Brewery Snapshot: Lone Tree Brewing Co.

One of the many south-suburban breweries, Lone Tree Brewing Co. serves up a wide selection of traditional and unique beers, plus activities like fitness classes (with cool-down beers of course) to the Highlands Ranch crowd.

BEER LINEUP: Lone Tree offers an interesting menu that contains a few standard styles like red, IPA, and lager but mostly offers unusual variants and flavors of beer such as pumpkin, horchata, vanilla-caramel and even a dill IPA (tastier than it sounds – seriously). Traditionalists might not be happy here but if you are into mixing it up with beer flavors than give Lone Tree a taste.

ATMOSPHERE: The spacious taproom opens to the brewing tanks and features woodsy decor and plenty of places to gather with friends including a patio and pet/child-free zone. On a weeknight the quiet atmosphere was only broken by the boot-camp workout taking place in a side room of the facility. Other than the boot-campers the crowd seemed to be a mellow, suburban, older, after-work crowd. I’d expect on a weekend you’ll find more Highlands Ranch families and a different vibe, along with more dogs since Lone Tree is dog-friendly.20180129_163411_hdr.jpg

SERVICE: The bartender was reasonably efficient and friendly but really stood out when it came to beer knowledge. Ask a few questions and you’re liable to get some truly in-depth explanations of each ingredient in each beer, why it’s there, and what it does.

NEIGHBORHOOD: The area has a few small businesses but is a typical light-industrial park packed in close to the highway. You can order out for food or visit the food truck, but unless you decide to do some tipsy-shopping at nearby Furniture Row, Lone Tree is pretty much a destination point. As expected, parking is ample.

20180129_172049_hdr.jpgSTANDOUT BEER: Lone Tree’s Nelson Sauvin Lager is one of the most interesting and complex beers that I’ve encountered in a while. Made with New Zealand hops (thanks informative bartender!) the light-colored and light-bodied beer has a lot going on. The color and body are all pilsner but the flavor serves up white wine crispness and champagne dryness, with only mild hop bitterness, followed by some grassy and mineral undertones.

Beer Of The Week: Lone Tree Mountain Mama Helles

Lone TreeI recently found myself at a friend’s BBQ with Bridgette from Lone Tree Brewing, who thoughtfully brought an assortment of their canned beers – Peach Pale Ale, Hoptree IPA, and Mountain Mama Helles. On that hot afternoon the Helles stood out as a BBQ-friendly, thin-bodied, and sessionable beer at 5.3% ABV. According to Bridgette, Lone Tree uses all-German hops but I still got more floral notes than many Helles’ I’ve tried. No complaints – just setting the expectation if floral hoppiness is or is not your thing. Mountain Mama was refreshing straight from the can, and I got the feeling that it would be even more refreshing in a cold glass straight from the tap, which probably gives me a good excuse to stop by the tasting room some day soon.