Spring Delights

Usually during the early spring we’re charging up to the mountains every Friday night for a weekend of skiing.  As the weather warmed up early this year, we also started traveling earlier than usual, seeking the next great brewery. Some of our exploring encouraged us to just stay home and meander the streets of the Mile High (a fine idea), sipping local craft, and craft from across the country.

It’s quite easy to get drawn away from Denver by other beer destinations throughout Colorado. But there’s no doubt that Denver holds it own for craft beer, especially in terms of the now infamous beer bars. In addition to the nationally recognized and awarded Falling Rock Tap House, (don’t plan on going anywhere else on the afternoon you head here), there are several other spots to explore.

One wonderful place to do this is right in our own neighborhood at Hops and Pie.  During a tasting this spring , I dived head first into their “select your own sample tray” with a hoppy focus that didn’t disappoint:

Alpha Dog IPA from Odell

Shark Attack from Port Brewing

Steelhead Double IPA from Mad River.

And since I always seek balance in life, I migrated towards a little porter/stout ramble to finish the spring afternoon, (the wrong order, I know, but it turned out just fine . . . oh, and I found a delicious imperial pilsner on the tray as well . . . woops):

Coconut Porter from Maui Brewing

Winter Warlock, (Bristol’s Oatmeal Stout)

My Antonia, (Dogfish Head’s Imperial Pilsner)

The great thing about Hops and Pie is that more than likely, none of these will be on tap during our next visit.  So I’ll have the opportunity to taste a whole new selection of beers.  And so will you . . .

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