The Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shoppe & Brewery is a family friendly deli, restaurant, and brewery that was established in April 2018.
The Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shoppe & Brewery is the concept of owner/operator Daniel Appell. Dan was six-years old in 1982 when his father purchased Bangiola’s Sandwich Shoppe and Catering in Parsippany, NJ. Dan started working there immediately, performing every aspect of the business through his graduation from West Virginia University. In 1999, after spending seventeen years growing up in and learning the family business, Dan went on to bartend at Arthur’s Tavern in Morris Plains, NJ and 10th and Willow in Hoboken, NJ. Curious about leaving the retailer side of the Food and Beverage industry for the supplier side, Dan worked for Anheuser-Busch at High Grade Beverage (Randolph, NJ) in a sales capacity before relocating his life to Denver, CO. Since moving to Colorado, Dan has been an member of the Sales, Marketing, Distribution, and Packaging teams at Upslope Brewing Company (Boulder, CO), Wynkoop Brewing Company (Denver, CO), Wonderland Brewing Company (Broomfield, CO), and C Squared Ciders (Denver, CO).
Born and raised in Southern California, Justin‘s love for craft beer truly began during his time at California State University Chico, home of Sierra Nevada Brewing, back in the late 90s. Soon after graduation, he began homebrewing for a handful of years before he finally decided to make the leap to professional brewer and enrolling the UC Davis Master Brewers program.
After a couple internships – including one in Scotland and at Stone brewing – he helped start up a small brewery just outside of Yosemite national park. Then came the move to Colorado where he became the Head Brewer at Mockery Brewing in 2014 and then moved on to Resolute Brewing in 2017 to run the brewing operations there. After taking 18 months off from the industry, Justin is back and ready to bring creative, high quality brews to the wonderful guests of the Grateful Gnome!