Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A is for Alternation Brewing Company

As I mentioned in A to Z Denver Breweries, I'm starting over at the beginning of the alphabet. I published my first "A" brewery, A is for Alpine Dog Brewing Company, in March of 2015. At the time, I think it was the only Denver brewery I found that started with A.

4 years later, there is another one. A is for Alternation Brewing Company.

Usually when I do one of these A to Z Denver Breweries on this blog, I spend some time on their website before visiting.

Alternation doesn't have much on their website (www.alternationbrewing.com). From google maps, however, I found them at

1539 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210

Their hours are
Wednesday and Thursday 4 PM to 10 PM
Friday 1 PM to 10 PM
Saturday 12 PM to 10 PM
Sunday 12 PM to 8 PM

You can follow them on facebook @alternationbrewingcompany where they say:
"We opened in December 2017 as a small, family-run brewery; specializing on a wide variety of ever-changing artisan ales and lagers through our “alternating” taps. The concept stems from our desire to combine premium quality beer, a cozy space, and change."
"Our goal is to give beer lovers the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of the evolving beer industry and recognize that beer should not always be classified into homogenous BJCP styles. For the novice, we hope to offer something refreshing and a friendly environment to relax and ask questions. For the connoisseur, we hope to question their beer mind and earn their respect. For everyone, we hope to offer an experience unlike any other brewery: a chance to walk in to a completely different menu, each time they enter."

They are located in a tiny little location on South Broadway where the SheppyBrew Beer Model and I visited them after a hike in the foothills.

We had a little challenge finding a parking spot, but eventually we were able to get in.

The front of the brewery makes it look very small, but the space goes deeper than you realize at first.

We started out with a flight.

  • Afternoon Special: Nice Amber Farmhouse Ale. Untappd has it listed as a lager. It isn't.  This is one of the beers I got a pint of after the flight.
  • Park Bench Mutation: A bret-flavored saison. Really good too ... as long as you like the bret flavor. (the Beer Model does not)
  • Southern Fruit: A "New England Pale Ale". Delicious. It isn't as disgustingly cloudy as most "New England" style beers. I liked it. I also got a pint of this afterwards.
  • Second Generation: An American "Dry" porter. Nice roast flavor. Highly drinkable. 
  • In Times of Morning: Another great Saison / Farmhouse Ale. This was the beer that the Beer Model got a pint of.

There were other beers on the board, but neither of us had more of them.

I enjoyed my time here, and the beers that I tried were wonderful. I will have to come back again.

The had a food truck out front. We didn't eat because we had already had lunch.

When you get a chance and are around the 1500 block of South Broadway, stop in and have yourself a few beers.


Next up ... B is for ...

There are lots of "B" breweries in Denver for me to choose from. If you are reading this blog and know the Denver craft beer scene, feel free to make suggestions.

As always, you can see all the breweries I've visted by checking out Sheppy's Blog: A to Z.

1 comment:

  1. I saw on Facebook that Alternation is closing permanently due to the tough times everyone is having with COVID-related economic struggles. Sad.