I was doing some research on a company who produces an important ingredient in the making of beer. And, I thought, what better way to learn about the ingredient than doing research at some of our local craft breweries in the Denver area. All in the name of research, of course!
As I write this, we’re in the midst of a late-season snow. We’re usually done with snow by Mother’s Day. This year, it came a week after Mother’s Day.
The other day, I went out on my adventure. My first stop was downtown, at Great Divide Brewing Company at 2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205. https://greatdivide.com/
I had a glass of the Heyday IPA (5.4% ABV 45 IBU). I don’t consider myself a beer connoisseur. I know what I like and I can’t really describe it, with all the fancy words, like the experts do. What I can say is that I liked the Heyday. It was somewhat fruity and despite it’s higher IBU rating, it wasn’t overly bitter to me. It was a little warm on the day I tried it, so it was nice to have it ice cold.
Then, I went up the street a bit to Odell Brewing Company at 2945 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205. https://www.odellbrewing.com/
I had the 90 Shilling Ale (5.3% ABV 32 IBU). I tried it, because I thought the logo was kinda cool. 🙂 The 90 Shilling is an amber ale with a slightly copper color. They say the aroma is of bread or biscuits. Maybe my nose isn’t that sensitive. I could kinda smell it, but that might be, because I was trying to smell something specific. But, the taste of the 90 Shilling was in line with how it looked and how it smelled. It, too, was refreshing on a warm day.
I left Denver to try something closer to home. I went to Dry Dock Brewing at 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO. https://drydockbrewing.com/
I love chocolate and coffee, so I thought I’d try something different than my usual ales. I had the Coffee Stout (5.5% ABV 30 IBU). It was tasty. More like an iced coffee with chocolate than a beer, to me. I enjoyed the flavor, but can only drink one glass before thinking that i was drinking too much coffee. Since it was a warm day, this one didn’t do it for me. I could probably enjoy it more if I was sitting near the fireplace on a cold day or around a campfire, like some people say.
I haven’t done enough research, yet, to give you the best craft beers in Denver or even my favorites. So, I’m going to venture out again in the upcoming weeks and try different brews in town. More research is required. LOL.