Brewery Snapshot: Twisted Pine Brewing Co.

As one of the older breweries in the metro area at almost 25, Twisted Pine Brewing Co. brings a wealth of award-winning experience to their large tap list. The comfortable and relaxed taproom also serves up great food in addition to their wide variety of tasty beers.

BEER LINEUP: Twisted Pine’s extensive tap list covers the spectrum from light to dark standards and then mixes things up with fruit beers, barrel-aged offerings, various hop additions, and of course their famous chili beers. The taproom wall displays the numerous major awards they have collected over the years and that pedigree comes through clearly in the beers.20181214_130804_HDR.jpg

ATMOSPHERE: As one might expect from the name, the large taproom has lots of wood and a ski lodge feel. On weekends it gets a little more hectic but on weekdays it has a great kick-back-and-chill feel. In the warmer months the front patio adds extra hang-out space. Unlike many Denver-area breweries Twisted Pine has a full kitchen and everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed their food.

SERVICE: Predictably for Boulder, the service is very relaxed in a sort of stoned snowboarder sort of way. It might take an occasional reminder to get someone to 20181214_122312_HDRbring your beer, but the friendliness and warmth of the servers somehow makes that easy to overlook.

NEIGHBORHOOD: The immediate area around Twisted Pine has the characteristics of many brewery neighborhoods – industrial parks and little else except great parking. However a couple blocks west you’ll find various big-box stores and restaurants. In sum, I wouldn’t call it much of a walkable area and I’d classify Twisted Pine as primarily a destination brewery.

STANDOUT BEER(S): Though not for everyone, Billy’s Chilies and it’s hotter companion Ghost Face Killah rock my world. Both beers start with the same light-colored, light-bodied wheat base and Billy’s adds five different peppers for a medium level of heat that allows you to taste the complexity that each pepper brings to the beer. Ghost Face gets the addition of one more – the ghost pepper – which gives it a blazing level of heat that somewhat obscures the subtlety of the other peppers but will warm you up and get you sweating just a bit even on a cold winter day. Handle with care!

Beer of the Week: Copper Kettle Anaheim Chili Lager

ChiliCopper 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”