Prost in English means cheers. Prost for Northglenn means 200 jobs coming to the city.
Prost Craft Brewery is setting up shop in Northglenn with plans to construct a 53,000-square-foot brewery and a 6,000-square-foot biergarten in the Northglenn Marketplace. The project will break ground in December with a planned opening in July 2023.
“This will be a game-changer in the revitalization of the Marketplace,” said Northglenn Economic Development Manager Debbie Tuttle.
There, Prost will have its corporate headquarters, regional production facility, distribution center and the company's largest beer garden. David Deline, president of Prost Brewing Company, said it will attract about 300,000 visitors each year, making it a destination location for residents across the Denver metro area.
Deline said it's expected that 90% of sales will come from people living within a 15-minute drive of the new site. Currently, Prost has locations in Denver, Fort Collins and Highlands Ranch.
It will be a $25.6 million investment and create about 200 jobs at full production in 2030, Deline said.
Initially, the company expecst over $7 million in stabilized sales and $1.5 million in annual payroll across 23 full-time employees at the brewery. The average salary will be about $70,000.
Deline said the company expects $5 million in total sales at the Biergarten, $1 million in annual payroll and $20 to $35 hourly wages for all employees, with the general manager at about $120,000.
With the expansion, they hope to send beers further than their current market, which includes Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. They look to distribute to Arizona, Idaho, Texas and across the Midwest.
The Biergarten will have communal tables, weekly events, a large outdoor patio with ample seating, fire pits and games.
With the new location, Prost will receive national recognition as one of the most sustainable and technologically advanced breweries in the country. They are the fifth largest craft brewery in the state.
The company will use European technology and equipment that's not standard at breweries in the United States.
Some of that equipment includes a six-vessel Kaspar Shultz Brewhouse equipped with a dedicated decoction vessel, a six-roller grain mill capable of endosperm mashing, CO2 recapture and more. While some breweries in the country have some of this equipment, Deline said none have them all under one roof.
With that technology comes sustainability, he said. The brewery will capture 100% of the CO2 produced and reuse it in the finished product and will rely on solar panels to power the endeavor and have enough to sell back to power grid.
Compared to a regular brewery, Prost's facility will use less total water and energy in production and use a special vacuum technology that will use only one-third of energy of a typical brewery.
Council approves the cash
In support of the project, Northglenn City Council unanimously approved $1.7 million in funding and incentives from the city as well as two $25,000 grants from the Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority.
Northglenn will receive 4% in taxes from the estimated $52 million in sales over the next 10 years.
City Councilor Richard Kondo asked if staff had accounted for the amount of water the brewery will need. Tamara Moon, environmental manager, said the city is confident there will be enough water.
Mayor Pro-Tem Jenny Willford said she’s excited for the development and for the well-paying jobs coming to the city.
“I feel very strongly that having Prost brewery here is going to help (put Northglenn on the map),” she said.
Prost was founded in 2012 to brew German beers.
“German beer was created around the sense of community, bringing people together,” Deline said. “This is what we worked towards from the very beginning.”