Thirty Amazing Colorado Beers From 2015

Former Future/Black Project

Former Future Brewing debuted a side project in 2015 called the Black Project, dedicated to spontaneously fermented creations that owner James Howat inoculates with whatever yeast lands in the “coolship” on the roof of his brewery. But before Black Project was born, Howat poured Jumpseat, an early incarnation of a Black Project beer, at the 2015 Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Vail. It was unusual, to say the least – a dry-hopped wild ale that was at once funky and bretty, but also full of soothing, always-sweet apple, apricot and tangerine flavors.

Best New Brewery Taproom 2015


Former Future had a bumpy landing when it opened in February 2014, running out of beer immediately and limiting its hours. But the brewery, helmed by the adorable James and Sarah Howat, has soared ever since. Based on a steampunk-like historical-futuristic theme, Former Future pours an eclectic lineup of beers — everything from a pre-Prohibition-style cream ale and a sour red to a salted-caramel porter and a barrel-aged Russian imperial stout — that you can drink at the bar, which is made from the wing of a Cessna airplane. The experience is deepened by the Howats' ever-present elegance behind that bar and other well-thought-out design touches, such as lights made from old whiskey barrels and runway lights, barbershop-style bar chairs and tabletop terrariums. In October, the brewery won a medal at the Great American Beer Festival for a beer that it spontaneously fermented on its roof. Look for more leaps forward into the past this year.