Greg Dawson, co-owner and head brewer


Greg's love affair with beer reached new heights nearly 10 years ago when he brewed his first batch on the stove-top of his small Korean apartment. After 11 years living in Seoul, he joined Kent in Denver in 2013 to start-up Briar Common. As a Certified Cicerone® and a BJCP judge, Greg continues to learn and love everything about our favorite beverage.

Kent Dawson, co-owner and head of operations​


​​As Garrett Oliver suggested, getting into Craft Brewing "is a story of a diverted life plan". After more than a decade of starting-up and operating hospice, home care and multi-unit therapy clinics, Kent chose to follow his longtime dream of opening a Brewpub with his brothers.

Briar Common Brewery + Eatery   ~   2298 Clay St. Denver CO 80211  ~  720.512.3894

Kent and Greg

We've been infatuated with craft beer since the early 1990’s. After Kent brewed his first batch of homebrew in 1993, the seed was planted that is now Briar Common. In 2013 we made the commitment to follow our dream of starting a family business, creating something we all were incredibly passionate about.

Family farm in Oregon.

What does "Briar Common" mean? We grew up surrounded by berry farms outside of Portland Oregon. Wild vines grew in huge brambles along the side of the road, pruned only by passing cars. The name represents our common connection to those briar patches

we traversed together.