Bristol is in a beautiful 100-year-old schoolhouse that houses boutique shops and eateries. Inside is hardwood and brick and outside is a wonderful patio – either one a great place to kill a couple hours. They have wide distribution in Denver so I tried to stick to the beers I hadn’t seen before. Most everything was tasty, but for me the standouts were the Mass Transit and the Kolsch. Mass Transit was a great balance between hops and malt, with the malt having a slight edge while the Kolsch had amazing crispness and German hop bite that seemed to go best with a 90-degree day.
On to Cogstone Brewing– probably the most fun of our stops. Don’t be put off by the dreary strip mall – the beers inside are great and the service is outstanding. Both of the owners/brewers stopped by the table to check in on us and how we like their beer. They pretty much do it all – pouring, serving, cooking, and everything else. We tried a flight that included every beer and there were some standouts, along with some that needed a bit of work but I’m willing to cut them some slack since they’ve only been open 5 months. Must-try beers include the Cucumber Cream (light and fresh with heavy cucumber flavor), and the Coconut Brown (made with toasted coconut and also pretty heavy on the flavor so you better like coconut). My favorite was the Belgian Blonde – definitely more Belgian than blonde with a good intensity of flavor and a malty/yeasty combination. My friends tried the food and said the duck fat fries were good and the Burrata (mozzerella ball with cream to spread on crusty bread) was fantastic.