Prepping for The Post

Bryan Selders

Great beer and deep fried chicken . . . . what could be better?

When we reached Bryan Selders on the phone yesterday, he was watching a Colorado-bound moving van loaded with his family’s stuff pull away from the curb of his Delaware home.

Selders has joined Big Red F Restaurants as Brew Master for the company’s newest concept, The Post Brewery, opening in Lafayette this fall.

Big Red F is the umbrella over Jax Fish House, Zolo Grill, The Bitter Bar, Centro, Lola, and West End Tavern. The Post Brewery represents the company’s first foray into handcrafted batch beers, and bringing Selders on board is an excellent first step.

Selders is a wunderkind brewer who spent most of the last decade crafting radically creative drafts at the renowned Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware, where he earned a reputation for both artistry and ability. While there, Selders was featured on Discovery Channel’s short-lived but popular series Brew Masters, which took brewing to exotic lengths with a star team of beer geeks.

For The Post, which will open in the former VFW Post on Emma Street, Selders plans to dial down the exotic factor in his beers, while upping their approachability.

“Our vision for The Post is really all about making beers that are interesting and intriguing, but also very accessible,” Selders explained.

In the throws of relocating his family across country, Selders is also busy procuring custom brewing equipment to meet The Post’s unique space.

“We’re sourcing from a variety of vendors so we can make a wide range of really consistent beers,” he said.

That’s all very cool, but what about the chicken you say?

As our headline implies, The Post aims to be a downhome and uptown chicken joint, with traditional and creative twists on fried and rotisserie bird.

“Super delicious,” was Selders’ simple explanation.

Rennovations on the VFW Post are in full swing. The company will begin brewing in October and plans to have four beers on tap upon opening in mid-November

“We’re looking forward to bringing people in Lafayette an experience we think they are going to love,” Selders said.

Cold beer and hot chicken. Mm, mmm.  Lafayette and all of Boulder County are looking forward too.