About The Brewhouse
The concept of Factotum Brewhouse was thought-up one night when the four Bruns siblings met for dinner. The notion of a homebrewer-driven brewery was mentioned, the conversation snowballed from there, and Christopher and Laura’s interests began to pique. Although they live in Denver—the “Napa Valley of Beer,” the “Munich of the West”—neither Christopher nor Laura had heard of a business model quite like the one they talked about at dinner; no brewery had yet made homebrewers the cornerstone of the process.
Christopher and Laura held several college degrees between them but lacked a background in business. Therefore, they enrolled in the small business start-up class via the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and further honed their business and brewing aptitude through Tom Hennessy’s Brewery Immersion Course at the Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery in Ridgway, Colorado.
Throughout the process of opening a brewery, Laura and Christopher experienced their fair share of bumps in the road but can thank a strong network of support from local brewers for guiding them through the complicated process. Without the collaborative spirit that permeates the craft beer industry, Factotum Brewhouse might never have happened.
Factotum Brewhouse isn’t a pedestal for which Christopher and Laura to stand on, it’s all about the guest brewers. It’s about providing them a stage so they may display their craft, refine their talents, and receive unbiased public feedback. This service is open to expert and novice brewers alike because, at Factotum Brewhouse, anyone can brew; all it takes is the right amount of guidance and knowledge. We do this to recognize homebrewers for all they’ve done for the craft beer industry. After all, America’s greatest commercial brewers first learned their craft on a little homebrew set-up in their garage or basement. Amateur brewers are the root of craft beer’s success and Factotum Brewhouse honors that foundation on which it is built.
Siblings Christopher and Laura Bruns were raised in a blue collar, Midwestern town in a family boasting strong German roots. Beer was always the drink of choice at the Bruns household and no guest went longer than a few minutes before being offered a cold one. That passion for beer followed Christopher and Laura into adulthood.
Both Christopher and Laura moved to Colorado to attend college. Laura graduated from the University of Colorado while Christopher graduated from Western State College (now Western State Colorado University). It was in college where their general love of beer took a craft-centric turn, where their eyes were opened to the bounty of the many great Colorado breweries. Their affinity for beer was cemented.
Christopher considers himself the family’s resident beer geek. He loves everything about the subject. He loves the history and evolution of beer both in America and abroad. He’s fascinated with beer’s ability to create diverse flavors with so few ingredients. He appreciates craft brewing’s knack for creating jobs and revitalizing neighborhoods. He’s drawn to the artistic, creative, and experimental aspects of brewing and is happiest when conversing with friends over a well-crafted brew. He’s also an ardent supporter of the “drink local” philosophy and is attempting to visit every brewery in the state of Colorado.
Laura was fortunate enough to have attended college in Colorado at about the same time craft beer was catching on with mainstream society. She watched as very small, very local breweries grew into national brands. As an avid world traveler, Laura is always excited to try beers from around the globe and recognizes the drink’s talent for bringing humanity closer together. Her favorite brew, however, is always an après-ski beer, usually enjoyed outside during one of this state’s many days of sunshine.