Monday, January 30, 2017

U is for Ursula Brewery

Well ... you may remember that in November and December, I made a lot of progress on the the A to Z Denver Breweries series.

Since mid-November until late December, I moved from N is for New Terrain Brewing Company to T is for TRVE Brewing Company.

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 D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T.

And now ... What comes after "T"?

You guessed it ... "U".

U is for Ursula Brewery

When I first made "the list" (see Denver Breweries II), Ursula Brewery was named Coda Brewing Company. I'm not quite clear why there was a name change. All the website says is ...
We opened in 2014 under the name Coda Brewing Company, but decided in early 2016 to make some changes. While change is always a trying and difficult experience, we believe what we are doing now is better than ever… and we’re sticking with Ursula this time.
Well, I am not going to complain. Until they changed their name, there were not any "U" breweries for me to visit. Now there is ... Ursula Brewery.

Ursula Brewery is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus at 2101 N Ursula St. Unit 10, Aurora CO, 80045.

It has a nice neighborhood bar feel. It wasn't very busy at all on the early Saturday afternoon we went. We stopped by for lunch after a short little outdoor walk in the area. 

Technically, this place does not make food, but they have a "sister restaurant" right across the street, Cedar Creek Pub delivers their entire menu right to your table. The bartender in the tasting room gave us a menu, we gave the Pub a call, and 15 or 20 minutes later, we had our food. Nice.

To kill time for the kids, we played Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit. I got killed at this game. My wife and kids remember a lot more about the Harry Potter books and movies than I do.

I thought the beers were fantastic. For the most part, they were pretty imaginative as well. Not really your typical brewery line up.

I had a flight of most of what they had on tap:

  • Curse Quencher ... A dry-hopped tart saison with a bit of bret. This is a tribute to the 2016 World Champions ... #GoCubsGo.
  • Via Chicago... Nice hoppy pale ale. Tropical. Citrus. Stone fruit. I think this was my favorite of the beers.
  • Colorado Buckeye ... Really good imperial stout with peanut butter. Usually, I'm really a fan of peanut butter in beers, but this one was good. Just enough peanut butter to compliment the stout.
  • Ursula IPA  ... Really tasty. "Tropical hop juice". Orange. Pineapple. Lemon lime. Nice and dry. Exactly what an American IPA should be.
  • Man of the Earth ... Robust porter with sweet potato, toasted marshmallow and pecans. Orange zest, vanilla, brown suger. It was tasty. A bit sweet for me. But well made.
  • RedHeaded Revenge ...  Nice American Amber/Red. Malt forward, but enough hops to balance out.
  • The Sacred Fire ... A 12% ABV Scotch Ale. Really good. A bit high in alcohol for me. But really really tasty.
  • Nopal Mosaico ... "Prickly Pear Golden Ale with Brett and Mosaic Hops". Nice beer. My wife's favorite of the flight. I really liked this one too. I think Via Chicago was still my favorite, but this was a close 2nd.

Really great beers. As I mentioned, most of them were very unique. I really liked them all.

So, we hung out, had lunch, answered Harry Potter questions (I got most of them wrong to the delight of my children).

I totally suggest you make the effort to visit Ursula Brewery. It is worth the trip.

Their hours are:
Monday – 3PM - 9PM
Tuesday – 3PM - 9PM
Wednesday – 3PM - 9PM
Thursday – 12PM - 9PM
Friday – 12PM - 9PM
Saturday – 12PM - 9PM
Sunday – Closed

And now... as you can probably figure out ... my next letter of the alphabet is "V". 

I think I know what brewery it is going to be ... but you'll have to come back to find out.

Go Blackhawks!

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