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Brewery of the Week: Happy Leaf Kombucha
October 5, 2015
I did a pretty good job being an adult today. Between laundry, groceries and paying bills I hit all of the stables that make one a fully qualified grown up. I was so good today in fact that rather than going for a post chore pint I would normally enjoy I decided to do something a little more health conscious. In keeping with the commitment I made in the last blog post that I would be seeking out non-beer offerings here in Denver I thought it appropriate to imbibe in a beverage that is meant to make your insides a little happier. As such on my way home this afternoon I sought out Happy Leaf Kombucha to continue my trend of good choices.
For those who are not familiar, kombucha is a tea based beverage that is lightly fermented with a combination of yeast and bacteria. It is claimed that these cultures have a lot of health benefits for the digestive system, much the way that the cultures in yogurt are often portrayed. I have had the opportunity to try Happy Leaf’s Kombucha on more than one occasion as their beverage has become readily available in several brewery tap rooms about town; each time having had the same flavor but nonetheless enjoying the experience. After seeking out the Happy Leaf taproom I was able to try an expanded offering of kombucha types, and was pleasantly surprised by how varied and pleasant the different flavors were. I was particularly taken with the Prickly Citra, made with prickly pear and citra hops, which had a subtle sweetness and a slight hints of citrusy lupulin. The Egyption Rose was also incredibly good, with the signature sweetness of its namesake entangling with the earthy notes of the tea.
While sipping my tulip glasses of kombucha I also took note of the simple but pleasant the environ of Happy Leaf. Taking the steps down into the main area, one is greeted with large white walls covered in local art, and a bar with knotty textured wood. The centerpiece of the room is a sun shaped art behind the bar in which the bar taps are housed. An added bonus is the kitchen and food menu, with something appetizing for just about any demographic (except maybe babies…those jerks are some picky eaters) Adding to the pleasantness of the atmosphere is the staff, who all seemed genuinely kind and happy to be there to chat with you.
My trip to Happy leaf turned out to be a pinnacle of what was a very good day. If you happen to be in RiNo and are looking for a little pick me up, I’d recommend heading to Happy Leaf yourself and make a good choice of your own (now I dare you to make a bad choice and take a drink every time the word “kombucha” is used in this post….). Cheers everyone!