Carbondale’s New Taproom Serves Up Handcrafted Cool (And Plenty of Tasty Beer)
“I’ve been dreaming up Batch since we opened up our original place,” smiles owner Aly Sanguily, marketing director and former tasting room manager for husband Chase Engel’s Roaring Fork Beer Company (RFBC). Batch is the summation of her dreams to date.
“This isn’t a bar. We’re not serving shots. We’re more of a ‘living room-meets-library’ taproom vibe, more intimate, more about our brewery—a nice ‘come in with your computer’ kind of thing, and have a fun drink on tap,” Sanguily adds.
About those taps:
In addition to RFBC beers, 12 more taps spill craft beers from Casey Brewing and Idylwilde, as well as yerba mate and a variety of kombuchas by Elevated Elixirs and Dragonfly. Batch has also tapped other Main Street offerings, from Bonfire nitro coffee to food deliveries from Phat Thai and Allegria.
On mentors, Ska Brewing:
“They created an incredible sense of community; Durango is ‘Ska World’ over there, and they welcomed us,” Sanguily recalls. “I base my core values around them—we do a lot of philanthropy, support a lot of nonprofits.”
Supporting other locals:
Batch is not only a favorite new locals’ hangout, it’s also helping the wider community. “We recently hosted space for the ‘How We Grow’ documentary Kickstarter campaign…there was an intent for being in here, a purpose to support. Those are the nights that make us feel really good. I always say we make and sell good beer, but I don’t think our brand would be the same without these kinds of things we do.”