Tuesday, August 10, 2021

I is for Iron Mule Brewery

If you're following along on this round of the A to Z Denver Breweries series of posts, you know that we recently checked "H" off the list.

If you're familiar with the English alphabet, you realize that next up is "I".

The first time through the list, we did I is for IronWorks Brewery and Pub. At the time, it was the only "I" brewery I could find in the Denver area.

By the time we got to round 2, Iron Works had closed, but another "I" brewery had popped up, and we did I is for [The] Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project.

Again, there was only one "I" brewery in the Denver area.

Sometime between the time that Intrepid Sojourner disappeared and now ... still another "I" brewery popped up for us to go to.

According to the Colorado Brewery List, Iron Mule Brewery is the only "I" brewery in the Denver area, and actually I have to stretch the definition of "Denver" a bit to count it.

It is located in Castle Rock, Colorado at 514 Perry Street, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104.

The SheppyBrew Beer Model (aka my wife) and I stopped by last Saturday for lunch after a hike at Castlewood Canyon State Park.

It is a nice location in the old downtown area of Castle Rock. It has a pretty good view of the famous Castle Rock that the town is named after.

They had a food truck on Saturday, which seems to be typical most days according to their website

We shared a flight ... 

  • Mule Skinner: Baltic Porter 8% ABV  37 IBU
    Robust/Baltic Porter that is cold fermented using ale yeast and has complex dark fruit flavors.
  • Red Crow: Irish Red Ale 5.5% ABV
    A traditional Irish Red. Nice and roasty.
  • Starstruck: Blonde Ale 6.5% ABV 30 IBU 
    A nice solid blonde ale. My wife's favorite beer here.
  • Peach for the Stars: Peach Blonde 7% ABV 30 IBU
    Really nice peach flavor in a light base.
  • Lucy's Trip To Carnaval: Fruited Berliner Weisse 5% ABV 35 IBU
    Passion Fruit and Guava infused Berliner Weiss. I didn't really think this tasted all that sour.

After the flight, I asked for a sample of a beer they called "Muleicorn". It was a Sour Raspberry Milkshake IPA, which really wasn't my thing, but I had to give it a try.

I had a 10 oz pour of their Two Mules Double IPA, which was good. My wife had a pint of the blonde she liked.

Their "On Tap" section of the website seems to pretty well up to date if you'd like to see what they have as you read this post.

It is a great little brewery, and the beers were all nicely brewed. If you're in the Castle Rock area, check them out.

So ... there you go. 

Next up, "J". We have a couple of choices, but I think I am leaning toward one particular brewery. Stay tuned on Sheppy's Blog: A to Z and you'll find out which one we visit.

If you want to guess ... it will be one of the breweries on the  Colorado Brewery List.

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