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Dauntless Brewery ditches Texan brewery laws for Colorado craft culture 

When 30-year-olds Robert Beaird and Ross Miller decided to start Dauntless Brewing, where to launch it was a big question. When we speak, Beaird’s still living in Dallas, Texas, but he and Miller ruled out their home state early on in the process due to its craft-unfriendly laws.

“If I was in Dallas, and if I wanted to sell my beer in my brewery, I would have to sell to a distributor, then buy it back to sell it in my building,” Beaird explains. “There’s a lot of special interest groups that influence [the] legislature here that aren’t friendly to small breweries.”

So after a nationwide search, they settled on the Springs, citing its relatively small number of breweries (compared to Denver, at least) and Beaird’s familiarity with the city from regular vacations. The fact that Gov. John Hickenlooper’s a co-founder of Wynkoop Brewing certainly doesn’t hurt, either.

Beaird’s been a pro brewer for three years, having worked at Grapevine Craft Brewery. He and Miller, lifelong friends and both former bartenders, started fiddling with the idea that became Dauntless in 2016. They were looking at it as a longer-term project, but when Beaird’s parents found out, they started talking it up, and conversations turned into investors and a real business plan.

Currently, Beaird’s finalizing a location on Tejon Street for Dauntless. They hope to start renovations in May, with a very tentative fourth quarter 2018 opening. In addition to a few accessible brews, they intend to focus on bigger, more aggressive styles, like double IPAs, imperial stouts and funky sours.

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