Old 121 Brewhouse Announces Ownership Change • thefullpint.com


(LAKEWOOD, CO) Old 121 Brewhouse changes hands with the sale of the business from Karla and Brett Zahrte to Katie and Sam Nicholson. The sale of the business was finalized on September 15, 2022 and the change of ownership took effect. Sam and Katie have a long history with Old 121 Brewhouse as long time regulars and employees of 3 BBL brewery in Lakewood.

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“Old 121 has always held a special place in our hearts,” says Katie Nicholson, the new majority owner of Old 121 Brewhouse. “We closed our home in Lakewood and went to celebrate at Old 121 when the brewery soft-opened. We met Brett and Karla, who worked behind the bar, and immediately struck up a friendship.

“It was a tough decision to walk away from Old 121, but it was the easiest choice to bring Katie and Sam in as they were among the first to come through our doors,” explain Karla and Brett Zahrte. “They love this community and Old 121 like us.”

The Nicholsons have no plans to change the name of the brewery and are keeping the base beers on tap. The brewery’s focus on accessible and session beers will continue in an effort to grow the business while staying true to what the brewery has built. The company will also continue to focus on community impact and ongoing programs such as Crowlers for the Frontlines, partnerships with the VFW, showcasing local artists, and partnerships with local organizations such as The Action Center.

The Nicholsons are excited to bring their combined experience to help grow the brewery to become even more of a Lakewood staple. This will include upgrades to the consumption room and the continued expansion of the brewery’s production capacity.

Katie Nicholson will bring over 10 years of experience in events, relationship building and non-profit work to help lead Old 121 Brewhouse as majority owner with a focus on the front of the house . She previously worked at the Old 121 as a beertender and has been running events since April 2022.

Sam Nicholson brings over 10 years of marketing experience and over 2 years of brewing experience to Old 121 as a minority owner and will serve as Chief Brewer. Sam is also an alumnus of Regis University’s Craft Brewing Certificate Program where he completed an internship with Old 121 in 2019. As well as continuing to help Old 121 on the production side, Sam has also led marketing of the brewery from April 2022. .

Old 121 Brewhouse started in March 2019 with Karla and Brett Zahrte after purchasing the space from Caution Brewery. The brewery, named after the official name of Wadsworth Blvd (Colorado Highway 121), specializes in accessible and session beers and craft sodas. The brewery’s signature beers include Old 121 Lager, a Czech-style pilsner, Honey Brown, a dark ale made with local honey, and West Coast IPA, an IPA with firm bitterness and malt with a pronounced hop profile.


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