Firm brews ale for theater fund-raiser

The Rockslide Restaurant and Brewery in downtown Grand Junction has created a special beer as part of an effort to raise money for renovations at the nearby Avalon Theater.

“We want to do our part to help raise the money needed to complete the renovation of our historic Avalon Theater. One dollar of every pint of Avalon Ale sold will be donated to the Avalon Theatre Cornerstone Project,” said Scott Howard, co-owner along with Mike Bell of the Rockslide Restaurant and Brewery. 

Bell agreed: “Arts and culture are a huge part of this community, and we want to ensure it keeps growing and thriving.”

Avalon Ale was created by Zorba Proteau, head brewer at Rockslide, in the style of German wheat beer. “The Avalon Ale has a general flavor of banana and clove. It’s a very light-tasting beer and is unlike anything else we have on tap,” Proteau said.

The Avalon Theater is scheduled to reopen Sept. 20. The Avalon Theater Foundation met its original fund-raising goal of $1.1 million, but remains $400,000 short of its secondary goal.

 The Rockslide is located at 401 Main St. For additional information, call 245-2111 or visit the website located at