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E-Malt.com News article: USA, CO: 300 Suns Brewery Company to open in Logmont
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A year and a half in the making, 300 Suns Co. has an opening day on the calendar for 300 Suns Brewing. Longmont's newest craft beer brewery will open for business at noon on Saturday, February 22, Boulder County Business Report reported on February 12.

"We're all excited," Mark Lusher, one of four co-founders, said. "There's a little nervous energy as well because there's so much to do and get ready. We want to hopefully get a great start and establish a good reputation."

Lusher said there is still an inspection with the city and last-minute cosmetic work to complete, as well as finishing up the first batches of beer to be served.

Lusher, who works in IT and web development and owns the Colab co-working space in downtown Boulder, is starting the brewery with Candace Newcomb, an accountant, and Jean and Dan Ditslear, who own a marketing firm in Longmont.

Lusher is head brewer, while Dan Ditslear will assist. But all four founders plan to have a hand in the brewery's operations. 300 Suns - the name a nod to Colorado's 300 days of sunshine per year - has also hired three part-time bartenders with plans to bring on a couple more, Lusher said.

The crew's 3,000-square-foot brewery will include a 1,250-square-foot tasting room. There is also a 650-square-foot deck.

Originally planning to open in December, the timeline was pushed back due to slight delays from the permitting process and winter weather.

In addition to their own money, Lusher said the founders raised startup funds through a variety of sources that included an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, private-equity investors and a Small Business Administration loan, as well as financing through High Plains Bank in Longmont. Startup costs reached into the six figures, he said.

300 Suns will operate a seven-barrel system and conservatively projects output of about 500 barrels this year. Lusher said there is room to add another fermenter. Expansion into more of the 12,000-square-foot building where the brewery is located could also be an option in the future.

Lusher said the brewery plans to operate only the taproom for now. In three to six months, he said 300 Suns will begin kegging for restaurants and distributing bombers, as well as possibly canning some beers.

Most importantly, 300 Suns began brewing beer the last week of January and plans to have four offerings on tap for opening day.

14 February, 2014

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