For non-German speakers, Grossen Bart translates to “Big Beard” and Grossen Bart Brewery carries that theme through their entire operation, from the taproom decor to the glassware and the website to the beer names. Fortunately they didn’t spend all their time and effort on marketing and conceptualizing. The overall impression of the taproom is a utilitarian but comfortable space with friendly service and solid beers. While that wouldn’t necessarily justify a special trip from Denver, Grossen Bart makes for a pleasant stop if you live in the Longmont area or happen to pass through.
BEER LINEUP: Despite the name, Grossen Bart is not a German-focused brewery and the tap list covers the spectrum of typical styles where you’ll find a kolsch, some ambers, and an IPA, along with several dark beers and even a barley wine. Unlike many breweries, Grossen Bart seems to avoid trend-chasing and I saw no sours, fruit beers, or hazy IPAs. Overall, our group enjoyed all of the solidly-made beers.
ATMOSPHERE: The taproom decor is kind of a mashup between industrial, rustic, and funky, with one wall given over to technicolor cartoons. Unfortunately rain prevented us from checking out either of the attractive-looking outdoor patios, but the spacious taproom allowed plenty of space to spread out. The general feel was relaxed and friendly.
SERVICE: Our server was friendly, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the beers. We really appreciated her help, as several of the beers have beard-related names without any description of the beer style.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Grossen Bart is tucked away at the end of a parking lot deep in an industrial park (look for the brewery sandwich board on the street). There’s not really a lot going on in the area except for lots of parking.
STANDOUT BEER: Mullet. This copper-colored, slightly-hazy beer is difficult to categorize but very pleasant to drink. What stood out most was the enjoyable balance between the maltiness of the lager base and the noticeable but not overwhelming addition of hops. The low carbonation and medium body also contribute to making this an easy-drinking beer.