Friday, May 27, 2022

Y is for Wild Blue Yonder Brewing Company

We're almost done with round 3 of the A to Z Denver Breweries series of posts.

After "X" comes "Y", so obviously we needed to come up with a "Y" brewery.

As I mentioned in X is for Bruz Off FaX. we wouldn't be traveling to the Yampa Valley to check off the "Y" brewery. So, we'll have to take a little artistic license again.

The SheppyBrew Beer Model scanned the Colorado Brewery List, and came up with a few possibilities. When it came right down to it, there was only 1 real choice ...

Wild Blue Yonder Brewing Company is a Brewpub in Downtown Castle Rock at 519 Wilcox St, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104.

It is a beautiful building with a nice Beer Garden. Since they are a fully functioning restaurant they are able to serve local wines, ciders, and spirits from around Colorado in addition to their own beers.

The location has an interesting history. I won't go into it here, but if you're interested, check out their "About Us" page.

We headed over there last Saturday afternoon, while the Chuck Roast was in the crock pot. 

Because of the weather, we were not able to enjoy the beer garden. I feel like we have to head down to Castel Rock again some time to check that out.

We started off ordering a couple of flights from their beer menu that included:
  • Heidelberg Hefeweizen (Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen) ... Light and refreshing traditional German Hefeweizen with notes of banana and clove. Lightly hopped with Hallertau Mittlefruh.

  • Lawnmower Wit Wheat Beer - (Witbier / Blanche) ... Light Belgian witbier brewed with coriander, lemon peel, orange peel and lemongrass. 

  • Captains Kolsch (Kölsch) ... Clean, crisp and classic German style ale nuanced in its simplicity. Light malt, herbal noble hops, and subtle pear esters.

  • Das Bier Lager - (Helles) ... Clean German helles style lager aged on toasted American oak. Subtle malt sweetness and vanilla oak tannins nicely balanced with crisp herbal noble hops.

  • Come Fly(PA) With Me (IPA - Experimental) ... A new experimental IPA with Azacca, Mosaic, and HBC-586 hops. These hops give this beer a nice refreshing tropical aroma, with tasting notes of mellow citrus, mangoes, lychee, and pineapple.

  • Bluebird Day IPA (IPA - American) ... Bright & fresh, dry-hopped IPA brewed with Cascade, Amarillo, and Chinook hops. Grapefruit, peach, and resinous pine notes.

  • Mango Tango Down (IPA - Milkshake) ... Juicy, dry hopped IPA brewed with Mango puree, vanilla beans and milk sugar. Tropical and sweet with a slight bitterness. Contains Lactose.

  • Wee Tenner (Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy) ... A classic Scottish style for the line up! A dark, sweet, malt forward flavored beer, with strong notes of caramel and toffee and a hint of toasted bread, nuttiness, plums and raisins.

One thing I just noticed while typing this up is that the online menu includes links to the untappd profile of each beer. 

I wish I would have realized this sooner, but something to keep in mind if you're one to check beers in.

They also have a very nice food menu. I had a Elk Camino Bratwurst. The Beer Model had The Gouda, Shoulda, Woulda grilled cheese sandwhich.

Her food choice was better than mine.

I did order another flight, which the Beer Model didn't really partake in:
  • Las Cruces Lager (Lager - Vienna) ... Mexican amber lager brewed with flaked maize & citra hops. Very light and drinkable with citrus & corn chip notes.

  • 3.2 (Mild - Dark) ... A nice sessionable and refreshing dark ale with a low abv of 3.2% and slight bitterness. Up front notes of toasted rye and wheat bread, dark chocolate, and a slight nutty and caramel finish.

  • Xocolatl (Stout - Imperial / Double) ... Mayan inspired imperial stout brewed with Chipotle Meco chiles, cacao nibs, cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee beans, and cardamom. Complex and layered with a slight lingering chile burn.

  • Coconut Oatmeal Cream Stout (Nitro) (Stout - Milk / Sweet) ... Huge coconut flavor and aroma followed by hints of vanilla and chocolate. Nitrogenated and silky smooth.

I really enjoyed most of the beers. I probably should not have ordered the Mango Tango Down as I don't really generally like Milkshake IPA's, but I'm sure those who like the style would love it.

The Das Bier took me by surprise with the fact that it is aged on toasted American oak. I'd prefer a regular Helles, but it was the Beer Model's favorite.

I thought the rest of the beers were great.

As I mentioned above, I would really like to come back here.

Check it out yourself if you find yourself wanted lunch or dinner in the Castle Rock area. 

They are open daily from 11am to 9pm.

So ... now we have one brewery left to finish round 3 of the A to Z Denver Breweries series of posts.

Big Z. Little Z. What begins with Z?

According to the Colorado Brewery List, we have some choices. I have one brewery in mind, but I may change my mind. 

If you'd like to find out what I pick ... stay tuned on Sheppy's Blog: A to Z and you'll see what we pick.

Go Avalanche!

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