DENVER — In a city with a competitive craft brewing industry, Latino-owned Raíces Brewing Company was able to quickly make a name for itself.
The brewing company was founded in 2016 and opened a taproom near Mile High Stadium in September of 2019. It almost immediately became a community favorite, winning the reader’s choice for “Best New Brewery Taproom” in Westword’s Best of 2020 issue.
“We wanted to have a Latino brewery that a person that is a Latino identifies with,” said Tamil Maldonado Vega, co-founder and Vice President of Development for the brewing company. For those that are not Latino, Maldonado Vega hopes that Raíces, meaning “roots” in Spanish, is a place where people can learn more about different cultures and the experiences of many immigrant families.
“Every beer that we create at Raíces, it has a history,” she said.
The brewery also had a goal of removing what Maldonado Vega calls “the barrier of language,” so the beers on tap, for example, are listed in both English and Spanish. She said they wanted to create a space where Latinos could feel at home, where they could “breathe...and be themselves.”