On November 20, Bonfire Brewing celebrated its 11th anniversary with a grand party at its beer hall in Oryol. The bar was packed with patrons and employees talking, dancing and, of course, drinking with close friends late into the night in their favorite public place.
The next morning, the brewery was shuttered and the brewery suspended production and distribution of its popular and award-winning craft beer.
Bonfire Brewing released a statement saying the closure was due to a discrepancy in the liquor license, without providing any information on when the restaurant might reopen or the future of the business.
In the weeks that followed, Vail Daily conducted several interviews with employees, stakeholders and the company’s board members to understand how Eagle’s popular downtown business closed its doors, as well as its inner struggle for the company’s future after its unexpected demise in February. Andy Jessen, co-founder of the brewery and well-known public figure.
While the need for the November stop was indeed due to licensing issues, the events leading up to this decision are more complex and confusing than a simple paperwork obstacle. The opportunities for the future of Bonfire Brewing are now in the hands of several key players, and there is still a lot to be decided before the brewery can reopen its doors to society.
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