Our brew system was small, very small. We've upgraded, but it's still small...a 3.5 BBL system. We plan on capitalizing on this by creating very original small batches of beer. We plan on keeping five regular beers on tap and having fun with any others. I want to be able to create whatever comes into my head the night before and whatever someone has convinced me is worth trying. Folks will be encouraged to come in with recipes and/or ingredients...we will do our best to give them a try.
Here are the beers on tap at the moment:
Our Flagship Beers:
"Steffie's Heffe": A traditional Heffeweizen brewed in the tradition of “Reinheitsgebot” allowing only for water, malt and hops. In this ale, only pilsner and wheat malts are used. Bittered with Galena hops for a light citrus kick and traditional Northern brewer hops. The Bavarian yeast gives this guy some pleasant clove and banana notes. “Es ist sehr net!"
"Very Nice Pale Ale": Easy drinking ale, not too hoppy but enough to make it interesting with a tinge of citrus from the Galena and Cascade hops. This is a well balanced beer designed to be no more or no less than Very Nice.
"Monk's Phunk": Our first flagship beer. Our version of the traditional trappist style of beer. Light on the hops, heavy on the grain and honey. This is a sipping beer that one usually detects an immediate sweetness that mellows out into more of a drier taste. It has the signature milky caramel finish of the Trappist strain of yeast.
"Royal We IPA": A well balanced IPA more in tune with East Coast IPAs. It has been described as an IPA for the non-IPA drinker. We use Cascade, Galena, and Northern Brewer hops. The Galena gives it a refreshing citrus bite balanced out by the more floral, moderate bitterness of the Cascade hop. Any rough edges are taken off by the woody Northern Brewer hop and 4 lbs of local wild flower honey. The deeper body is attributed to the caramel and crystal malts used in this refreshing session IPA.
"The Logical Fallacy": A stout in every way except IBU. An India Black Ale (IBA). Our guess of what may have been shipped around the horn of Africa to stout-loving British soldiers in India. Starts with an immediate smokiness followed by the familiar bitter of the extended hops bill. Then balanced by the more complex sugars found in honey not being fully processed into alcohol by the yeast. Thus exposing the logical fallacy that stouts cannot be heavily hopped.
Premium / Limited Beers:
"Grandfathered In": In celebration of Frozen Dead Guy Days, we brewed this malty, dark, earthy Scottish ale. It has strong peated notes with light chocolate and caramel flavors.
"Phunkin Monster": Our 1-year anniversary beer! A double mashed barley wine with an ABV of 11.2%! Fermented for two months! Comprised of 7 different malts!
"Greener's Gruit Ale": A medieval ale pre-dating the use of hops and substituting a healthy collection of herbs....yarrow, rose petals and lemon balm...'tis very nice.
"Porter de los Muertos": Our seasonal chili beer made with local roasted chilis. $1/pint goes to RIBA (Ruth is a Badass - a cancer patient and dear friend).
"Petrichor ESB": Petrichor is the scent of rain on dry earth, or the scent of dust after rain. The word is constructed from Greek, petros, meaning stone + ichor, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology. It is defined as "the distinctive scent which accompanies the first rain after a long warm dry spell".
Seasonals: We love all the seasons Colorado has to offer and will devote beers to them as we go. Seasonal beers will feature ingredients available during the season they represent and we will try to convey the feeling the season imparts.
“Crazy Local” Brews: These will be brews dreamed up by local patrons from across the bar. We will try our best to brew up what our customers can dream up. Find a ton of wild strawberries? Bring ‘em in! Spruce fronds? Bring 'em in! These brews will be about our neighbors participating in the Very Nice Brewing Company.