While barley is highly regarded in the world of beer, corn is often disregarded as a brewing grain and even, at times, treated with disdain. However, the history of brewing with corn goes back at least as far as that for barley, and is rooted right here in the Western Hemisphere. At Dos Luces Brewery, we have explored the history behind some of the many styles of beer traditionally brewed with corn, and have embraced corn as our core grain. The “Dos” Luces (Two Lights) represent our two core types of beer, a corn-based Chicha and a corn and maguey-based Pulque.
Dos Luces. The sun and the moon. Inti and Metztli. Chicha and Pulque. We chose the name Dos Luces because it represents the duality of light – While you might be tempted to imagine this as light and darkness, we prefer to consider the bright light of day in contrast to the brightest beacon of light at night. Call it divine inspiration or simply the accumulation of ideas within two swirling brains, Dos Luces represents the idea that there is always light when you look for it.
Judd Belstock, the owner and founder, has been in the beer industry since he was 23 years old. His interest in Chicha and Pulque began years before he was born, when his father spent time in the mountains of Peru, working with the Peace Corps around Cuzco. After childhood trips to various regions in Mexico, as well as rooted interest in the history of the Americas before the Conquistadors, Judd went onto a business career selling and marketing beer. That’s where he met Sam Alcaine, and eventually started asking the question, “What if we fermented something other than barley?”
Sam Alcaine, Co-founder, brewed his first beer in college, and has been hooked on fermentation ever since. Son of El Salvadoran and Cuban immigrants, he has always loved studying the unique fermented foods and beverages of the Americas. Sam has been a brewer, food microbiologist, and now is a professor of fermentations. Over the years he’s scoured the States for Pulque, malted corn in his apartment, and encouraged everyone to drink these bubbling brews. He and Judd met many moons ago, and now the sun has risen on the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of rich traditions and ferment something different.
We are very proud to be located on Denver’s Historic South Broadway. What used to be a street filled with antique stores and car dealerships is now turning into a thoroughfare filled with restaurants, breweries, recreational marijuana shops, coffee roasters, and doggie day-cares. Our own location was originally used as a sales room for a supplier of instruments for school bands, and later became an antique store. As the street has changed over the decades, and continues to change, Dos Luces looks forward to being a part of its future. We are very happy to be on the same block as food and beverage innovators like Black Project Spontaneous and Wild Ales, Adelitas Cocina y Cantina, La Doña Mezcaleria, and Maria Empanada. Within just a few blocks, you can also find Grandma’s House Brewery, La Chiva Columbian restaurant, Somebody People, Cluck Chicken, Capital Tea, and Azucar Peruvian Bakery. We can’t wait to see what comes next!
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