New World’s End Brewpub harkens back to traditional English pubs
GRAND LAKE — Husband and wife team Phillip and Jenny Yarnall are bringing brewing back to Grand Lake this year with the recent opening of the new World’s End Brewpub, an establishment that harkens back to the traditional English public houses on which it was modeled.
The Yarnalls opened World’s End Brewpub just in time for the traditional start of Grand Lake’s high summer tourism season on the Friday before Memorial Day and since have been busy accommodating patrons in the quint and cozy establishment right on Grand Avenue. It is located just across the street from Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre and the pub’s outdoor patio area runs adjacent with the town’s boardwalk, offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
Hailing from Broomfield before they made their recent move to the High Country, the Yarnalls are former school bus drivers whose decade-long passion for home brewing beer gradually shifted into the dream of opening their own place in the mountains.
“As craft brew lovers, we would have little parties,” explained Phillip Yarnall. “Over time people started asking if they could buy beer from me, but we needed a license.”
The couple spent several years kicking around the idea of starting their own establishment and even purchased a three-barrel brewing system to brew larger batches of beer but conditions were never quite right, that is, until this year. When their current space came available they jumped at the chance.
“As soon as the opportunity presented itself we said yes,” Jenny Yarnall said. “We sold our house and quit our job. It is scary but it is such a fantastic opportunity and so exciting.”
As the name implies, World’s End Brewpub will focus heavily on beer, specifically Colorado brewed craft beers such as Great Divide’s pale ale and Dry Dock’s coffee stout. They also offer hard cider as well as hard liquor and wine. The brewpub has a tap draft system and serves up a simple menu of classic pub food from wild game brats to jumbo pretzels and cheese sticks. Their beer selection will be rotated regularly with new unique beers replacing previous ones each time a keg is fully tapped out.
The Yarnalls will spend the summer gearing up and obtaining permits for the brewpub’s future in-house brewing endeavors, which they plan to start sometime later this year. Part of that gearing up process includes prepping the facilities at World’s End to accommodate their three-barrel brewing system. The couple also spent the last few months remodeling their current space, including the addition of their patio space and the installation of a new bar built by Phillip.
The name of World’s End Brewpub is an homage to the pubs and public houses of England, which the Yarnalls have previously visited.
“The UK is such a beautiful and friendly place,” Phillip said. “We were going for that public house feel. A place where the community can come together at the end of the day, reconnect, network and figure out what is going on.”
Jenny echoed his sentiments.
“That whole culture appeals to us,” she said. “It is a hub for the community.”
The name World’s End is also a reference to Grand Lake’s unique geographical placement — and that it’s technically the end of the road upwards of eight months a year while Trail Ridge Road is closed.
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