What a weekend! Friday night was all tornadoes and hail, Saturday was beautiful and sunny, and Sunday was just plain lousy. The spring and early summer weather in Colorado is like being on a rollercoaster in the dark – you never know what’s coming next. If we’re being honest this weather pattern is getting a little tiring. We are more than ready to have some boring, predictable weather. We look forward to complaining about the heat. Hopefully, this weekend will finally bring some summer weather to Denver. However at least no matter what the weather brings, at least we always have a beer.
Denver Pearl Brewing Company
Mother Nature showed some love for Denver Pearl Brewing Company and blessed them with Chamber of Commerce weather for their Grand Opening on Saturday. Denver Pearl Brewing is located in the bustling Platt Park neighborhood on South Pearl Street in Denver. The site seems perfect for a craft brewery, and we more than happy to stop by and check them out.
September 2014 update: The Denver Pearl Brewing Company was forced to changed their name to avoid potential legal issues. The brewery formerly known as Denver Pearl Brewing is now called Platt Park Brewing Company. The location, ownership, and beers are the same; only the name has changed. We wrote the post below before the change, therefore, it still reflects the original name. We have updated any links to ensure they connect to the correct website and social media accounts.
When we arrived they Denver Pearl Brewing has just opened, and we were practically the first folks in the door. (Eager, much?) The space is really nice, with lots of seating and a window where you can peek into their brewery and see their 10-barrel system. The taproom has lots of large tables, perfect for gathering with friends. They have a bunch of games to enjoy if you feel like hanging out a while. They even have non-alcoholic sodas for the kiddos that may tag along with you. At the bar, you’ll see a vintage cash register, in homage to the cash register store that previously occupied the space.
Like many craft breweries, Denver Pearl Brewing doesn’t serve food. However, there are many fine restaurants along Pearl Street so finding some delicious grub is not an issue. We enjoyed lunch at the nearby Park Burger before our visit. Next time we’ll just grab our food to go and bring it over with us.
We started our Denver Pearl Brewing Company beer tour with their taster paddle, a sampler of 6 beers for $9.00. Included in the sampler was the Ash Valley Wheat, Astronaut Amber, Drop It Like It’s Hop Rye IPA, Gump’s Lager, Phaded Pale Ale, and Nitro Milk Stout. It was a nice variety and all the beers were excellent and very drinkable. I loved the Nitro Milk Stout, which was creamy and delicious with a hint of vanilla. Meanwhile, Jeff enjoyed the Drop It Like It’s Hop Rye IPA, not just for the cool name but for the delicious rye flavor. However, our unanimous favorite Denver Pearl beer was the Phaded Pale Ale. Phaded was well hopped, with a deliciously in-your-face citrus aroma and bitter finish. The hops in this beer were much more up-front than in the IPA, and overall it was just a great beer. It was so delicious that we each enjoyed a full pint after our sampler. Drop It Like It’s Hot Rye IPA really hits the spot on a nice sunny day.
Beyond their standard beer menu, we also tried two Denver Pearl Brewery limited release beers. First was the Cherry Royale, a brown ale aged in a wine barrel with cherries. It was sweet, tart and deliciously unique. Next was the Bourbon Stout, a milk stout aged in bourbon barrels. It was amazing. The bourbon flavor perfectly complemented the beer without overpowering the milk stout’s flavor. Both of these one-off beers were amazing. We take that as a good sign of what’s to come from Denver Pearl Brewing. We can’t wait to taste whatever great beers they brew up next.
Final Thoughts on Denver Pearl Brewing Company
Overall, Denver Pearl Brewing Company is a great brewery in an already wonderful neighborhood. As if we didn’t already have zip code envy, now we really wished we lived in this neighborhood. Sigh. For now, we’ll just work on finding plenty of excuses to get to this part of town so we can pay Denver Pearl frequent visits. Go check them out for yourself, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Denver Pearl Brewing Company
1875 South Pearl St
Denver CO 80210