Learn about the Brand-New Transit and Information Center + Brewery coming to Cooper Creek Square
It’s a wonder how there has never been an inside, heated transit stop with public bathrooms and local info in Winter Park or Fraser… until now. Coming next winter to Cooper Creek Square, the 5,500 square foot space former town ice rink will soon be transformed into Winter Park’s only indoor Transit Center. You will be able to wait inside, use the public restroom, and learn about The Lift transit schedule all without shivering and seeing your breath. Conveniently located next to the free parking garage in downtown Winter Park, the new Transit Center will not take away any covered parking and will make parking in the garage and waiting for a bus to the slopes so much warmer.
The space will also be home to Winter Park’s newest brewery, coffee kiosk, and bike washing station. The International Council of Shopping Centers recently did a report about retail, including brewpubs, connected to transit centers, the ICSC highlighted Union Station as a national model. “This is kind of like Union Station, on a very miniature scale,” said Charlie Johnson a principal at WC Johnson, which owns Cooper Creek.
The Big Trout Brewing Company, owned by long-time Grand County locals, Tom and Emily Caldwell, will be opening adjacent to the new transit center in late fall / early winter 2019. Owner/Brewer, Tom Caldwell, has been brewing professionally for 10 years and is excited to use his expertise and experience in this new venture.
Big Trout is excited to introduce a cutting-edge High-Efficiency Brewing System (HEBS) from IDD, which will be the first of its size in the state of Colorado. This system not only produces high-quality beer but also conserves water, our most precious resource, reducing water waste by up to 30%.
“We want to do something a bit different than many other breweries and really invest in ways to reduce our water waste and impact on the surrounding environment. We think this is especially important here, at the headwaters of the Colorado River,” says Tom.
The brewery will feature twenty taps, a comfortable, welcoming environment, and some small bites. According to the owner, Emily Caldwell, “We’ve been community members in Grand County for 13 years, and we are raising our family here. It is important to us that we have a family-friendly atmosphere for the community and visitors alike.”
Big Trout Brewing will release more information as the construction progresses. In the meantime, you can follow them on Facebook for the latest updates and information. Tom and Emily look forward to serving the community next winter. Follow Big Trout Brewing on Facebook here: BigTroutBrewingCo
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*Transit Rendering designed by Arrow B Architecture.