*Publishers Note- Ask anyone who’s lived in Colorado for any length of time and they will tell you in no uncertain terms that brewing craft beer is definitely an art form. Being fans of the foamy brew we completely agree. We scoured the state and found one of the coolest and most knowledgeable afficionados out there. She calls herself the Colorado Beer Girl and she has agreed to write our beer column. With our inaugural print issue we showcased Epic Brewing. While the business originated in Utah, the opening of their Denver brewery and taproom has created no small amount of buzz in the RiNo district. READ THE ORIGINAL PIECE HERE. We continue the story below with a review of two of their Denver-exclusive styles. Please also visit our beer editor at coloradobeergirl.com
Epic Brewing produces many different styles of beer. On a recent visit, there were two I found particularly interesting.
The Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout, aged in bourbon barrels, is a strong beer at 12.1% ABV. This is one of the thickest, darkest beers I’ve ever seen, with an appearance similar to motor oil. And it’s delicious. It’s full-bodied, coffee forward in taste, also some dark chocolate. I don’t get the bourbon up front as much, though it’s definitely there in the aftertaste.
Big Bad Baptist is the perfect dessert beer (though I could drink it any time of the day). It’s like an alcoholic version of a chocolate mocha. Chocolate, caffeine, and alcohol all wrapped up in one–my kind of beer!
I’m fairly new to drinking saisons. I just never liked the ones I tried, so for a long time I simply I avoided them. But now I’m finding that some of the fruit saisons appeal to me, and Epic’s Sour Apple Saison fits into that category.
While the sour apple notes are noticeable, I find the spices are more dominant. I’m not sure what all is in there, but I get a hint of clove. The combination of sour apple and spices reminds me of a tart apple pie. Drinking this beer makes me wish I had a scoop of vanilla ice cream to go with it.
Apparently, Epic’s beers remind me of food. Which makes me think…perhaps I should incorporate some of their beers into recipes in the near future. Big Bad Baptist brownies? Sour Apple Saison vinaigrette? The possibilities are endless.
(Beer images from letspour.com)
Visit Epic Brewing in Denver:
3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
Monday12:00 – 10:00 pm
Tuesday12:00 – 10:00 pm
Wednesday12:00 – 10:00 pm
Thursday12:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday12:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday12:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday11:00 am – 9:00 pm