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Longmont Brewers are Brewing Up Something Special for Longmont Startup Week

Longmont Observer has been issued a press release from the LEDP regarding Longmont brewers brewing up something special for Longmont Startup Week. Longmont’s craft brewers and St.
(left to right) Walter Bourque with Grossen Bart Brewery, Nick Boehner with 300 Suns Brewing, Andy Riedel with Open Door Brewing, Dean Landi with St. Vrain Cidery, Chad Johnson with Shoes & Brews, Leslie Kaczeus with Bootstrap Brewing, and Dan Ditslear with 300 Suns Brewing. Photo provided by LEDP.

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Longmont Observer has been issued a press release from the LEDP regarding Longmont brewers brewing up something special for Longmont Startup Week.

Longmont’s craft brewers and St. Vrain Cidery have joined forces to brew up something special for Longmont Startup Week.  It is a collaboration for Longmont and about Longmont, a beer made exclusively for Longmont Startup Week and only available during Startup Week. This beer is called The Wannapreneur.  It was created as a way to celebrate and give back to the Longmont startup community. A portion of every Wannapreneur sold will be donated to the Longmont Ignite! Fund, a fund established by community-minded individuals to make grants available to early-stage startups in Longmont.

Longmont brewers began meeting several months ago to brainstorm ideas on how to make this beer uniquely Longmont. Some of the ideas proposed were a New England style IPA, a zero IBU IPA, and a PB&J tribute to Smuckers, who recently announced plans to open a manufacturing plant in Longmont. The group eventually landed on the idea of a unique cider-beer hybrid in a blond ale style, which would also bring St. Vrain Cidery, a recent startup in Longmont, into the collaboration. Once the style was determined, the brewers reconvened at 300 Suns for a juice and hop sampling to determine a formula and specific ingredients.

Brewers came together on June 22, 2017 at 300 Suns Brewing to collaborate on the brewing process and contribute ingredients. The Wannapreneur was brewed using experimental hops, Kolsch-style yeasts from Inland Island in Denver, malts from Root Shoot Malting in Loveland, and fresh apple juice from the western slope in Colorado. The hops used were HBC 438 and it’s sister, HBC 472, which are experimental hops developed by the Hop Breeding Company in Yakima Valley, Washington. HBC 438 imparts a strong and complex fruit flavor to the beer, with a unique aroma of fruity, citrus, and coconut. HBC 472 delivers a surprising fruity note with its distinctive coconut-woody character. With this combination, The Wannapreneur is expected to be a bright and crisp ale full of apple and citrus flavors, perfect for patio season!

“I am excited for Longmont Startup Week!” said Dan Ditslear, Owner of 300 Suns Brewing. “It’s been great to have the breweries come up with the idea, throw some new ideas into the mix, and brew together today. We were able to meet some of the newer breweries in Longmont for the first time through this process, and the older breweries in town have been really supportive in planning and developing the recipe. The knowledge base from all the local brewers combined made this a great collaboration!”

Be the first to try this exclusive, limited edition “beer for a cause” at The Wannapreneur Keg Tapping and Opening Party for Longmont Startup Week at 300 Suns Brewery on July 24th at 4:00pm.  The first 100 guests through the door will get a free Wannapreneur souvenir pint glass. Make a night of it and experience the other great breweries in Longmont by hopping on the BrewHop Trolley, which will be making rounds to each of the breweries! The Wannapreneur will be available at each of the breweries participating in the collaboration, during Longmont Startup Week only.  The breweries include: 300 Suns, Oskar Blues, Left Hand Brewery, Open Door Brewery, Skeye Brewing, Shoes & Brews, Wibby Brewing, The Pumphouse, Grossen Bart, and Bootstrap Brewing.  St. Vrain Cidery is part of the collaboration, however due to liquor licensing, is not able to serve The Wannapreneur.

To sign up for The Wannapreneur Keg Tapping and Opening Party, or to learn more about Longmont Startup Week, visit


About Startup Week: Startup Week™ is more than a conference, it’s a celebration. Startup Week brings entrepreneurs, local leaders, and friends together over five days to build momentum and opportunity around your community’s unique entrepreneurial identity. Join in a celebration led by entrepreneurs and hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces you love. Over the course of five days, participants in Startup Week can choose the events they’d like to attend. Typically these events are held at various venues across a city. Speakers from the community, and outside it, are brought in to share their story to motivate and inspire the entrepreneurial community. Local organizers select the tracks they feel are most relevant to their community and choose speakers based on those tracks. Over 75 communities across the globe have hosted a Startup Week, a program of Techstars.

About Longmont Economic Development Partnership: The Longmont Economic Development Partnership is a public/private 501c(6) non-profit economic development organization serving the greater Longmont area. As Longmont’s primary agent for economic development, the Partnership leads a comprehensive and collaborative economic development strategy to promote and strengthen the Longmont community’s economic health. The Longmont Economic Development Partnership offers a variety of services and resources to support the relocation, retention, and expansion of business in Longmont and serves as the gateway to Longmont for all businesses.


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