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“Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery’s mission is to create the most innovative, unique, and distinctive specialty beers, enjoyable in any scenario, which will change beer enthusiasts' idea of what is possible in specialty craft beer. We will use the best quality, locally-sourced ingredients, superior knowledge, and crafting, to deliver a distinguished product created by honest means.”

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What We Are

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery is a start-up brewery based out of Denver, Colorado. We're adventurous people, and we'll be making adventurous beer. 

Who We Are

“Wayne Burns…happens to be Michigan’s big-beer king.” (Michigan Breweries, Paul Ruschman and Maryanne Nasiatka)

Randy, RJ, and Wayne
Randy, RJ, and Wayne

- Wayne Burns is an accomplished professional brewer with over two decades of brewery setup, production, and management experience. Wayne has won six major awards for his beer, and is a renowned specialty beer expert. Wayne has worked for places such as Bell's, Mountain Sun / Vine St., and Kuhnhenn's.

- RJ Banat is a Certified Public Accountant with a Master of Business Administration degree, with 16 years of accounting, finance, and business consulting experience.

- Randy Stinson has over a dozen years of finance and analytical experience, with experience managing a large staff of service employees.

Why We Are

We've known each other for over a decade. During that time (when Wayne was brewing great beer for other people, and while all of us were finding our way out to Colorado), we've found ourselves relying on each other as maybe volleyball teammates one day, maybe mountaineering partners in South America another time, or maybe simply enjoying each other's company through other outdoor pursuits - backpacking, ice-climbing, canyoneering, whatever. We've literally had each other's lives in our hands.

A buddy, Wayne, and RJ at 18,000 feet in elevation, on the way to Alpamayo (Peru)
A buddy, Wayne, and RJ at 18,000 feet in elevation, on the way to Alpamayo (Peru)

So, it's fair to say we have a deep appreciation for the outdoors, while also consistently pushing our own boundaries and limits.

Likewise, when we decided to join together and start this brewery, it seemed really natural for us to utilize "High Octane" Wayne's skillset and push the limits with our beer and with our brewery.

The Beer

We expect to have a selection of well-made traditional beers available in our taproom. That being said, it is in our mission statement (above) to distinguish ourselves by also offering a significant selection of specialty beers that are innovative, unique, distinctive, and push the boundaries on what beer enthusiasts think is possible in specialty craft beer. No other Denver brewery will be doing what we will be doing to the extent we will be doing it.

It's a bold mission statement, for sure, but we believe we have the team and the experience to pull it off.

Wayne is far too modest to tout his professional accomplishments, so it's a good thing he's not writing this section.  Here is some more about what others have said about him:

“Brewer Wayne Burns makes beautiful, big, bruising brews.” (annarbor.com, http://www.facebook.com/events/123231674366803/)

“With his Solar Eclipse, Wayne reached Himalayan heights. It’s an imperial stout that checks in at 21 percent ABV, putting him in a league with Samuel Adams’ Utopias and Dogfish Head’s World Wide Stout. In recent years, he also turned out an ultrastrong Grand Cru, an Amber Eisbock, and his most often quaffed big beer, Extreme IPA…But Wayne’s smaller beers have gained a following as well.” (Michigan Breweries, Paul Ruschman and Maryanne Nasiatka)

His awards:

- Expedition Stout: 2011 gold medal (aged beer) – Great American Beer Fest

- 4th Dementia Old Ale: 2010 gold medal (English old/strong ale) – World Beer Cup; 2010 gold medal – Great American Beer Fest; 2009 bronze medal – Great American Beer Fest

- Simcoe Silly: 2010 silver medal (Belgo-American ale) – Great American Beer Fest

- Novi Pilsner: 1999 gold medal (German-style pilsner) – Great American Beer Fest

So, with awards in both fairly "normal" as well as specialty categories, we feel we are in really good hands with Wayne at the helm.

For traditional beers, expect us to have typical styles regularly available - e.g., Kolsch, Alt, Wit, IPA, Porter, Stout, etc.

For the big beers, however, I think it's fair to expect the unexpected (...but it's probably safe to assume we will be doing a lot of barrel aging, and a lot of 8-22%+ ABV beers such as barleywines, sours, double IPAS, imperial stouts, monster Belgians, and other extreme beers).

Where We Are

Literally, our brewery is at 1139 20th St. in downtown Denver, Colorado:

We will be occupying most of the lower level of the two-story building on the corner
We will be occupying most of the lower level of the two-story building on the corner
We will be located in downtown Denver, just three blocks from Coors Field
We will be located in downtown Denver, just three blocks from Coors Field
The floor plan
The floor plan

Figuratively, we have raised 100% of our minimum capital requirements, signed a lease, ordered a brand new 10 BBL JVNW brewhouse, and are working on the property build-out.

Our equipment is not this exact system (very close, however)...but is just as shiny
Our equipment is not this exact system (very close, however)...but is just as shiny

Assuming all goes as planned, we should receive our brewhouse in July, and hope to open by Labor Day!

Kickstarter

Our goal on Kickstarter is $25,000. That is a lot of money, but it also isn't a lot of money considering it is a small fraction of the total funding needed (hint: shiny brewery equipment is expensive).

In any event, if we have a successful Kickstarter campaign, we intend to use the funds to purchase keg cleaning equipment (as of now, our "keg cleaning equipment" is Wayne).

A sticker like this can...get stuck on something.
A sticker like this can...get stuck on something.
This is a carabiner.  Our Jagged Mountain "carabeerner" will look something like this, but with our name laser engraved on it.
This is a carabiner. Our Jagged Mountain "carabeerner" will look something like this, but with our name laser engraved on it.
This item can be used to facilitate the consumption of liquid beverages.
This item can be used to facilitate the consumption of liquid beverages.

