Grand Junction, Colorado is my stopping point for the week. Colorado in general is synonymous with good craft beers. Grand Junction is blessed with 3 local breweries and a couple more in nearby towns.
Kannah Creek brewery was my first stop for lunch on my first day. I ordered the beer sampler expecting to provide some input for the choices. They offer 10 brewed in-house brews. I expected 5 small glasses of beer. I was partially correct. The beers were small, about 4 ounces. The beer count was 10, one of every offering! A man has got to do what man has got to do! (any English majors cringing right now?) Seven everyday brews and 3 seasonals. I worked my way through this daunting task.
The Seasonal pilsner was just ok. Good lace easy to drink beer
ESB Extra Special Bitter It was pleasant with good lace and not overly bitter.
Indian Creek Brown ale like a mellow Newcastle
Island Mesa Blonde was a nice and easy to drink best suited for my wife who likes Blonde Ales.
High Side Hefeweizen is very nice, it puts Bluemoon to shame! Well made beer! Kathy, you would definitely like this one!
Lands End Amber very drinkable beer, feels and tastes more like a session beer with body but not exceptional.
Broken Oar IPA The dry hopping is evident in both the nose and on the tongue! It was one of my two top choices.
Standing Wave Pale The ale was smooth in the mouth, had a nice aroma and was a pretty tasty IPA.
Pigasus Porter I like it. Not over to top with the heavy roasted flavors- subtle flavors of roasted malt and chocolate. I would like another pint of this one!
Black’s Bridge Stout- It was the last beer i sampled. The warming of the beer while I worked my way to it was perfect. Velvety feel in the mouth and the flavors are subtle but distinct. The nitrogen head on this beer lingered well.
Katrina was my waitress and beer guide. Awesome beer knowledge and definitely the free spirit – just back from working the summer in Alaska. Interesting young lady!
Now off to Rockslide Brewery to sample their offerings. I have heard good things about the Ale House so I may have to flip a coin!