Wednesday, December 28, 2016

T is for TRVE Brewing Company

If you follow this blog regularly, you have probably noticed a lot of progress on the A to Z Denver Breweries series.

Since mid-November, I've moved from N is for New Terrain Brewing Company to S is for Spangalang Brewery.

I even covered Q with Q is for Queen Bee Brews. When I started this project, I thought I'd never find anything for Q.

Wondering what the hell I'm talking about ... check out Sheppy's Blog: A to Z ... I think you'll be able to figure out the concept.

It is as simple as A B C.

And now ... What comes after "S".

You guessed it ... "T".

So ... TRVE is actually a brewery I've been meaning to visit for a long time. Basically since they opened.

From the TRVE website:
Our goal is to give you a rad place to hang out and drink killer beer. Founded on the Summer Solstice of 2011, our mission has always been to create beers that are beyond the pale. To us this implies new ideas, channeling Loki, and embracing chaos. It means drawing from the sounds and sights that inspire us most in life.
Our beers may or may not exactly adhere to any particular guidelines – we’re style blasphemers and category agnostics – but you can count on the fact that we’ll always brew damn good beer.
To us, TRVE represents being a part of a counter culture without immersing yourself to the point of taking it too seriously.

When I walked in, I was surprised how small the space is. I imagine this place gets real crowded on Friday and Saturday nights. I was there right at opening time on a Friday afternoon and there were only a couple of us in the tasting room.

The place is dark. Literally, the lights are dim. Figuratively dark as well, the motive is very Heavy Metal.

I think I might be a little frightened to walk in at night ... but then I'd get over it. They have beer.

Great beer.

Really really great beer.

The bartender did not want to give me two flights. She wanted to make sure I finished my first before I got my second.

Not a big deal. I just thought it was sort of strange.

However ... it was sort of cool. The beer list had two sections. "Clean Beer" and "Mixed Culture Beer".

Flight 1 was "Clean Beer".

  • Caeruleus: A nice Belgium Saison dry hopped with saaz. Great flavor. Not real high in alcohol. Exactly what a Saison should be.
  • Atma: Belgian Golden Strong Ale. This was my least favorite here, but only because I'm not really into the style.
  • Aura: British Mild. Great biscuit flavor. Really pleasant to drink. Seemed out of place in a Death Metal Brewery ... but very good.
  • Invoker: Experimental Pale Ale. I'm not sure what exactly was experimental about it, but this was a GREAT hoppy pale ale. Nice tropical hop flavor. By far my favorite of the clean beers.

Flight 2 was "Mixed Culture"

  • Scorn: Actually, I lied. Scorn was a Clean Beer. Another great Hoppy Pale Ale. I didn't like it as much as Invoker, but I did like it very much.
  • Pteropticon:  A sour pale ale. This was FANTASTIC. I loved this beer.
  • Jewel Throne: Apricot sour. Again a great sour beer. 
  • Revengeance: Mixed culture porter. All I could say about this one was "WOW!!!". I've never had a beer like this one. The best I could describe it was sort of sour coffee, but that doesn't sound very good. This beer was very very fantastic. I was really impressed.

In short ... I was really impressed with the sour beers. I thought the "experimental pale" was fantastic as well. The rest were great, but the sours and the Invoker were world-class (in my humble opinion).

I would say Invoker, Pteropticon, and Revengeance were some of the best beers I've had in a long time... and remember, I've done quite a few brewery visits lately.

Make sure you drop by and give them a try. Especially if you love sour beers, I think you'll really enjoy the beers here.

They are located at

227 Broadway #101, Denver, CO 80203

Their hours are

Monday - Thursday: 3PM - 11PM
Friday - Saturday: 12PM - 12AM
Sunday: 12PM - 10PM

Do it!

So ... that is my T is for TRVE Brewing Company.

Next up is "U". I've picked a brewery, but you'll have to check back to find out what it is....

Go Blackhawks!

Go Bears!


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