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Wonderland Brewing Co. LLC at 5450 W. 120th Ave. plans to open its taproom April 1, and 4 Noses Brewing LLC is planning to open its tasting room sometime in April at 8855 W. 116th Ave.
The openings come almost two years after Big Choice Brewing began pouring beer in its Broomfield taproom. Brewpubs C.B. and Potts, and Gordon Biersch also have operations in Broomfield.
Wonderland and 4 Noses could be brewing beer onsite within the next two weeks, and both are going big.
While many of the area’s breweries have started their operations with three- or five-barrel systems, 4 Noses is going with a 20-barrel operation.
“We have this set up for growth,´ said Tommy Bibliowicz, who is co-founding 4 Noses with his father, Natan; mother, Jessica; and brother David. “It took a little bit extra to be able to pull it off. But we did, and we hope we can grab an interesting corner of the market out here in Broomfield.”
4 Noses is leasing nearly 6,900 square feet that was unfinished. The three-year-old building also houses a Canine Rehabilitation and Conditioning Group branch and a Whole Pets pet store. The owners of Aspen Arbor Animal Hospital, which is in a building next door, also own the building 4 Noses is in.
4 Noses will include a 65-person tasting room as well as an outdoor patio, and Bibliowicz hopes to begin distributing kegs early on. Bibliowicz, 25, who recently went through the University of California Davis’s master brewers program, will be brewmaster. The company will employ one other brewer, but probably fewer than five employees to start.
Bibliowicz declined to disclose startup costs, but said the funds have come from the family as well as loans. Bibliowicz’s mother will help out on the business side of things, while dad and brother, who are both architects, did much of the design for the build-out.
“We got the opportunity to completely build it out as we wanted to,” Bibliowicz said.
Wonderland, meanwhile, has a major build-out of its own going.
Owner Robert Lucero and a former partner in the brewery paid $1.325 million last summer for a four-acre property near the intersection of Sheridan Boulevard and 120th Avenue. The property was home to Westminster Church of the Nazarene and includes a house, an outbuilding, 94 parking spaces and six outdoor basketball courts in addition to the 9,500-square-foot former church building that Wonderland is converting to a brewery.
Lucero, who is in the process of bringing a new business partner aboard, said the plan is for Wonderland to become an event space in addition to the brewery, hosting everything from farmer’s markets to brew festivals to corporate events and weddings.
In addition to his own funds, Lucero said much of the land purchase and startup costs for Wonderland were financed with a Small Business Administration Loan. Lucero, 45, spent 15 years in the construction industry – working on high-rise projects, theme parks and even New Belgium’s brewhouse in Fort Collins – before getting the idea of starting his own brewery.
Lucero will handle the business side of Wonderland, and has hired Joshua Willett, formerly of Wynkoop Brewing Co. in Denver and Fort Collins Brewery, to be lead brewer. Wonderland is going with a 10-barrel brewing system to start.
“Every time I went to a new brewery, a year later, they were like, ‘Whoa, we’re out of space,’ ” Lucero said. “So I wanted to try to avoid that if I could.”
Still, Lucero said Wonderland will only self-distribute a bit locally. The major focus is on bringing people to Wonderland, which will have a 3,500-square-foot taproom complete with music stage and pingpong parlor. He said the business will employ about 10 people when it opens.
“I never envisioned it was going to be this big,” he said. “It just worked out that way.”