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 six 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.
"Royal We IPA": A more balanced IPA with some west coast IPA style funkiness. We use Citra, Cascade, Galena, and Northern Brewer hops and then add the funkiness of the Summithop through dry hopping. The Galena gives it a refreshing citrus bite, balanced out by the more floral, moderatebitterness of the Cascade hop. The body is attributed to a slight amount of crystal malt used in this refreshing IPA.
"Monk's Phunk" (Belgian Abbey Ale:) Strong ale named after a strong woman! Our brewer’s dear mother! This recipe is crafted as a tribute to the tradition the Monk’s started in Belgium over a thousand years ago. It has a complex malt bill with Munich, Caramunich, Caramel, Special B and a shot of Chocolate giving it a deep burgundy color and a heavenly rich caramel taste that literally would bring people to God, or at least to his cathedrals in Europe. In addition, it has enlightening fruity esters from the Belgian yeast as well as divine sweetness from 32lbs/BBL of Wild Colorado honey.
"Fuggly & Brown": Mono-hopped and named after the earthy and mildly citrus hop, Fuggles. A malty beer with low hop aroma and bitterness, brewed in the tradition of an English brown. Some slight fruity esters. Traditionally, brown sugar would be used, but we stuck with our locally sourced honey instead, lightening up the body and contributing some slightly floral notes. A very mellow ale at 5.9% ABV.
"The Logical Fallacy": This beer challenges the Logical Fallacy that reasons if a beer is a stout, it can’t be hoppy. With generous hop additions of Summit, Northern Brewer, Galena, and a Citra dry hop, this beer has a technical IBU (International Bittering Unit) of almost 70. However this hops bill is challenged with the deep smokiness of black patent malt and coffee tones of chocolate malt. This is a unique stout that will make you look deep into this beer, and lose yourself in the intricate taste of its oil like blackness.
Premium / Limited Beers:
"Fuggly Pumpkin": It's back! Smoked pumpkin with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, Fuggles and Northern Brewer hops. ABV: 7.9% IBU: 20
"Caribou-Ya Mountain Ale": This very weird beer is just in time for All Hallows Eve and a shout out to Artemisia Absinthium!! A beer made with rose hips and the historical bittering agent WORMWOOD! Made famous by "La Fee Verte", Van Gogh, and Absinthe. A refreshing Pale style with Cascade and Fuggles hops. The delicious Floral of rose hips greets your pallet while proceeding into the back of your mouth to a deviant bitterness that lets you know its working. Sold in 10oz pours so that the fairy is not unleashed too soon! In addition, pick up a collectors bottle on your way out to take home!
"Very Nice GroBen Bart": A California Common. Our first lager and collaboration with Groben Bart (pronounced Grossen Bart) brewery from Longmont, CO! A style pioneered by Anchor Steam Brewery in San Francisco and named by them as "Steam Beer". The California Common style was born out of necessity. Without frozen lakes to harvest ice from, the lagers had to be fermented at ale temperature. This beer retains many lager qualities such as smooth and balanced and then combines them with some ale attributes such as light and fruity esters. This is a refreshing lager, mono-hopped with the California born varity "Northern Brewer" giving it a distinctive earthy and piny tone. On the malty side of the spectrum with some Special B malt from Belgium and some caramel malts. An easy drinker to be sure! ABV: 6.5% IBU: 41.8. (It's a Charity Beer! $1 of each pour goes to a local charity.)
"Sin-Ger": 1/2 Steffie's Heffe, 1/2 Ginger Ale...a refreshing blend!
In the fermenter: A coffee porter in collaboration with Salto Coffee Works! Watch for it in February!
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.
Charities...by drinking our "charity" beers, you helped us donate $8,910 to date that has been distributed among the following:
Aspen Grove Preschool (Nederland, CO)
Backdoor Theater (Nederland, CO)
Carousel of Happiness (Nederland, CO)
Colorado Shiba Inu Rescue (statewide)
Let's Buy Nederland Feed and Supply! (Nederland, CO)
Nederland Area Seniors (Nederland, CO)
Nederland Food Pantry (Nederland, CO)
Peak to Peak Healthy Communities (Nederland, CO)
Peak to Peak Music Education Association (Nederland, CO)
PPHCP-Miles Pancoast Family (Nederland, CO)
Rebuild Jamestown (Jamestown, CO)
Ruth Is A Badass
Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence (Boulder, CO)
Sophia DuBose Family
Wild Bear Ecological Center (Nederland, CO)
& also individuals in need!