In German, the word means “cheers” or “bottoms up!’ and is delivered as a toast to wish good health to one’s drinking companions. In Denver, Prost now has a second meaning, as a place to visit when you want to enjoy some delicious, authentic German beer. We joined Prost Brewing for their grand opening celebration on August 23rd and learned a little about this new brewery and what makes them stand out from the rest.
Our Visit to Prost Brewing
We’ve been long anticipating Prost Brewing. Perhaps it’s because we could watch the construction taking place just off I-25, or more likely it’s because when we visited the Prost website we quickly realized that this place was going to be deliciously different from our other local brew spots. Unlike many Denver breweries that brew up a little of everything, Prost Brewing is focusing only on traditional German beers. To ensure they make the most authentic German beers, they even went out and purchased their equipment from a recently defunct brewery in the Bavarian region of Germany. During the Grand Opening, brewer Bill Eye gave tours of the brewery to show off the equipment they acquired from Germany, shipped to the states, and reassembled in Colorado. If you get a chance take a tour just to see the copper kettles. They are as beautiful as they are functional, with dials and levers that seem intimidating to novices such as us, but clearly result in a first-class German beer.
Outside of the brewery, the tap-room is large and open, with community tables and traditional beer hall decor, including flags of Germany and the familiar blue and white checkered pattern of Bavaria. Outside is a biergarten with picnic tables and a food truck. There’s no schnitzel or sausages on site, but they do offer pretzels and promise to have a food card parked outside most of the time. During their grand opening, the fine folks from the Rackhouse Pub were on site serving up delicious brats.
Clearly, the brewery and tap house were amazing, but what about the beers? First, I should clarify that we’ve never been to Germany and, until this visit to Prost, we had little to no knowledge of German beers. But if all German beers taste as good as they did at Prost Brewing, we may need to schedule an Oktoberfest trip to Munich soon! We knew from the website that Prost was offering four beers. Three would be standard offerings: a Dunkel, Weißbier, and Pils, while the fourth would be a seasonal brew. I started with the Dunkel: a dark reddish-brown beer with a nice creamy head, that had a wonderfully smooth, rich malty flavor. It was one-and-done for me because I loved this beer so much I never ordered anything else. Jeff decided to try to the Weißbier first, a Hefeweizen. Given Bill Eye has won medals for the Hefeweizen he created while at Dry Dock Brewing you knew this was going to be a knockout beer. The Weißbier did not disappoint, with flavors of banana and clove, and with a deliciously sweet and spicy. We never tried the Pils, nor did we try the seasonal “Batch One,” which we told was the first batch off the line. Batch One was intended to be a Weißbier but came out as something darker than your traditional Hefeweizen, so it became something all it’s own. From what we heard of those who tasted those other two brews, there is no such thing as a bad beer at Prost. Everything was delicious.
I expect big things from Prost Brewing. I hear that they already serve their beers on tap at a few bars around town and that they even sell fresh growlers at Mile High Wine & Spirits. Still, if you want to experience Prost Brewing, I recommend you visit the source. Prost was fun, friendly, and despite the number of great breweries in town, is already one of our favorites. We’ll be back again, soon & often.
To see more photos of our visits to Prost Brewing, as well as our other adventures, visit our Flickr page HERE.
Until next time – Prost!