Brewery Snapshot: Goat Patch Brewing Co.

20181026_141841_HDRLocated in what appears to be an old school converted into a mashup of businesses, Goat Patch Brewing Co. offers up a solid, standard brewery experience. In my opinion, it’s not a place to necessarily go out of the way for, but if you’re in the area and like beer you won’t come away disappointed.

BEER LINEUP: Goat Patch mostly offers the standards like a blond, a stout and several IPAs but includes a few more creative choices such as a pistachio nut brown and pumpkin porter. All the beers I sampled were decent, though none really jumped out as remarkable.

ATMOSPHERE: We visited in the afternoon and the 20181026_142228_HDRgenerously-sized taproom and ample patio were fairly full but with a relaxed feel. It seemed like a lot of regulars were in to either enjoy the patio or the airy interior. The taproom itself is your basic taproom – industrial with lots of concrete and steel and garage doors opening to the patio – but comfortable enough.

SERVICE: Our server was friendly and efficient and carded everyone with a passion rarely seen at craft breweries. 20181026_141819_hdr.jpg

LOCATION: Goat Patch occupies part of a former school that has been creatively converted to a strip mall to house various businesses in the classrooms and a fitness center in the gym. Though we didn’t eat there, the scandinavian restaurant next door looked tempting. The surrounding neighborhood is a mix of housing and20181026_143414_HDR random businesses, with nothing to particularly draw you except the businesses in Goat Patch’s strip mall. The mall offers loads of free and convenient parking.

STANDOUT BEER: Keeping with the relaxed and basic theme of the taproom, I thought the Red Ale was a comfortable choice to kick back with. The clear amber/brown brew came across very malty and rich without any unnecessary complexity or added flavors.

Patio Weather in the Springs

The patio-drinking season is winding down so a friend and I decided to take a trip to Colorado Springs for a short hike and a few patio beers.

After a morning hike we stopped at Cerberus Brewing Company 20181026_125401_hdr.jpgto enjoy their expansive patio/beer garden and some lunch. Cerberus serves up what I’d call “gourmet pub food”, which seems like overkill for a brewery, but was certainly tasty. They specialize in smoked brisket and our hunger was piqued when we smelled the smoker as we pulled into the parking lot. As far as the beer, my friend went light and I went dark and we both enjoyed all of the beers that we tried. They offer a varied selection for all tastes and exceptionally friendly and efficient servers. The overall atmosphere definitely encourages lingering, chilling, eating and drinking – especially on a warm sunny day.

From there we headed 10 minutes through downtown Colorado Springs to Goat Patch Brewing Co., which looks like a dated strip mall from the outside but inside is an old 20181026_142228_HDRschoolhouse converted to retail with businesses in the old classrooms and gym. The taproom offers up the standard craft-brewery experience; light-industrial design, garage doors opening to a patio, and a handful of beers that stay reasonably true to style and cover the full spectrum. The brewery offers up a pleasant experience but nothing about it would make me go out of my way to visit. In the context of this little tour, it’s a fine drop-in between Cerberus or Atrevida but you could easily substitute one of the other downtown breweries and not miss out on anything.

Our last stop in The Springs was Atrevida Beer Co., which was  a spur-of-the-moment choice but a fortuitous one. Located in a depressing-looking industrial park/strip mall, the exterior did not inspire confidence. However the indoor Mexican-themed taproom felt warm and cozy, enough so that we didn’t even bother with the small front patio. The 20181026_154621_hdr.jpgbeers mostly focused on traditional styles with interesting additions such as the Fresas con Crema strawberry cream ale and Boriqua Belgian blonde with pineapple and citrus. Based on all the brews we sampled, Atrevida has that approach dialed-in. We greatly enjoyed the creative beers, the friendly server, and checking out the tiny production units that make these small-batch creations.

Finally it was time to head back to Denver but not without a mid-way refreshment stop in Castle Rock at Wild Blue Yonder Brewing Co., which had just held their grand opening the previous day. We expected a quiet environment20181026_173437_hdr.jpg to wind down our day but it seems like the place has already become the go-to stop for Friday Happy Hour. The trendy-industrial taproom, front patio, and huge beer garden were packed and buzzing with energy. Although I didn’t try any of their food, the two beers I enjoyed while playing cornhole outdoors were absolutely fantastic. It often seems to take time for a brewery to settle into  their recipes and equipment but Wild Blue Yonder appears to have hit the ground running. It’s definitely worth the short drive from Denver.

From there it was back to the city and on to other Friday night Halloween-ish fun. Despite the fact that we packed in a drive, a hike and four breweries this day trip didn’t seem at all rushed and would also make a great weekend excursion. And if hiking isn’t your thing, Colorado Springs offers up a bunch more breweries that could give you an early start! Note: The earliest-opening brewery we found was 11 a.m.

Route Map and Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/bsQRzWDRyFQ2

 

Weekend Beer Update

Take your pick of events this Saturday, from music festivals to biking and Halloween to facial hair. Sadly the rest of the weekend is rather bare, or perhaps a good excuse to hit the local craft brewery for a quiet one.

Friday 27 – Sunday 29: This year Sesh Fest and the Underground Music Showcase have teamed up for a weekend-long beer and music event. Kick back with low ABV pours from over a dozen breweries and enjoy some great banded-oak-exterior-2.jpgmusic at various venues and stages along broadway. Two breweries are even hosting events – Baere Brewing Company and Banded Oak Brewing! Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 28: The rubber hits the road again this month at the West Side Brewery Bike Loop circling between Westfax Brewing Company, Joyride Brewing Company, Hogshead Brewery, and Seedstock Brewery. Pick up a punch card at any of the stops for $1 off a beer at each brewery and when you complete the loop you get a free future beer. This month has a beach theme so dress accordingly!

Saturday 28: Dig out last year’s costume or create a new one for Ursula Brewery’s Halloween in July. Ursula will have individual and group costume contests, candy,  Image result for free public halloween clip artHalloween crafts, and even themed games. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious you can even bring a carved pumpkin for the jack ‘o lantern contest.

Saturday 28: Beer, Bacon, and Bluegrass take the stage on Black Shirt Brewing Co.’s back patio. No ticket necessary, just show up after 2 p.m.to eat, drink, and enjoy!

Saturday 28: Why beat around the bush with a fancy name? Thirstyfest says it all as they bring over 15 breweries to the McNichols Building in Civic Center along with entertainment and food. Festivities start bright and early at 11 a.m. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 28: The final entry on the festival list pulls together IPAs from seven breweries at West End Tavern’s JUL-IPA in Boulder. From noon to 3 p.m. they’ll have beer and bourbon tasting, food, music, and an auction of beer-related merchandise. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 28: Down in The Springs Goat Patch Brewing Co. celebrates one year with special releases, raffles, merchandise, and food trucks.

Saturday 28: Up in Longmont, Grossen Art Brewery celebrates all forms of facial hair with the Mane Event. In addition to the 6 p.m. beard competition, they’ll have music, raffles, bar games, and food all day. Note: There is a cover for this event.