So...finally have these things going...hopefully I'm using them correctly
Brewery of the Week: Zephyr Brewing Co.
February 24, 2015
This past weekend turned into a rather large act of defiance on my part to nature’s attempts to spoil long established plans and some much needed relaxation on my part. While I normally am all for an excuse to sit in my pajamas and have a Netflix marathon this weekend was different. I was craving good company, good coffee and most of all good beer. As my last few attempts at finding a brewery worthy of mention on the blog ended up being disappointing to say the least (yes, there are in fact breweries in Denver that are just not good. Names will be withheld to protect the innocent….and those with bad taste) I went on this latest endeavor wary of the possibility of disappointment but refusing to give in to any apathetic notions. It was with this caution optimism that I locked the hubs on the trusty Pathfinder and made my way to Zephyr Brewing Co.
After arriving at my destination and perusing the wares on tap I found that the menu on Zephyrs website didn’t do their creativity justice. I started with the Green Apple Blonde with a perfect balance of crispness from the apples and sweetness. Moving on to the Cherry Lambic, this offering had a surprisingly perfect amount of cherry tartness and hints of chocolate at the back of the pallet. While these were both good, the biggest surprise on the menu ended up being the Wit (a beer that I generally have an aversion towards) which was absent of the normal cloying coriander flavors found in so many whitbiers and in its place a pleasant lemony presence.
In terms of atmosphere, the environment of Zephyr was as pleasant a surprise as the beer. The inclement weather had whittled the crowd to a few diehard patrons but this allowed for the full spectrum to be taken in. Tucked away in a corner of RiNo (or Ballpark, a little fuzzy on where the border is for those two) Zephyr is as comfortable as hanging out at a friend’s house while still retaining the kind of casual cool that one expects from an up and coming place in that area. A silver lining to the sparse crowd was an opportunity to take a look at the brewing setup guided by the owner Rich. This turned into an extended conversation over a pint that turned up some common places in our pasts and shared brewing interests. Add a great soundtrack to the whole experience in the background (which was further proof that I really belong eternally in the early nineties) and it turned out to be a great way to spend an evening in the snow.
Overall the beer, the atmosphere and the good conversation made Zephyr a place that is on my shortlist of places I will be returning to in the near future. If you stop by and give them a try I’m willing to bet they will be on yours as well.