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Meet Ryan Evans of Bruz Beers in North Denver

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Evans.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Ryan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I fell in love with Belgian beers while backpacking Europe in college. I was headed to Amsterdam, like any good college student at that time (ha!), and I had a train change in Brussels. With a few hours to kill, I found a pub and hit the bartender up for his favorite beer. He brought me a Tripel Karmeliet, a style of beer I had never had before. It blew me away. I had never tasted anything like it before. He continued to bring me beers until I had to leave to catch my train. It left me a fan of Belgian style beers for life!

Fast forward a few years, and here I am with a Belgian style brewery in the middle of the USA!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There is never enough time, money or energy for a startup! It wasn’t easy, but we have bootstrapped this brewery and made it into a valuable player in the highly competitive Colorado beer market. Producing only Belgian styles has allowed us to shine. Our laser focus enables us to continue to improve the quality of our offerings. Looking at expanding into a second tasting room in town this summer while also upgrading our brewhouse from a 4 bbl to a 15 bbl to keep up with demand for our beers.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Bruz Beers – what should we know?
I am very much the business side of the brewery. My co-founder, Charlie Gottenkieny, is very much the master brewer. As a company, we are most proud of our quality and our cult-like following. We will be taking 46 customers over to Belgium in May to eat, drink and enjoy what Belgium has to offer.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Energy, creativity, and determination.

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Images courtesy of Chris Austin @caustincreative

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