NOTE: No trail with which to match their beers as I was working an RV Adventure and Travel Show at Convention Center in Denver.
RV-ing is alive and well in America. For the 100th year of National Parks – make reservations early!!
Located in lower downtown Denver at Lawrence and 20th streets is the corner brewery, Jagged Mountain. jaggedmountainbrewery.com They are not a restaurant. They are part of the trend of breweries who have a rotating list of food trucks and concentrate on brewing. As with Liquid Mechanics in Lafayette, the formula for Jagged Mountain a tremendous success.
THE BEERS – the good, the bad, and the amazingly complex!
These are my opinions – The Sky Pond Pale Ale is a refreshing beer that would be easily consumed pint after pint. Good body, low alcohol but does not suffer for it, and enough hops to satisfy most hophead palates. Sidewinder Single Hop Session – up the hops a level and also drinkable and refreshing! Take it up another two levels to the Sawatch American Pale Ale in ABV and IBUs and this is a hophead go to at this brewery but… try everything is my suggestion. The bad. The Ptarmigan Black IPA really has no identity and even has sort of a thin funky flavor. Turned half my 4 oz sample back in and sent it to the sewer rats. Drinkable and sweet is the Cherry Wheat. A 4 oz sample was fine and would satisfy the fruity beer people nicely. Now for the surprises! Saisons are difficult. Most, to me, are glorified belgian beers and have no identity. The Cougar Slayer is a blackberry saison that is their best seller. Wow, nice beverage with the complexity of what a saison is supposed to have, so many flavors in a synergistic concert playing on the taste buds. The best saison to me was the Indian Summer India Red Rye Saison which had even more flavors mixing with the rye, the hops, the belgian yeasties and a slightly spicy overtone. Sitting next to me was a regular. He was drinking the Grand Cru – a seasonal. This was the amazingly complex to which I made reference. A blend of Belgian Dubbel, Breckenridge Bourbon Barrel aged Belgian Quadruple, and a Cognac Barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout. Holy golly what a beverage! Will go back as I did not try them all. Mile and a half walk back to motel in single digit temps. Happy tastes buds and happy brew year!