Tuesday, May 26, 2015

C is for Comrade Brewing Company

You may remember that as I was composing the list of Denver breweries that I had not visited, it struck me that most of the letters of the alphabet were covered by the beginning letters of the brewery names.

I started with A ... A is for Alpine Dog Brewing Company

Next up was B ... B is for Baere Brewing Company

And now for C.  My List actually has 5 breweries whose names began with the letter C, but to be honest, I always was leaning toward one of them:

Comrade Brewing just recently celebrated their one year anniversary (end of April). Before visiting them a few days ago, I had only tried one of their beers, which I thought was fantastic. 

They are located at 7667 East Iliff Avenue, Denver, CO 80231, and are very easy to see from the street. In addition to their website, you can also see them on facebook, twitter, and untappd.

Their tasting room is a pretty decent size for the small brewery that they are. It is very shiny and new looking too.

Their beer selection is pretty big, which is great. I grabbed only six samples in my flight, but I could have had at least twice that many. I think I need a designated driver for these brewery visits, but for now I'll just grab what I think I can handle.

The beers in my flight were:

1659 Session Stout - Dry Irish Stout. At 4.8% ABV, it is pretty low in alcohol, but it is big on chocolate and toffee notes along with just the right amount of roast. This was awesome.

Kommie Pig "East" IPA - Collaboration with Hogshead Brewery. This is an English IPA with a Russian twist. It was good, but certainly not my favorite of the flight.

DEFCON Red  - They call this an Irish Red, but with Chinook, and Cascade hops, it tasted more American to me. It was fantastic, though, and it is what I brought home in my growler.

Koffee Kream Stout - Nice sweet milk stout with a dose of rich coffee flavor. It is full-bodied, sweet, and delicious. It is also a little lower in alcohol than their "session" stout. I could drink a bunch of these.

Superpower IPA  - Exactly what I love in IPA's. Loads of American "C" hops with huge pine and grapefruit flavor and aroma without being too overly bitter. Not surprisingly, this is their #1 seller.

Honeyman IPA  - They call this their "R & D" IPA. They brew it with an evolving hop bill, where they test out new and experimental hop varieties. It is slightly lower in alcohol. This was also very pleasant, although, I didn't think quite as good as Superpower.

And that is all I had there. Every one of the beers was awesome to drink. I would have liked to try more, but I'll have to leave that for another visit.

When you get a chance, you should go visit them as well.

They open Wednesday through Sunday at noon.
They open Monday at 3pm.
They are closed Tuesday.

Next up on  my list are the breweries that begin with the letter D. There are two. I have not decided if I will visit De Steeg Brewing or Diebolt Brewing Company

You'll know by simply keeping an eye on Sheppy's Blog: A to Z.

Go Blackhawks!

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