Helping to end the long drought of craft beer in the DTC area, Resolute Brewing Company will hold their Grand Opening this Friday August 19 from 11am. Resolute is located near I25 & Arapahoe and joins Halfpenny Brewing in serving the Arapahoe Road corridor of DTC.
Going to Grandma’s House is kind of like stepping onto the set for an over-the-top old lady place in a tv sitcom. There are an awful lot of (tacky) knicknaks to look at and some serious throwback furniture. But of course we didn’t come for the decor – there’s already plenty of tacky at “antique” stores on that stretch of Broadway. We came for the beer. The first one I tried was the Gringanzo Vienna-Style Lager. It was a fair, if not excellent, version of a Vienna lager with a good copper color, some malty flavor, and a touch of hop bitterness. In my opinion it could have used a bit more malt to give it a stronger and more distinct flavor profile but in general it’s a pleasant and sessionable beer.
Copper Kettle’s Anaheim Chili Lager truly is a “Beer of the Week” as it’s part of their Wednesday night cask series. While it was probably gone before the night was out, the good news is that every Wednesday in August has a new chili-themed release. Based on this beer, Wednesday moved up in my favorite-day-of-the week ranking.
The Anaheim Chili Lager appeared to use a base of Vienna Lager – darker and maltier than the typical Mexican Lager in many chili beers. However it also came with a solid chili bite. The chili was well-applied and avoided the awful green-pepper, vegetal flavor in some chili beers while not going to the melt-your-face-hot zone. Between the sweet & malty Vienna Lager and the moderate chili bite the beer had a great balance. You could easily drink more than one. Continue reading “Beer of the Week: Copper Kettle Anaheim Chili Lager”
After the upheaval and ouster of the brewer and Coda name and I was curious to see how things are shaping up at the rechristened Ursula Brewery. I’m happy to report that the beer menu seems to have increased, with the same focus on traditional styles complemented with experimental beers, many utilizing fruit in some fashion. The Scary Stories Porter, though not fruity, stood out with its heavy roasted malt flavors and a significant cholocolate component. The roasted malt even imparted somewhat of a coffee flavor. Definitely a big beer, made bigger by the 8.8% ABV – have too many of those that close to E Colfax and one can only imagine the types of scary stories that could ensue!
Perhaps a C470 trail brewery bike tour on a 99-degree day wasn’t the wisest move. The trail is hot and exposed and has a couple of decent hills, although overall the ride isn’t that long – approx 7.5 miles. I’d recommend it as a good fall ride. Regardless, everyone survived and perhaps enjoyed the cold beers even more.
Our meeting point was Lone Tree Brewing across from Furniture Row right off C470 (exit Quebec and head east if driving). Their style is mostly what I’d call Colorado Brewery In A Box – taproom with lots of wood, exposed brew systems, patio. The key differences are the merch, which is definitely Highlands Ranch oriented (branded soaps and coasters), and the very-thoughtful “adults-only” section. I thought that was a nice and unique feature for people who may want a more peaceful drinking experience. As far as the beers, almost any beer-drinker, no matter how picky, will find something to his or her taste. Expect every major style to be represented along with more adventurous offerings like their Peach Pale Ale and a Dill Rye IPA. That’s not a typo Dill . . . Rye . . . IPA. Continue reading “Highlands Ranch Ride”
Although it’s an Indian/Nelpalese restaurant, Yak and Yeti’s Don’ Talk Bock is all German bock goodness. Bock is probably my favorite beer style and this nailed everything I like about it – perfect color, slightly thick with a full texture, and of course all the malty greatness that comes with a bock, plus just a hint of sweetness. It’s a seasonal so I’d recommend trying it sooner rather than later. Also, the food’s pretty darn good too. They have Indian standards like tandoori, saag, and curries along with a number of dishes I haven’t seen before and can only assume reflect the Nepalese influence. Some hot, some not.