Business of the Month – The Dean West


by Tara Sharp, Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce

I had the divine pleasure of interviewing Jon Harvey for October 2019 Business Of The Month. As soon as you walk into the Dean West you know you are in for a treat. The atmosphere and friendly faces that greet you are unmatched. While speaking to Jon about how The Dean West came into conception, Jon spoke of how at the time he was the General Manager for The Dean Public House in Hot Sulphur. Rick the owner of Grand Adventures Brewery had approached him about possibly taking over the restaurant part of Grand Adventures Brewery. Jon happily accepted as he knew that Kremmling was on the brink of a big boom. The Dean West, Grand Adventure Brewery and Blue Valley Distillery is the first and only Brewstillery in CO. How exciting is it that Kremmling has this bragging right?
hen I asked Jon to tell me about how long he has lived in Grand County, he explained that has permanently lived in Grand County for 3 years, Jon was raised by his parents Tim and Connie Harvey owners of The Dean Public House and Co-owner of The Dean West. Jon grew up in Denver, however, he spent much of his youth at his parents and grandparents cabin in Grand County so he was already very familiar with all the amazing things this county has to offer.

I had asked Jon to tell me about some services that The Dean West offers aside for amazing food and spirits. Jon told me that on the 3rd Thursday of each month they chose a nonprofit to support and a percentage of their profits go to that nonprofit. Jon encouraged local nonprofits to get in touch with him about being the chosen nonprofit for these 3rd Thursday. I was so excited to hear about this – it is such a great way of businesses helping to support other businesses in the community. Jon, Tim, and Connie are big advocates of supporting the community.

The next big endeavor is that the distillery part of this awesome establishment is already creating the most amazing vodka, gin, and moonshine. As I was walking around looking at these giant pieces of equipment they patiently tried to explain to me the process of creating these delicious spirits. I was nothing short of amazed.

The Dean West will be switching over to their winter menu shortly which will also include new winter drinks. They offer a daily special that is written on their board. Also, make sure to ask your server about their secret food menu, there are some delicious menu items that are on the secret menu available to locals.

My favorite question to ask when doing the Business Of The Month interviews is what is their favorite thing about doing business in Kremmling? Jon without hesitation said it was the people, that was no surprise to me as we have the most amazing people in this community.

If you want to find Jon when he is not working, you can find him fishing, taking the boat out or on a local disc golf course.

If you haven’t already gone to check out The Dean West, you definitely should get over there. You will not be disappointed.

On behalf of the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank you for being an outstanding business in our community!