Black Sky Brewery is all about the rock! From the hard rock soundtrack, to the Kiss artwork, to the ACDC pinball game, to the warning on the jukebox this place crushes it. The long beer list generally rocks too, with a good variety of well-crafted brews. Best of all, the 5th & Santa Fe location lets you roll it into a bigger experience if you want, combining Black Sky with other breweries, restaurants, art galleries, or all of the above.
BEER LINEUP: Diverse. Black Sky makes a number of traditional styles interspersed with modifications that kick things up a notch like high-gravity imperial versions. Many are cleverly-named such as the Demon seed IPA. They offer additional beers in bombers and for non-beer-drinkers they have a full bar.
ATMOSPHERE: The interior has a hard-core feel – dark, with heavy-metal art and a hard-rock sound track – but also a friendly vibe. Despite the theme the brewery doesn’t fill up with tattooed, leather-clad patrons, but rather an interesting cross-section of metalheads, young professionals, and even families. On the occasional evening that features live rock the crowd becomes more fan-based but still welcoming. Black Sky has a small patio and is one of the few breweries that also serves food, with a focus on delicious pizzas.
SERVICE: Decent. It didn’t seem like the servers were big on chitchat outside of the regulars but anyone coming to the bar with an empty glass didn’t have to wait long for a fillup.
NEIGHBORHOOD: The South Santa Fe neighborhood has been transforming for many years from rundown and vacant to a trendy gallery strip. Today it sits at a crossroads where you can combine a visit to Black Sky with high-end art shopping or a burrito at a hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint. Or, if you want to make a pub crawl out of it Crazy Mountain and Renegade are just blocks away. Overall the area is packed with very diverse business, generally safe despite the grungy look, and offers decent parking so you can either just drop into Black Sky or make a day or evening of it.