Biff Morehead knew it would be a lot of work.
A home brewer whose most recent day job was as a greeter at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, in May he made the leap into commercial brewing, buying Kevin Baity Kraft Beers from his friend Kevin Baity, renaming it Smiling Toad Brewing Co.
“(Commercial) brewing is a lot more work than making it at home,” he said. “I’m not really the engineer I thought I was.”
It’s not easy being green.
But it sure is fun.
“It’s the hardest fun I ever had,” said Morehead, a jolly man whose a bushy moustache screams “beer.”
Baity’s brew pub was one of the region’s first nano-breweries when it opened on East Bijou Street in 2011. And it definitely is “nano,” with just four tables. More than 15 customers would make it feel crowded.
Morehead’s dream has always been to have his own brewery. But his second dream was to have a friend with a brewery, so he began spending a lot of time at Baity’s pub, learning about different styles and how to make them at home.
Last winter, Baity mentioned he was looking to sell the brewery, unable to keep running it while working another job, Morehead said. Attempts to reach Baity for this column were unsuccessful.
Around that time, Morehead’s wife Patti asked him what he wanted for Christmas.
“A brewery,” he said.
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