My name is ... Jerry Siote

Lone Tree Brewing Co. director of brewing operations

Posted 10/30/18

About me I'm one of the four owners of the Lone Tree Brewing Co. I'm a brewer here and the director of brewing operations. I was born and raised in Westminster, Colorado, not too far from here. I …

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My name is ... Jerry Siote

Lone Tree Brewing Co. director of brewing operations

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About me

I'm one of the four owners of the Lone Tree Brewing Co. I'm a brewer here and the director of brewing operations. I was born and raised in Westminster, Colorado, not too far from here. I went to the University of Colorado in Boulder. I spent a little time in the investment banking world, and some time after that decided to get into brewing, specifically craft brewing. It was a big influence in my life, growing up around the craft beer scene, along with (co-owner) John Winter, whom I've known very well for the past 16 years.

How I got into brewing

It started from days of home brewing back in the garages and in the backyard, and kind of grew from there. John opened up Lone Tree Brewing in 2011, and I came on board in 2014, and we've been growing a lot since then.

Ever since I was old enough to go to the Great American Beer Festival, it really opened my eyes to the world of craft beer. I said, "Wow, this is incredible. These people look extremely happy. Wouldn't it be cool to one day be in a situation where you could influence a company and be a part of a community?" This is a great community. It's very supportive. Probably for the last 13, 14 years, I thought this is something I want to do, but at that point I said "Wouldn't it be cool to do something like this?"

What the Lone Tree community means to me

At the time we opened, Lone Tree and south Denver didn't really have a lot of options for locally made craft beer. In the beginning we all said to John, "John, you're nuts," but he said, "I really want to give back. This is a growing community, it's only getting bigger. It's a great place to live and grow up and go to school." Lo and behold, it turned out to be a pretty genius move.

What I love about living in Colorado

I've traveled around a bit for work and pleasure, but no matter where I go I'll always call home in Colorado. Just from a quality of life perspective, how happy people are, sports and recreation. Basically, the only thing we don't have is a beach. The people — there's just a different mentality out here where you're far enough away you don't feel like you're in a city. Craft beer, the people, the quality of life, the activities — there's really no other better place.

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