>>>Kickstarter Stretch Goal<<<

If the good people here believe in us to the extent $35,000 is raised, the following upgrades and awards will occur:

- A random drawing will select ten donors to be bumped up to the next relevant award level (up to the $750 level).  For instance, if you donated at the $100 level and were selected in the drawing, you would then receive the $200 level benefits.

- For the $100 and above level: The cotton/poly blend t-shirt will be upgraded to a high-performance 100% poly, all-weather t-shirt!

The high-performance t-shirt taking a beating - as we expect and hope it will.  The cotton/poly blend is what Randy is wearing in the photo at the top of the page (and is experiencing an adventure of a different kind).
The high-performance t-shirt taking a beating - as we expect and hope it will. The cotton/poly blend is what Randy is wearing in the photo at the top of the page (and is experiencing an adventure of a different kind).

Why Donate?

There are several great reasons to support Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery:

  • You are supporting an innovative brewery that aspires to be very different than most breweries.
  • We will be supporting local businesses (suppliers, food trucks, restaurants, bars, etc.) whenever practical.
  • We are creating jobs!
  • It will make you feel very good inside - kind of like how beer makes you feel...but different.
  • (And, not to be lost in all of this) Breweries make beer!

Finally, the Jagged Mountain team not only feels we can have a great neighborhood impact, but we already are ensuring we make a positive impact to our community. Janelle Banat (RJ's wife) has the task of being our social responsibility director. We already have established the Jagged Mountain Backpack Project to help people in need in the Denver area.  We are also teaming up with Colorado Outward Bound School, to help support a local non-profit organization that loves the outdoors as much as we do. When you support us, you'll be supporting more than just us. 

Links, Articles, Etc.

Our facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/JaggedMountain?ref=hl

Wayne being interviewed about Jagged Mountain, big beers, and other topics on Brew Bubbas:

http://www.brewbubbas.com/Site/Brew_Bubbas_Radio/Entries/2013/4/1_Episode_155_-_BIG_Beers_files/155A.mp3

Articles of interest:

http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/2013/04/jagged_mountain_craft_brewery_will_open_this_fall_in_the_ballpark_neighborhood.php

http://www.fermentedlychallenged.com/2013/04/colorado-beer-news-041213.html

http://www.fermentedlychallenged.com/2012/02/colorado-beer-news-021412.html

http://dribbble.com/shots/867864-Jagged-Mountain-Craft-Brewery?list=everyone

http://denver.eater.com/tags/jagged-mountain-craft-brewery

Risks and challenges

The biggest remaining challenge is opening as soon as we can. We are on track to open in early September, but things happen. We are doing everything we can to open as soon as possible.

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    Those who pledge $15 will receive a sweet Jagged Mountain sticker and will get a shout out on our facebook page.

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    Those who pledge $30 will receive the same benefits as the $15 level, but will also receive a sharp (literally speaking, if broken) Jagged Mountain pint glass.

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    Those who pledge $50 will receive the same benefits as the $30 level, but will also receive a custom-made, load-bearing, Jagged Mountain inscribed carabiner. This is a one-of-a-kind item (all other promotional carabiners are novelty items), so use it on your next adventure, or hang your car from it...if that's how you like to roll.

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    Those who pledge $100 for this option will receive the same benefits as the $50 level, but will also receive a stylish, cotton/poly blend Jagged Mountain t-shirt. If the stretch goal is met, this shirt is upgraded to a 100% poly, high-performance shirt that is meant to be taken, abused, and battered on your next adventure.

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    Those who pledge $200 will receive the same benefits as the $100 level, but will also receive an invite to a VIP pre-opening party at our brewery.

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    Those who pledge $300 will receive the same benefits as the $100 level, but will also choose one of the following classes to attend at our brewery: 1) "Introduction to Craft Beer", 2) "Specialty Beer: The Challenges of Technical Brewing", 3) "Imbrewving Your Homebrewing". The classes will be taught by our big beer expert and award-winning brewer, Wayne Burns.

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    Those who pledge $500 will receive the same benefits as the $100 level, but will also receive a special, private brewery tour for up to four people in our brewery.

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    Those who pledge $750 will receive the same benefits as the $100 level, but will also be an assistant brewer for our big beer expert and award-winning brewer, Wayne Burns, for a day. Bring all your technical questions and a big notebook!

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    Now this is getting really interesting. Those who pledge $1,500 will receive the same benefit as the $100 level, but will also get to work with our big beer expert and award-winning brewer, Wayne Burns, to create/develop, brew, name, and release a beer from our pilot system. Get ready to make something extraordinary.

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    Those who pledge $2,500 will receive the same benefits as the $100 level, but will also get the audacious pleasure to name one of our fermentors whatever they want. In the event more than one backer selects this option, a drawing will be held to determine who gets to name the 20 BBL fermentor vs. one of the three 10 BBL fermentors.

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    Pledge US$ 3,000 or more About US$ 3,000

    Those who pledge $3,000 will receive the same benefits as the $750 level (assistant brewer for a day + the $100 options), but will also receive a complementary outdoors course from Colorado Outward Bound School (one of our business partners). Choose up to an eight-day course in Colorado or Utah, and get out and explore! (There's some fine print for this option, so please get in contact with us if this option interests you.)

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    This is the big one. Those who pledge $5,000 will receive the same benefits as the $100 level, but will also get to work with our big beer expert and award-winning brewer, Wayne Burns, to create/develop, brew, and name a beer using our 10 BBL system. We will hold an exclusive release party for you and up to ten of your luckiest friends.

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