Beard-themed beers coming to Longmont
Last Updated: 16:28 September 11, 2013
The three founders of Grossen Bart Brewing Co. will launch a CommunityFunded.com crowdfunding campaign on Tuesday to aid in their efforts to open a new beard-themed brewery in Longmont by February.
The licensed brewery currently is operating out of the garage of co-founder Chad Jorgensen, who lives in Frederick. The trio originally was looking to open their new location in Frederick, but those plans didn’t work out.
“Our sights are set on Longmont,” Shad Chancey, one of the other two founders along with Taylor Wise, said Thursday. “This is where we want to be.”
Chancey said Grossen Bart – German for “big beard” – needs to raise about $60,000 to get its still-to-be-determined new location built and rolling. The company is looking to raise half of that during the 40-day crowdfunding campaign. Those who donate will get swag ranging from brewery stickers for a $10 donation all the way up to a private taproom party with 30 of their friends for a $5,000 donation.
Chancey said the brewery was looking for a location downtown but has expanded the search to other areas of Longmont as well for the planned seven-barrel operation and taproom.
Each of Grossen Bart’s beers is named after a different facial hair style, and all three founders are featured on the company website with bushy beards themselves. Beards won’t be required for entry to the taproom, although there will be bubble gum machines at the entrance dispensing stick-on beards and mustaches for the clean-shaven who feel out of place.
The Grossen Bart founders all come from different backgrounds. Chancey is a freelance graphic designer who does work for Orbotix in Boulder, Jorgensen installs and services home medical equipment and Wise is a painter.
Their new brewery will join a craft beer scene in Longmont that already includes giants Left Hand and Oskar Blues, as well as a downtown fixture in The Pumphouse. The city will soon also include another startup in 300 Suns Brewing, which is slated to open by the end of the year. And Boulder-based Mountain Sun announced recently that it will open a pub in downtown Longmont, although it will not brew any beer onsite.
Even with all of the new breweries opening up in the past couple of years in Boulder and surrounding communities, the Grossen Bart owners are confident they’re timing their arrival in Longmont right.
“The demand is definitely still there,” said Jorgensen, the head brewer. “It’s the next hot spot.”
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