Tie between Lowdown Brewery and Kitchen’s IPA, and Gravity Brewing’s Tsar Bomba Russian Imperial Stout. For more on Lowdown itself, I’d like to invite you to check out the initial post of my esteemed Colorado Culture colleague Elaine’s Brew Review. As far as the beer itself is concerned, I know I keep harping on IPAs. But if you’re a TRUE hophead like me, this is one you must try. Usually extreme floral notes of hops and pine lead to extreme bitterness, but this was melded nicely with citrus tones of grapefruit and tangerine. 7.0 ABV. Easy, tasty and strong. So all of the best traits of IPAs brewed into one.
Gravity Brewing is a place that I am actually not entirely familiar with. It’s located in Louisville, just up the “Buffalo Highway” from the People’s Republic of Boulder, and is fairly new on the craft brew scene. But this Russian Imperial Stout (one of two beers they had to offer at their stand, so you know the owners are proud of their concoction) will no doubt put them on the map permanently. It’s an interesting juxtaposition to whet your palette with a brew such as this after snagging anything with the letters “IPA” in it for an hour, as it is almost the polar opposite in terms of flavor profile. While IPAs are sharp and bitter, stouts such as these are smooth and malty. This one in particular was nice and heavy on the molasses and brown sugar, giving it a mellow sweetness that can make you forget that you are drinking a beer that is 12% ABV. Check them out here: http://thegravitybrewing.com/
There is a runner up in this category, simply because the beer was so unique. Again, if you’d like to find out more about the Denver Beer Company itself, slide on over to “Brew Review” and see the experience that Elaine has written up for you all. But at the Brewfest, they had an offering that was one of the strangest brews you can find. Their “Raspberry Princess Yum Yum” is termed as an “American Pale Wheat Ale”, which is a combo that you won’t find often in a name. Its flavor profile is equally unique. Drinking this beer is like drinking some kind of liquid jelly donut. It was the strangest thing. But strangely good. So next time, you’re hankering for a flavored fat pill, skip Voodoo on Colfax and go to Denver Beer Company for a pint of this. It can’t be worse for you, and you can’t get drunk off of donuts anyway.