notalush (283) Denver, Colorado | May 20, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
These folks have been brewing for a bit now, but the taproom itself just opened - medium-sized taproom in an industrial park - difficult to find - on the outskirts of town, in one of those areas where you ask yourself, "am I really still in Denver?" - pretty terrible location, really, with very little around it as far as other businesses and residential areas are concerned - in other words, not a spot that encourages high traffic - basically a converted garage space with a wood bar and a few tables (some of which are fold-out) - just one tiny notch above Wit’s End in the ambience department - five beers on tap this weekend, but tap space for eight - line up is fairly pedestrian (lager, golden, brown, IPA, porter) - their schtick seems to be taking these styles and trying to jazz them up with adjuncts (Asian spices, flowers, honey, etc.) - results are mixed, with most beers falling on the ho-hum end of the spectrum - the operation is owned and staffed by a husband and wife team - both are friendly and clearly passionate about beer - both are very knowledgeable about the Denver beer scene - however, both seem a bit immature and perhaps a bit green on the business side (both of which they will hopefully overcome) - prices are average (5 dollar pints, 8 dollar flights) - they have bought into this weird growler trend where they sell these expensive 1 liter growlers that look like fancy water bottles - they charge 40 EFFING DOLLARS for them - guys, I just want a simple, inexpensive, utilitarian way to bring your beer home - oh well, they’ll probably sell a crap ton of them anyway because people are effing stupid - nothing really exciting about this place, but hopefully they will do well - in the bottom tier of places that have opened this past year, both in location and in quality of product - I may stop in a couple times a year.