Business Appreciation Winner: Beer By Design

Vance Saabe and Rick Aggen
New craft brewery is the first in Northglenn and Adams County.

Note: The city is profiling businesses that won awards at the 2013 Northglenn Business Appreciation Breakfast that was held in October.

Vance Saabe, president and head brewmaster of Beer By Design, has been making fine hand-crafted beers from home for over 22 years. He initially ran his own home-brew supply company for five years before selling it a couple years ago.

In that time he learned some of the best beer recipes from other brew masters that frequented the store. With this knowledge, his passion for brewing and industry growth, he knew the timing was perfect to open his own craft brewery. He teamed up with neighbor Rick Aggen, who also enjoyed home-brewing and sharing new recipes.

In June 2013, Vance and Rich opened the first craft brewery not just in Northglenn, but also in Adams County. They have served thousands of people over the last year and are now supplying several local restaurants. They have 16 beers and continue to add more. This includes some seasonal beers such as a Northglenn pumpkin ale and other special brews using fruit and chili infusion technology. For more information, go online to

City of Northglenn
11701 Community Center Drive
Northglenn, CO 80233