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Jagged Mountain is the latest would-be brewer to try Kickstarter

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery is the latest brewery-in-planning to try crowdfunding as a way to raise money for equipment or other needs. Several other breweries in Colorado have tried to do the same thing over the past few years with limited success.

The brewery, which has already signed a lease at 1139 20th Street, already has enough capital to open and operate - something it plans to do by Labor Day. But owners Wayne Burns, RJ Banat and Randy Stinson want to raise $25,000 for keg-washing equipment.

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Their Kickstarter campaign, which started today, expires on July 24.

Another startup brewery, Factotum Brewhouse, is currently in the midst of its own Kickstarter campaign; sister-and-brother owners Chris and Laura Bruns are trying to raise $8,000 by July 21 to help beautify their planned taproom.

The brewery, which will be located in Denver's Sunnyside neighborhood, had gathered close to $5,800 of its goal by Friday afternoon.

In Longmont, the 300 Suns Brewery was unsuccessful earlier this year in an effort to raise $45,000 on Indiegogo, while 53 Peaks Brewing, which hopes to open in Conifer, had more positive results, raising $20,000 back in April.

Joyride Brewing, which was formerly called Crooked Keg, raised $5,000 on Kickstarter last year, and plans to open in Edgewater by the end of 2013.

At least three other previous attempts by other breweries to raise money via crowdsourcing have all failed in the past few years.

But that hasn't stopped new ones from trying.

The planned Former Future Brewing, which hopes to located in the Baker neighborhood, is finalizing plans for a Kickstarter campaign right now that it hopes to roll out out next month.

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