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Brewery of the Week: Living the Dream Brewing Co.
September 15, 2014
This week’s brewery comes as a recommendation by way of the form on the blog from Nick (who didn’t leave his last name….maybe he just goes by one name….you know like Bjork). I always enjoy these types of recommendations when I get them and make an effort to follow up on them whenever possible. In this case, I very likely would never have known about this shiny new player in the local beer scene without the tip off from Nick, and I would have been worse off for it after experiencing Living the Dream for myself.
The level of ingenuity found in the beers at Living the Dream displays an aptitude not often found in breweries open for such a short time. The Belgian Brune in particular had a near perfect balance between the flavors of the malts and the unique “bready” qualities of the yeast that was used. One of the more unique and clever things about this brewery is Randall, the water filter-turned infusion chamber. While this has the potential of being a simple gimmick to try and stand out, I found that it was truly something that added value; In particular the cherry wood smoked porter that was run through the hatch chilis in the chamber took on a different flavor and aroma that was subtle and complimented the smoky and nutty flavors in the porter.
The environment of Living the Dream screams ski lodge, clearly reflecting the personality of the breweries proprietors; and like the atmosphere of a ski lodge there is a cozy, homey feel to this place. The location also makes it feel as though you have stumbled across someplace that is a secret of sorts, adding to the appeal of having a few pints there. The staff/owners are some of the most relaxed and friendly people I’ve come across in a brewery (and that’s saying something…brewery folks are generally more relaxed and friendly than everyone else). When it came time to pay my tab and go, I found myself truly reluctant to leave. I wanted to stay in the comfort of this taproom full of friendly people and have another pint or two or three. If you are willing to make the trek to find Living the Dream, I’m sure you will leave feeling the same.