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!

Weekend Beer Update

It looks to be a jam-packed, beer-filled weekend ahead, with anniversaries, openings, and festivals up and down the Front Range from Greeley to Colorado Springs. With the great weather there’s no excuse to stay home, no matter where in the metro area you live!

Friday 20 – Sunday 22: Kick off a hard-core weekend of wicked-looking beer releases  for Launch Pad Brewery’s third anniversary. In addition to multiple daily releases, Saturday will offer up a pig roast and employee beer showdown, and Sunday features coffee and brunch.

Friday 20: Take a road trip to Boulder for Finkel & Garf Brewing Company’s fourth anniversary party, offering up new beer releases, patio games, and free hot dogs and popsicles.

Friday 20 – Saturday 21: Heading further afield, Wiley Roots Brewing Co. in Greeley celebrates five years with Friday beer releases and a Saturday food truck accompanied by huge patio games (think life-size beer pong). Throughout, the brewery will serve up 18 tap beers and 15 more to go, but you better get there early as kokopelli-beer-logo.jpgall the brews are first-come, first-served.

Saturday 21: Throw on your best Hawaiian shirt and lei to get $1 off your first beer at Kokopelli Beer Company’s  Summer Luau. Specialty tropical beers and drinks will complement Hawaiian pizzas and if you stick around til dusk you can enjoy a beach movie on the patio.

Saturday 21: Get your hop on at Hops & Pie’s Hop Fest on Tennyson Street. The festival features brews from over a dozen breweries, both local and far-flung.

Saturday 21: Also on Tennyson, Call To Arms Brewing will throw a 3rd Anniversary Fun Fest with carnival games, music, and naturally beer releases.

Saturday 21 – Sunday 22: Living the Dream Brewing Company hosts their fourth anniversary Beer Bash with loads of activities including a Saturday cornhole tournament with $700 in prizes.

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Saturday 21: The Stapleton Beer Fest brings over 40 breweries to downtown Stapleton starting at 5 p.m., plus a free concert later in the evening. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 21: Colorado Springs welcomes another brewery to the beer community. Metric Brewing Co. will hold their grand opening starting at noon with a ribbon-cutting, door prizes, and of course brand-spanking-new beers.

Related imageSaturday 21: Celebrate Belgian National Day at River North Brewery! In honor of Belgium’s Independence Day will host a Belgian Beer Celebration with special beer releases and a Belgian-themed food truck.

Saturday 21: Up in Boulder, Twisted Pine Brewing Co. celebrates their 23rd anniversary with beer releases, yard games, and live music.

Sunday 22: The online community of Lets Talk Craft Beer celebrates its 10,000th member with a get-together at Ratio Beerworks for members to meet and chat about their shared interest in beer.