14er Brewing Company is the brainchild, passion, and dedication of Andrew Kaczmarek and Nato Francescato. The brand brings innovative Uniquely Crushable craft beer to the most competitive beer market in the world through an iconic Colorado brand, and a unique portfolio of beers.
Andrew and Nato are Colorado natives, just a couple Wheat Ridge boys--as some would say. They saw New Belgium grow from a basement to a world-class sustainable brewery. They helped brew beer at Golden City before they were “allowed” to drink. They started a hop farm, and finally watched a little brew pub from Breck sell to the world’s largest brewery.
It all started with two high school friends finding time between classes to brew, then meeting most weekends during college to brew and ultimately an unwavering resolve to evolve and launch a brewery with zero dollars and no investors. A brewery focused on the active Colorado lifestyle was not a new concept... however, no brewery in the market felt "right". If two Denver natives couldn't find a brewery that felt like home there was a need.
Sure it was about lifestyle but first and foremost it was about the beer. They admittedly enjoy out of balance flavor profiles but nothing in the market allowed for their active lifestyle without feeling weighted down and sluggish after drinking one or two beers. That was it, they would make beer with the unique Denver flavors they loved while keeping the beer from slowing down the adventure. And so it was coined, 'Uniquely Crushable'. Distinctly craft with unique flavor profiles and extreme drinkability.
The question still remained, how they would tie the Uniquely Crushable beer to their lifestyle. Andrew is an avid cyclist and enjoys besting his PR each year in the Triple Bypass. Nato is a self proclaimed weekend warrior who enjoys all activates with a healthy ration of sunscreen. While cycling Independence Pass one morning they approached the summit, the sky opened and both had an epiphany in unison. It was so simple, 14er Brewing Company!
They know Denver, they know beer and now they are 14er Brewing; the hottest new Denver brewery.
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