Saturday, November 21, 2020

B is for Bierstadt Lagerhaus

If you follow my blog fairly regularly, you likely know that I began round 3 of my A to Z Denver Breweries Project with A is for Altitude Brewing & Supply.

If you follow the English alphabet, you likely realize that after "A" comes the letter "B".

And ... it doesn't take a huge leap of deductive reasoning to conclude that next up I would be trying to add a brewery that starts with the letter "B".

The Colorado Brewery List has quite a few "B" breweries in the Denver area. In fact, "B" looks to be the most common letter to start a brewery name with in the Denver area.

... Or maybe it is "C" ... I didn't actually count. 

Regardless, I had lots of  "B" breweries to pick from, but in my mind there was one logical choice.

Honestly, it is a little crazy that I have not visited this brewery. I've enjoyed their beers on several occasions, but never made my way to the brewery.

Until a windy mid-November Saturday.

I probably would have preferred to make this a bike ride, but the weather wasn't really cooperating on this particular Saturday. So, the SheppyBrew Beer Model and I drove to the "River North" neighborhood of Denver for lunch and some beers.

Bierstadt Lagerhaus is all about traditional German Lagers. 

From their website: 

Apparently, it is allowable to add strawberries, gummy worms, pizza, and all matter of other things to a “beer.”
Each to their own. You do you. We aren’t ones to judge.
We are ones for tradition. We have brewed a lot of beer over the years, and it is our belief that traditionally brewed lagers are classics for a reason.
They have stood the test of time.
So when it came time to tell common sense to stick its foot up its ass, mortgage everything and go all in, we resurrected an eighty-seven-year-old brew kettle from Germany and a strict Reinheitsgebot process.
Four ingredients. Water, yeast, malt, and hops.
Add hard work and years of know-how. We weren’t in a hurry.
The results? You tell us.

They also serve German-themed food, making it a great place to go for dinner or lunch. 

I had to start with the famous "Slow Pour Pils", which is a fantastic Northern German style pilsner. Certainly world class, and one of my favorites.

The SheppyBrew Beer Model had their Helles, which was also well made and delicious.

While there, I also had a wonderful Dunkle and their Gottscheer Dortmunder (or Export Helles ... whichever you want to call the style).

All the beers were fantastic.

The food was also wonderful. I had mac-n-cheese with a bratwurst on top.

During these COVID times, the host asked us to use their online order system. It is pretty good, but it was a little annoying that there was no way to keep a running tab. Each order had to be entered and processed separately (meaning we got charged each time we ordered anything).

I guess that's ok, but once this whole COVID mess is over, I don't I would want to use it while in the building.

Regardless, we had a great time with wonderful food and world-class lager beer.

I hope we are able to go back multiple times.

If you're in the River North neighborhood of Denver, stop by

Bierstadt Lagerhaus
Taproom and Bierhalle
2875 Blake St, Denver CO 80205
Phone: 720-570-7824
Hours: MON-THU: 2PM - 10PM, FRI-SUN: 11AM - 11PM

If you are in the Denver area, you know that currently, we are at the "Red" level of COVID. Unfortunately, this means in-person inside dining is prohibited. Bierstadt Lagerhaus does have a nice big area with tents outside, so you can still visit them if you want.

But, this does mean SheppyBrew Beer Model and I might have to pause round 3 of our A to Z Denver Breweries Project.

We did get in a "C" brewery, so stay tuned for that. Hopefully COVID cases in Denver will fall enough to go back to whatever level we were at before these "Red" restrictions.

Regardless ... bookmark Sheppy's Blog: A to Z to see what comes next.


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