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Brewery of the Week: Grist Brewing Co
August 25, 2014
Most of the well known up-and-comers in the Denver brewery scene are often found within the city itself. It is a much rarer occasion when someone tells me about a new brewery that is worth a visit that is situated in the suburbs. This is not to say they don’t exist, several of the previous breweries to be highlighted on the blog have been found in neighborhoods where I would have no other reason to go (i.e. Aurora…..that place is pretty much made out of awful). This week’s brewery falls squarely in this “hidden gem” category and I’m glad to have had a reason to discover what Grist Brewing is all about.
This is a true beer nerd’s brewery, with a lineup that shows the complexity and depth that their brewmasters are able to conjure. Punctuating this was the Firkin Friday offering of Lemongrass and Thyme Tripel which had a perfect balance of the aforementioned ingredients while still retaining the qualities of a good Tripel. The Transition State Kolch was also quite good and a perfectly crisp and refreshing pint to have on a hot day. The very dear friends of mine who joined my on this trip both had the She-Devil Saison, and enjoyed it enough to order a second round before finishing their first.
The atmosphere in Grist is comfortable and unique. The location in a generic looking business complex in Littleton goes with the rest of Grist’s atmosphere, which seems to follow the mantra of function first and slap the form on later. I consider this to be a good thing, and find that this gives Grist an almost movie set like quality (Seriously, I dare you to go there and not have a mental image of an action movie scene taking place by the fermenters with stuff exploding everywhere….all kinds of awesome). This also plays into the previously made statement that this is a true beer drinker’s brewery; with most of the conversation I overheard involving a discussion of the pints in front of people in one form or another. My experience at Grist was genuinely enjoyable and wholly worth the trip to Littleton. If you are will to venture a little out of the way, I’m sure it will be just as great an adventure for you.