Got to try a new nano brewery (a little 3 barrel system) in Winter Park, CO - right on the main drag! It is called Hideaway Park Brewery. It is less than two weeks old and the owner (Andy) is a pretty cool dude. He doubles as the bartender in his taster room as well. He spent a quite a bit of time chatting and it was awesome finding out who he was as a person. An engineer in a previous life, he has decided to follow his dream.
As you can see from the board he has some interesting brews and the prices are really reasonable. I tried a flight (he does not call it that - I might have been the first customer to do it) of all six of his current brews in five oz tasters. At $12 it was a great value.
So how were they you ask? Excellent! I can hardly wax more enthusiastic. My favorite was the rye (15% in the grain bill) but all of them were well done and interesting. My wife really liked the summer ale and was sorry that we hadn’t brought my growler.
Island Fever Summer Ale (6.5% ABV) - clean, refreshing and with a slight bite.
Remy Dog Red Ale (5.6% ABV) - a little bit sweet from the malt with some fruitiness on the pallet
Rye Not Try it Stout (7.2% ABV) - the rye in the malt bill is apparent, but not overwhelming, nice roastyness with cocoa up front
Pocket Rocket Red (6.4% ABV) - dry with some caramel and a little bit of bitter on the finish
Witches Tit Wit (4.8% ABV) - nice crispness, a little bit of citrus, a little bit of spicy. Very sessionable.
BruBrew IPA (7.3% ABV) - bold citrus (orange and grapefruit) up front slightly oily hop at the finish (New Zealand hops if I remember right). This will be popular wit the hop heads!
I hope everyone who travels through Winter Park, CO will stop by and try some really great beer and meet a really good brewer.