Brewery Snaphot: Cerebral Brewing

One of the numerous breweries sprinkled along East Colfax, Cerebral Brewing isn’t content to just let nature take its course but instead uses a scientific approach to brewing in order to create exactly the beers they envision. Based on the beer lineup, the brewers mainly have visions of IPAs and other hoppy creations while they dream, which are served up in a hipster-friendly taproom with a large patio.

BEER LINEUP: Most of what’s on tap tilts toward hoppy including lots of IPAs and hoppy versions of other beer styles. You will also usually find a sour or brett, along with one or two darker/high-gravity offerings. Cerebral offers a large can and bomber selection that branches out a little further into darker styles, collaborations, and other exotic creations.

ATMOSPHERE: Even though it’s in an older building the taproom has a relatively modern feel to it and contains a number of long communal tables with built-in display boxes for various  beer ingredients, along with a small bar and a few other individual tables. The taproom opens to the brewery to display the brewing equipment and barrels, and there’s a generous patio out front.  On a Friday evening the taproom was high-energy and loud, but I’ve also visited on weekend afternoons that have a much more lazy and relaxed feel. The place was somewhat of a hipster haven and seems to have a relatively upscale, younger neighborhood crowd.20190308_192833_HDR

SERVICE: We received rather hit or miss service, likely because we visited on a busy Friday night. The bartenders were hustling and reasonably friendly, but with everyone packed in around the small bar there was a certain level of disorganization and getting a beer could take a while.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Near East Colfax and Monroe Street, Cerebral shares the area with a whole host of restaurants, bars, shops, tattoo parlors, and other interesting businesses. The Bluebird Theater is just a block away, which can make parking a bit of a challenge particularly on concert nights. Be careful, as much of the street parking is permitted although Cerebral does have a small lot. Given the Colfax location, public transit or ride-sharing are both viable options.20190308_194342_HDR

STANDOUT BEER: International Waters Pils. This light-yellow, light-bodied beer offers up everything that’s good about pilsners: crisp, hoppy, refreshing. While not overly complex, International Waters makes for a pleasant, easy-drinking beer that can also be somewhat of a palate-cleanser between some of Cerebral’s hoppier creations. 

 

Colfax to Santa Fe Ride

This short ride starts off at Seedstock on West Colfax Avenue, then meanders through the Platte River Valley before ending up at a couple breweries in the Santa Fe Arts District with a stop at StrangeCraft on the way back.

Our starting point, Seedstock Brewery, sits on an interesting section of West Colfax Avenue with a wide variety of businesses and a diverse crowd. The brewery itself offers plenty of bike parking and large patio on which to enjoy their malty, Bohemian-style beers. They also offer a cozy taproom that opens to the brewery, and generally have a couple of other styles for different tastes than Bohemian. The real highlight on every visit has been the service; fast, friendly and engaging.

Leaving Seedstock, we headed south and west through the neighborhoods to 13th Street and Knox Court to pick up the Lakewood Gulch Trail in Paco Sanchez Park. From there we rode to the Platte River Trail, took a right and then a quick left on 13th Street. After passing under I-25 and crossing over several sets of railroad tracks we turned right on Mariposa Street and headed to 9th, then cut up the back alley to Intrepid Sojourner. There are other, shorter routes on the west side of the highway that involve more street riding, and with the grid street system east of I-25 there are countless alternative routes once you turn off of 13th so you can truly mix & match.

Intrepid Sojourner SignAs usual, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project offered up a selection of familiar beer styles, rare foreign recipes, and beers with unique and savory ingredients. Drinking at Intrepid Sojourner is always an adventure. The international-themed taproom stocks travel literature and artifacts from around the world, and on the day we visited had a pop-up craft fair in the small parking lot. The brewery has plenty of seating in the taproom along with a small patio. The only knock is that the service was very hit-or-miss. Continue reading “Colfax to Santa Fe Ride”

Brewery Snapshot: Fiction Beer Company

20170329_174930_HDRATMOSPHERE: Keeping up the theme, a huge and well-stocked bookcase stands as the centerpiece in the otherwise sleek and modern industrial-looking taproom. Additionally, Fiction supplies a few comfy couches and a large patio for your reading pleasure in all seasons. Finally, they typically have food trucks, which is helpful since the neighborhood seems thin on restaurants. Overall, Fiction creates a comfortable space to quietly hang out or drink it up with friends.

Lost Highway Brewing Hits The Road

Lost HighwayColfax’s loss will be DTC’s gain, as Lost Highway Brewing closed their E Colfax location yesterday with bands and beer specials, after the owners sold the building and also closed their restaurant franchise Cheeky Monk. The upside for folks in the DTC area is that Lost Highway staff says they expect to open near Arapahoe and Peoria (12741 E Caley Ave) in just three to four weeks. Never fear, though, if you find yourself thirsty and wandering the Cap Hill area of Colfax, as Alpine Dog Brewery is just down the street at Colfax and Ogden.

Beer Of The Week: Fiction Beer Company Logic Is Relative

fiction-ne-ipaFiction Beer Company  lists Logic Is Relative as a New England IPA, which differs from the more typical West Coast IPAs with lower floral characteristics and less bitterness. It still contains the hops bitterness one expects from an IPA – just a little more balanced and nuanced. The aroma offers a hint of citrus, which carries forward to the taste. The citrus flavor leans toward the sweeter side – think of oranges rather than grapefruit – without being actually sweet. Logic Is Relative has the typical body and color of an IPA, but with significant haziness. I found this beer to be a refreshing pause between super-hopped IPAs, and it would also likely work as a transition beer between very hoppy IPAs and other beers, or vice versa.

Beer Of The Week: Alpine Dog Ski Naked

20161012_194509_hdrWhen my friends suggested meeting at Alpine Dog Brewery I was a bit skeptical, as past visits have been extremely average. However I went along with the plan and it seems like Alpine Dog has upped their game. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself sipping several tasty beers, including their Belgian farmhouse ale Ski Naked. It had all the trademarks of my favorite Belgian farmhouses – beautiful slightly-cloudy golden color with a bready, earthy, dry, and mildly straw-like flavor. Basically when I think “farmhouse” this is pretty much what I have in mind. One thing I found particularly interesting is that it tastes like a truly high-alcohol golden but only clocks in at 6.7%. Maybe not sessionable, but you can definitely get seconds!

Beer Of The Week: Ursula Brewery Scary Stories Porter

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!

Ursula Taps
Presumably the name came from the location on Ursula St. but they’ve seen to have embraced an Under the Sea theme