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Brewery of the Week: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
April 20, 2015
Regardless of where you live chances are there is one certain place that fits the niche of many interests you hold in one location. This may be a neighborhood, a contemporary shopping area or someplace old that’s been given new life. For me and a great many other people in Denver that place happens to be The Source, a former foundry located in the RiNo (River North) neighborhood that has been converted into a place for all things delectable. There is a bakery, a butcher, a coffee shop and to top it all off a brewery. While I often find myself in the building for some thinly shaved Serrano or fresh baguette more often than not when I’m in The Source it is primarily to find myself in the very back at Crooked Stave.
For a brewery to stand out in the sea of beer makers that have opened their doors in the Denver area it needs to become synonymous with something different from the pack, which Crooked Stave has done expertly. In particular they have become known as the place to go for sours and with good reason; their lineup includes more than a few wild and sour offerings at any given time. Many of these beers are variations on the same recipe in which subtle differences result in wildly different experiences. In my most recent trip I thoroughly enjoyed the Colorado Wild Sage which has distinct earthiness to contrast the more tart tones one expects from a good wild ale. Another name on the taps that shows the prowess of Crooked Stave’s brewing staff is St Bretta, which shares a citrusy and warm quality across its variations.
The environment of Crooked Stave nothing short of perfect. Transitioning from the larger space of The Source, the aged brick and clean wood behinds the bar feel homey and comfortable. That said, much of the graffiti that was put on the walls during the building’s less fortunate years has been left, giving some context to the past of neighborhood that has only recently started the level of gentrification that has been spreading throughout Denver. On each table you will find a snifter of high quality coffee beans to provide cleansing to the nostrils and allow a more full experience of your pint (and as a snack I suppose, if that’s your jam). As far as people go, both the clientele and staff are as friendly and laid back as they come, especially if you are trying to avoid the normal sports-ball crowd that fills the neighborhood on the weekend. Everyone behind the bar knows what is on tap upside down and backwards and are more than willing to guide the uninitiated through the world of sour beers.
Anyone who enjoys the finer things that can encounter your pallet will appreciate everything that The Source has to offer. If you want to enjoy a pint of some of Denver’s finest beer as you peruse the treasures that you’ve acquired there is no better place to do it than Crooked Stave. Cheers Everyone!