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Beer By Design opens June 1 as Northglenn's first craft brewery

Northglenn will get its first craft brewery on June 1 when Vance Sabbe -- a former homebrew shop owner -- and Rich Aggen open Beer By Design.

The 5,000-square-foot brewery and taproom features a twenty-barrel brewing system and four forty-barrel fermenters, along with about 100 seats.

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"We did a lot of research, and a lot of these new breweries that have opened with small brewing systems realized they couldn't keep up with demand," Sabbe says. "Some of them even had to shut down a few days because they couldn't keep up, so we decided to go big, so we could serve the customers a little better -- and maybe even take a breather sometimes," he adds.

Because he has such a big brewing system, though, Sabbe plans to sell the majority of his beer to restaurants and bars within a ten-mile radius, like TGI Friday's, The Glenn Bar & Grill, Chili's and the Fox & Hound.

Beer By Design will brew beers as part of several different series. For instance, the Rocky Mountain Series will feature Copper Mountain Pale Ale, Wild Mountain Wheat, Cascade Mountain IPA and Alpine Mountain Amber Ale. The Architectural Series will include American Bungalow Brown, Cantilever Lager and Prairie Style Porter, while the Women & Beer Series includes Brunette Brown and Lucille Red.

Another beer, called Hopstacle, will be a tribute to the process of getting a brewery going and will eventually become part of a Good, the Bad and the Ugly series.

Beer By Design should have four or five of these beers on tap when it opens and a total of twelve going by late July, Sabbe says.

The brewery will hold a grand opening celebration sometime in late June; it should be open seven days a week.


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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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