Jagged Mountain in Downtown Denver: Your Local Brew #5

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With nearly 200 breweries now in Colorado, character is the one thing that will make a new place stand out.  Every brewery has the opportunity to put a twist on their stout, place their unique stamp on the tap room theme, or create a particular community vibe.

Jagged Mountain offers such character with a clear style to their beer, atmosphere, and community outreach, making them a great micro-brewery to finally pair with the near-by and ever-expanding Great Divide. And fortunately for all of us, their tap room will accommodate the crowds they should expect since they’re just a stones throw from the heart of downtown and Coors Field. So pull up a stool and enjoy …

… beautiful pictures of Colorado and mountain ranges the world over. These guys are outdoor enthusiast and mountaineers most definitely.  I joyfully imagine that a copy of Freedom of the Hills sits next to their beer recipes. After the Dirty Thirty Ultra this summer, I look forward to drinking my “earned” specialty beer.

… their “High Octane” beer menu which is a tour de force of big, bold, and flavorful brews. Though sometimes circumstances indicate that it’s best to play it safe in the mountains, that mode shouldn’t apply to breweries in Colorado.  Jagged Mountain is definitely testing the limits and walking the edge. Reminiscent of Elevation in Poncha Springs, I’m ready to take this adventure with them.

… contributing to the Jagged Gives program. Talk about an innovative way to give back to their local community.  I was already intrigued by this brewery after a few samples, but their poster about this project on my way out the door really made me pleased with what this team is up to. All small businesses should consider the community as part of their bottom line.

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Epic Brewing: Your Local Brew – Part 2

EpicStraight from their website, “the Epic [Brewing Co.] Team has a strong belief in doing everything all out.” And we’re now benefiting from their mentality here in Denver, as this Salt Lake City brewery has opened their doors in the RiNo. While I always write with accolades, it takes a lot these days for me to get really stoked on a new beer or a new brewery. But Epic has me ecstatic to call them a Mile High “local brew” for many reasons. My main excitement comes with their expansive, almost unfathomably expansive, beer menu . . . which is all their beer.

They offer not-so-basic, basic brews including IPAs, Lagers, Porters, and Wheat Beers in their Classic Series. And then Continue reading

Diebolt Brewing: Your Local Brew – Part 1

Your Local Brew is a mini-series charged withThe Sunday Crowd at Diebolt Brewing catching-up on all the incredible new breweries that opened in 2013.  A year ago, we could make the claim that we’d visited every brewery in the state, but with the fury of grand openings during the last ten months, and several more openings between now and early 2014, we have a lot of Colorado Craft tasting to complete.

While exploring some of the newest spots in the state, a theme emerged early on, and it’s a theme that we’ve observed many times before: there’s quite possibly room for a small brewery to open up in your neighborhood, in every neighborhood. Like the local dive bars of yesteryear, once made hip again by the hipsters and the DINKS, a new brewery has the potential to quickly become a gathering place for the after-work crowd, the post-dinner social, and the Saturday pint. Continue reading