Inventors owner moves back to Colorado

Draeger says wife’s job promotion calls him away from duties at brewpub in Port, but he will maintain ownership, visit monthly

INVENTORS BREWPUB owner Adam Draeger (right) recently moved to Colorado after his wife earned a job promotion. Draeger said he will visit the city frequently to check in on operations, which will be managed by minority owner Cameron Huck (left). Photo by Sam Arendt
Ozaukee Press staff


Inventors Brewpub owner Adam Draeger recently moved back to Colorado, but patrons should have no fear that their local brewery will close because he will maintain ownership and continue to oversee business operations.

“We’re in a transitional period,” Draeger said. “The way I describe it to people is the airplane wants to land at the airport but it’s going to keep circling until it runs out of gas.”

Draeger and his family left Port Washington Saturday and arrived in Aurora City, Colo., on Sunday, Aug. 4.

Coincidentally, they arrived on the same date they moved from Denver to Port Washington in 2016 and also the same day Draeger held a soft opening for the brewpub at 435 N. Lake St. in 2017.

Draeger said the move occurred because his wife, Erin, was promoted to an engineering manager at Raytheon, a U.S. defense contractor and industrial corporation that specializes in weapons and military and commercial electronics.

She previously worked remotely for the Denver-based company out of their family home in Port. Draeger said the promotion was an opportunity too good to pass up.

Draeger said he will visit the area once a month to check in on the business, which will be managed by Cameron Huck, who is a minority owner of Inventors.

Although he won’t be around as often as he would like to be, Draeger said he still has his sights set on expanding his brewing capacity, which is currently a one-barrel system that produces two full-size kegs at a time.

“We still have dreams to grow it to a 10-barrel (brewery), but that will probably have to happen at a second location,” he said.

Draeger said an ideal second location would be in Port and at least 10 miles away from his current establishment, so the brewpubs wouldn’t be in direct competition with each other.

He said it’s not economically feasible to house a 10-barrel system at the current spot.

Draeger said Inventors has come a long way since it officially opened on Sept. 1, 2017. At the time, he couldn’t afford to hire employees so Draeger worked 80-hour weeks. Since then, he has hired help and made his business a staple for community events.

“We don’t want people to think we swooped in to start a business and leave. Our intention the entire time was to raise a family and have a business for a long time. You have to react to life,” he said.

“We invested deep roots (in the community) and to pick up and move is bitter sweet.”



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