“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)
- 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.
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.
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:
“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)
- 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:
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.
Assuming all goes as planned, we should receive our brewhouse in July, and hope to open by Labor Day!
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).
>>>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!
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:
Wayne being interviewed about Jagged Mountain, big beers, and other topics on Brew Bubbas:
Articles of interest:
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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