Brewery Snapshot: Spangalang Brewery

Located in the heart of the quickly-developing Five Points neighborhood, Spangalang Brewery brings some unique beers to the area. The transitional location also seems to provide a far different experience on each visit. Sometimes I’ve seen it packed with RINO hipsters, other times with Happy Hour downtown office workers, and other times . . . very, very dead. Point being, there’s not really a “typical” experience to expect, aside from interesting beers.

BEER LINEUP: At first glance Spangalang’s tap list 20181207_174103_HDRlooks fairly standard – a few light beers, a couple IPAs and some darks – but if you dig in you’ll realize that Spangalang takes creative license with most of those beers to add fruitiness, sourness, unusual hop applications or some combination of those. As a result, most of the beers are complex and somewhat challenging “thinker beers” such as their Salted Plum Table Beer. Like most breweries that push the envelope, sometimes it results in something magical and sometimes it falls flat. Definitely sample before ordering a full pour.

ATMOSPHERE: On a recent Friday night Spangalang was kind of dead and the atmosphere felt rather flat, although on other visits the taproom has been packed with after-work downtown professionals, RINO hipsters or a random mix and felt very energetic. Coming off a long work week we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere in the basic taproom that offers a view into the brewing area.20181207_173640_hdr.jpg

SERVICE: The server was fast & friendly and seemed knowledgeable about the beer. Bar service only.

NEIGHBORHOOD: The rapidly-revitalizing Five Points neighborhood serves up numerous options for eating, shopping and entertainment that you can combine with a visit to Spangalang. Although in the past the area was rather sketchy it now feels safe walking around and provides good transportation access including street parking, an adjacent parking lot accessed off of 27th Street, a light rail stop in front of the 20181207_173738_hdr.jpgbrewery and bike lanes within a couple of blocks.

STANDOUT BEER: Prince Puckercup tart farmhouse ale. While it sounds like much could go wrong with this beer, Spangalang managed to create a light-bodied beer with a mild crisp tartness balanced by traditional farmhouse flavors. The genius of the creation is that neither flavor overwhelms, making for an easily-enjoyable brew. The heavy cloudiness was a bit disconcerting but didn’t really detract from the experience.

Weekend Beer Update

It looks like a rather slow weekend on the beer-events calendar but there are a few things to keep you busy. Sunday looks to have decent weather so checking out one of the many patio-equipped breweries could be an option.

Friday 13th – Sunday 15th: Hopefully the unlucky start date won’t weigh down Spangalang Brewery’s 3rd anniversary party. Join the crowd at the Five Points location to help celebrate, and if the weather’s nice you can piece together a nice RINO-area brewery walking tour.

Saturday 14th: The north suburbs gain another brewery with the grand opening of Primitive Beer in Longmont. The brewery produces spontaneous, barrel-fermented  beers using only Colorado ingredients for a funky local flavor.

Baer Bar
Baere Bar

Saturday 14th: Go highbrow with a book signing at Baere Brewing Co. Dustin Hall will sign his book of Colorado craft brewery photos called Discovering Colorado Breweries from 3-5, and of course Baere will serve their tasty beer all day if you want to linger.