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Brewery of the Week: Black Shirt Brewing Co
July 8, 2014
This weeks brewery came to my attention by way of coincedence and the good decisions of some friends and fellow beer nerds. During a get together at my house for Independence Day (Murka!) I had advised most of my guests that should they want to bring something, beer was a welcome choice. Two of the offerings found in the cooler that was brought (thank you again Jeremy and Sara for that awesomness) were cans from Black Shirt Brewing. The first sip from a Black Shirt beer left me in awe, and fueled an insatiable motivation to experience what else this brewery had to offer.
Most of the breweries in Denver try to do something distinctive to make their beers stand out, but the approach that Black Shirt has taken is something truly unique. Every beer in their stable is based on what they call The Red Ale Project. This means that everything they brew is a variant of a red ale, and only red ale. This might sound a bit redundant but the myriad of different ales that Black Shirt has developed provide a wide and varied beer experience. Case in point: The American Red Saison I started with was a complex, semi sweet and truly beautiful beer. That was followed by the Farmhouse Red Porter, which had a distinctly savory element from the cocoa with which it was brewed (punctuated further by the chocolate wafer offered with this pint).
The taproom at Black Shirt is a place that is friendly comfortable and just the right amount of cool. From the square microphones used as tap handles to the best painting of Johnny Cash I’ve seen thus far it’s clear that music, good music, is just as important in this brewery as good beer. The folks behind the bar are also as knowledgeable and friendly as they come, an added bonus to any taproom. It is rare to find a brewery that presents such a truly different beer experience. Black Shirt Brewing has done so in incredible fashion, and left me truly impressed and excited by their beer. I hope all of you take the time to pay them a visit and have a Red Ale or two, and enjoy them as much as I have.
Recommended Beers: Pale Red Rye, Farmhouse Red Porter