Release Date: May 1, 2020
Downtown #Strongmont Business of the Day - 300 Suns
Downtown #Strongmont Business of the Day - 300 Suns at 335 1st Ave.
300 Suns Brewing opened their doors in early 2014 in a small industrial space off 1st Ave. in Downtown Longmont. They offer a wide selection of delicious craft beers, and provide a diverse, ever-changing craft drinking experience that gets back to the roots of craft brewing. Pair your beer, cider, wine or local canned cocktail with delicious scratch-made food from Scratch Kitchen, now located inside the brewery! They offer online ordering of both their food and beer through their website, and welcome you to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
Get to know this hyper-local brewery by watching their YouTube video!
Q & A with Dan and Jean Ditslear, Owners
Q: Why you decided to open in Downtown Longmont.
A: We love how Downtown is the center of activity for the city. Being a brewery, we needed a location that was both industrial but also approachable for customers. Our location was the perfect mix of both. We like being close enough to the action to participate as a Downtown Business, but a little south of the tracks which makes our destination a little quirkier.
Q: How can your customers make 300 Suns Brewing their own favorite place, and how can they take ownership of supporting you during this time?
A: Mostly we just want our customers to continue to purchase our product. We aren’t asking for anything above and beyond that. Keep enjoying craft beer and scratch food from us. That’s all it takes to keep us here.
Q: Why and how did you get into your line of business?
A: We’ve loved craft beer since before we moved to Longmont 20 years ago. We wanted to put our time and our work into something that brought joy to others the way drinking a craft beer with our friends brought joy to both our palates and our souls. And we wanted to give the community a gathering place that was welcoming, unpretentious and got back to the roots of craft brewing. When we started looking at what we could do to grow the kitchen and how we could bring in someone with much more culinary knowledge and talent to complement what we wanted to focus on (craft beer) Nate Say from Scratch was the first person we talked to. Nate, who has a degree in culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu, initially focused his career on hotel and resort work, then ventured out to start his own food truck business, Scratch, in 2017. Our brick and mortar location was the perfect place to blend our businesses into one.
Q: What do you enjoy most about doing business?
A: Building community and getting to personally know our customers and watch them build friendships with each other. We love asking our customers where they met each other and finding out it was at 300 Suns.
Q: What differentiates you from other businesses?
A: We like to think of ourselves as the little engine that could. We are very small and want to stay that way. We are so hands-on and take pride in every thing we design and build in the brewery and every event we put on. Being small allows us to be flexible and customer-focused. We got in to this business to make delicious craft beer (and scratch food) and the direct interaction with the customer-having conversations about their reactions to our product is so important. For that reason, we don’t really want to expand beyond our community. Our goal isn’t to take over the world, but to put down roots and grow them strong here.
During the Stay at Home order, we'll be featuring a different Downtown Longmont business each day. These small businesses are the heartbeat of our community and are a big reason why this is such a great place to live, work, and play. This is a difficult time for everyone, and small businesses and their owners and employees are no exception.
There are many ways you can support our local small businesses during this time, from liking, following, and sharing their content on social media, to making online or over-the-phone purchases of products or gift cards.