River North Brewery is one of Denver’s newest breweries, and when we visited on a Saturday afternoon they proved to be one of the friendliest as well. As soon as we walked in we were greeted warmly and asked if it was our first visit. When we told them that we were River North virgins, they offered us a quick description of their brewery and their beers. River North Brewery makes Belgian style beers. They had 7 on tap, plus a more aging away in whiskey and chardonnay barrels that would be tapped soon. They offer growlers for most beers and bombers for others, so you can take some River North home with you. We really appreciated all the information we were offered. It saved us a lot of questions and allowed us to focus on what was most important – the beer!
Tasting River North Brewery Beers
We decided to try River North’s two beer flights: the Mainline Flight (their 4 standard brews) and the High Gravity Flight (the powerful stuff!) Jeff was dying to jump right into their Hypothesis Double IPA, however we are nothing if not ordered and civilized. Seriously! So we enjoyed the beers in the order they were presented. Here’s our quick rundown of what we can remember about the River North Brewery brews:
- Hello Darkness Black IPA (55 IBUs, 6.2% ABV) was a really good, malty IPA. A bit of a burned coffee flavor, but not in a bad way (does that make sense?). It was very tasty.
- River North White Witbier (20 IBUs, 5.0% ABV) was very mild. It would be a great summer beer since it was so easy drinking and delightful. It went down quickly, and was the first beer we finished.
- J. Marie Saison/Farmhouse Ale (23 IBUs, 7.5% ABV) I’m not always a fan of farmhouse ales but I loved this one. Yum! We tasted a hint of clove in the finish that was really nice.
- BPR Belgian Pale Red (64 IBUs, 6.4% ABV) This was a hoppy one! It sneaked up on us, with very little hop aroma but a big hop flavor punch. Very tasty.
- Hypothesis Belgian Double IPA (130ish IBUs, 9.0% ABV) Again, not much hop aroma but quite the hop kick! It was much more balanced that you’d expect with such a high IBU.
- Quandary Quadrupel (24 IBUs, 9.6% ABV). This one was good, but at this point we were slacking on the notes. It must have been good, because we finished it off just fine!
- Unified Theory Oaked Imperial Wit (23 IBUs, 8.5% ABV) Yummy! It was a yeasty wit, and we couldn’t quite put our finger on the flavor. Of course, after the 6 preceding beers, maybe we were a little too buzzed to remember. Next time, we’ll reverse the order and provide better notes.
Favorites: Jeff loved the Hypothesis, but that’s no big surprise. I was really smitten with the J. Marie, closely followed by the River North White. Overall, we thought all the beers were pretty damn good. With such great beers, a friendly staff and an awesomely cozy tasting room, we will definitely be back to River North Brewery.
P.S. Fat Sully’s was there serving up slices of their incredible pizza. Oh, why did we eat before we went out? (Sigh….)