, but was unable to earn enough revenue to repay his loan to the German bank. This resulted in foreclosure and John Good’s ownership of the building.


John Good comes to Colorado and the Tivoli Brewing Company begins operations in Auraria.


Frederick Salomon opens Rocky Mountain Brewery. John Good partners with Salomon and sells him his part of the brewery.


Moritz Sigi opens Sigi’s Brewery.


Phillip Zang purchases Rocky Mountain Brewery and renames it Zang’s.


Sigi dies in a horrible accident.


Colorado becomes a state.


Max Melsheimer purchases Sigi’s Brewery and renames it Milwaukee Brewery.


Melsheimer borrows $250,000 from John Good to install new copper kettles and the grain tower.


Good forecloses on the loan to Melsheimer. Partners with Union Brewery to form Tivoli-Union.


Prohibition begins and most breweries close. Tivoli-Union brews low ABV cereal beers to sustain through prohibition.


John Good dies. The ownership of Tivoli-Union Brewery passes on to his last remaining son, John E. Good.


Prohibition is repealed!


Loraine Good, the final heir to the brewery, passes. Carl and Joseph Ochiatto purchase Tivoli Brewing. The South Platte River floods and halts production in the flooded building.


Labor strike over wages further halts progress.


The Tivoli-Union Brewery closes.


The Tivoli building reopens as a bar and retail center.


The Tivoli building becomes the Auraria campus Student Union.


Corey Marshall acquires Tivoli and other historic beer brands.


Tivoli Brewery reopens in its original location.

Historic Equipment

Ammonia Condenser
This is the first form of commercial refrigeration. Before this, brewing beer required harvesting ice from the mountains. This limited production in seasons with less ice. Vilter Mfg Co designed this to eliminate the need for harvested ice.

Westinghouse #002
This is the second A/C generator unit that George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla produced. The first model lit the White City at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Steam-powered generators allowed for longer work hours and reduced fire hazards from oil lamps.

Copper Kettles
The 250-barrel copper kettles were installed in 1890. They are steam-heated duel-jacketed kettles designed for yearly production of up to 600,000 barrels. In 2015, they were valued at an estimated $300,000 USD in copper alone.

Auraria Taproom

900 Auraria Parkway

Suite 240

Denver, CO 80204

DEN Airport Brewery

Tom's Urban at The Westin

8300 Pena Boulevard

Main Terminal

Denver, CO 80249

Taproom Hours

Mon-Fri: 10am - 10pm

Sat: 11am - 10pm

Sun: 11am - 8pm