Part of the RINO herd of craft breweries, 14er Brewing Company pretty much conforms to the standard plan: industrial space, bunch of IPAs, bar games. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area, but don’t expect anything ground-breaking.
BEER LINEUP: The small-ish tap list consists of four flagship beers and a number of rotating ones, tilted heavily toward IPAs. Virtually all of the non-IPA beers are lighter and many have a fruit component.
ATMOSPHERE: The taproom is divided into several small rooms providing a somewhat cozy feel, although the brick walls and minimal decoration detracts from that a bit. The warehouse/dock serves as a patio of sorts with outdoor bar games like cornhole. Indoor games are available in a lounge area. On the weekend afternoon when we visited the taproom was crowded with what seemed like a neighborhood crowd of hipsters and older couples; no families or kids. With the full house, the hard rock music playing and patrons constantly coming and going the bar felt vibrant and energetic.
SERVICE: The servers were chipper and efficient, and took the time to explain both their core beers and the rotating options. Bar service only.
LOCATION: Situated at 28th & Walnut in an old industrial building, 14er comes with all of the positives and negatives of any RINO brewery. The walkable district offers plenty of options for food, a pub crawl or other entertainment, however parking can occasionally be tricky. Fortunately the area is relatively convenient to public transit, pedicabs, and exploring on foot.
STANDOUT BEER: Rocky Mountain Saison. This 2016 GABF gold medal winner takes a typical saison and puts a Colorado spin on it by adding jalepeños, lime, and cilantro. The clear, yellow appearance aligns with the light flavor of the beer. The Belgian saison yeast and peppers give the beer a spiciness along the line of peppercorns without any jalepeño heat, and the yeast, lime and cilantro add a crispness and dry, refreshing finish.