Founder and Owner
This self-proclaimed book dork was born and raised in Colorado. She attended Colorado State University and graduated with a B.A. in English in 2003. While obtaining said degree, she will admit that some great works of literature were read while drinking an Easy Street Wheat (and pretty much every beer from the early days of New Belgium and Odell)—thus beginning her habit of reading while drinking a good beer. She met and fell in love with Ryan Kilpatrick and spent a lot of time hanging out in Fort Collins craft breweries talking about how awesome it would be to own a brewery someday.
Fast forward to 2007. Ryan Kilpatrick goes off the deep-end with his beer geekiness and Christa has no choice but to join him or risk spending an eternity listening to the Brewing Network and being super annoyed. Ryan’s homebrewing is bordering on obsessive, but the beer is really, really good. The couple consider opening a brewery in their Park Hill neighborhood but decide to put that dream on hold for a couple of years to take on the challenges of parenthood.
In February of 2013 they decide to take the leap and write a business plan. But what to call the brewery? Christa, “hey let’s combine my love of books with your love of beer; we could call the brewery Fiction Beer Company.” (And yes, she takes full credit for conceptualizing the brewery theme.) The couple puts together an awesome team of investors and suddenly that dream from years and years ago becomes a reality. Now open in the East Denver neighborhood of Park Hill Fiction Beer Company is here for all to enjoy.
Christa divides her time between being a Mom to an amazing little boy and doing anything that needs to be done for Fiction Beer Company. (That previously un-used English degree sure is coming in handy now!)
Q & A
What is your favorite beer?
This changes. Currently, Hennepin by Brewery Ommegang.
What is your favorite beer style?
Saison. It’s a great beer to drink while reading dystopian novels; it’s crisp, earthy and cheers me up a bit while reading about the end of the world.
What is your favorite book?
Wow, this is tough. For ever and ever, it has been To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. So let’s stick with that to make it easy.
Who is your favorite author?
Kurt Vonnegut. He blew my mind at a young age. A close second, Tom Robbins and third, David Sedaris—that guy is pee-in-your-pants funny. (I also say David Sedaris in the hopes that he will someday let us name a beer after him; are you reading this Mr. Sedaris?)