Donum Dei is Latin for “gift of God.” Before the discovery of yeast, brewers considered a successful batch of beer a gift of God for two reasons: brewing made the water potable and alcohol and hops preserved the grain in the form of beer.
As any home brewer, we had pipe dreams of one day starting a brewery. When we decided to part ways with Rick’s job, the decision was made not to work for someone else. We researched many possibilities for starting our own business. The phrase “do what you love and you will never work another day” sounded appealing. So early in 2013 the planning and research phase of the project began. Rick became a certified Doemens Beer Sommelier, one of fewer than 20 in the United States. We began buying and assembling equipment and looking for a location.
We signed a lease on a closed café in September 2013 and began demolition and construction, thinking we could move in and start brewery construction immediately. However, state requirements added months of delay and cost overruns. Over the next few months we completed 95% of the construction ourselves. Rick and I then went to Colorado to learn the nuts and bolts of running a brewery.
We opened on St. Patrick’s Day 2015 and business has grown to the point where we can start selling to restaurants. We hope to grow this business and leave it to our children and grandchildren. We also want to help support friends that are missionaries in Africa and be able to be generous to the community that supports us.