Brewery Snapshot: Goat Patch Brewing Co.

20181026_141841_HDRLocated in what appears to be an old school converted into a mashup of businesses, Goat Patch Brewing Co. offers up a solid, standard brewery experience. In my opinion, it’s not a place to necessarily go out of the way for, but if you’re in the area and like beer you won’t come away disappointed.

BEER LINEUP: Goat Patch mostly offers the standards like a blond, a stout and several IPAs but includes a few more creative choices such as a pistachio nut brown and pumpkin porter. All the beers I sampled were decent, though none really jumped out as remarkable.

ATMOSPHERE: We visited in the afternoon and the 20181026_142228_HDRgenerously-sized taproom and ample patio were fairly full but with a relaxed feel. It seemed like a lot of regulars were in to either enjoy the patio or the airy interior. The taproom itself is your basic taproom – industrial with lots of concrete and steel and garage doors opening to the patio – but comfortable enough.

SERVICE: Our server was friendly and efficient and carded everyone with a passion rarely seen at craft breweries. 20181026_141819_hdr.jpg

LOCATION: Goat Patch occupies part of a former school that has been creatively converted to a strip mall to house various businesses in the classrooms and a fitness center in the gym. Though we didn’t eat there, the scandinavian restaurant next door looked tempting. The surrounding neighborhood is a mix of housing and20181026_143414_HDR random businesses, with nothing to particularly draw you except the businesses in Goat Patch’s strip mall. The mall offers loads of free and convenient parking.

STANDOUT BEER: Keeping with the relaxed and basic theme of the taproom, I thought the Red Ale was a comfortable choice to kick back with. The clear amber/brown brew came across very malty and rich without any unnecessary complexity or added flavors.

Style of the Month: English-Style Bitter

With the transition from lighter summer beers to maltier, darker and stronger winter beers, the English-Style Bitter seems to be a good crossover. While lower in alcohol and more sessionable, these beers follow a malt-forward profile. Bitters20171108_162039_hdr.jpg have been a staple of British drinking for years but the style hasn’t really caught on as much in The States. If you haven’t yet tried one it’s worth giving it a shot this month to see if that’s a direction in which you want to expand your beer palate.

On first appearance, bitters will have gold-to-copper color and light-to-medium body. They are in the pale ale family but maltiness is typically the most noticeable flavor, with notes of English hops in the background providing the bitterness. Many people also perceive biscuity, nutty, or toasty flavors. The hops and yeast generally also impart a dryness to the beer, particularly on the finish. Aroma is usually low with possibly a hint of hops. Often these beers are cask-conditioned and thus have a lower carbonation than most beers.

Sometimes you will see the terms ordinary,  best, special, or extra special associated with these beers and that simply indicates the strength of the beer, with the ABV rising as the beers get more “special”.


Weekend Beer Update

The post Halloween weekend serves up a few final thrills and chills, along with a whole bunch of anniversaries. In addition, Saturday is Learn to Homebrew Day and many local homebrew supply stores are offering free classes and other events if you want to take your beer love to the next level! Check out places like The Brew Hut, Broadway Brew Supply, CO-Brew, and many others for information and instruction.

Friday 2: Connect with the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos at Dos Luces Brewery with face painting, sugar skull painting, candy and other treats.

Saturday 3: In what’s probably the first event of the its kind this season, Avery Brewing Co.’s Ugly Sweater Party runs all day, and anyone wearing an ugly sweater gets a free pint of Old Jubilation.20161203_160811_HDR

Saturday 3: Head to RINO for Mockery Brewing’s fourth anniversary with block party offering up live music, special tappings, screen printing and food trucks.

Saturday 3: If downtown is more your game, Jagged Mountain Brewery makes it five years with a special anniversary beer – Belgian Quintuple aged on oak – along with six other beer tappings.

Saturday 3: The longest-tenured brewery to hold an anniversary this weekend is Upslope Brewing Company in Boulder, which makes it a nice round ten. The party will spill out into the back parking lot with over 40 beers on tap, live music, food, games and even a cheese and beer-pairing Happy Hour (ticket event).

FictionSaturday 3: Fiction Beer Company will help ease the transition from Daylight Saving Time with Descent Into Darkness, which taps nine dark beers for you to cozy up with on the long, dark nights.

Saturday 3: Estes Park gets into the time change in its own way with the Fall Back Beer Fest, offering up samples of over 100 beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages along with music, food trucks and vendors. Chat with brewers, learn about homebrewing or even walk away with one of the prizes being offered. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 4: Regardless of what goes on in the stadium, you can still find happiness before next Sunday’s game on the Broncos Beer Bus which starts at WestFax Brewing Company at 11 a.m. and then stops at Joyride Brewing Company,20180621_172209_HDR Oasis Brewery and Zuni Street Brewing Co. before reaching Mile High and looping back to the start. The free bus runs hourly starting three hours before the game so you can even make a couple of loops if you think the game will be particularly painful.

Sunday 4: As usual, the first weekend of the month brings a number of cultural events and Alpine Dog Brewery will host Sunday Night Culture Club with beverages and the photography of Zachary Wilson.