Some may discover the aggressive panorama intimidating with notable Colorado breweries New Belgium and WeldWerks to the north and Oskar Blues, Left Hand and the Denver and Boulder beer meccas to the south. Berthoud Brewing Company is sandwiched between these craft beer gamers and says, thanks, we’re doing simply high-quality.
“We don’t really feel intimidated or overmatched by the native large guys,” says Jesse Sommers, Berthoud Brewing’s vice chairman. “They clearly dominate the markets right here, however we’re lucky to have quite a lot of educated craft beer drinkers within the space, and there’s sufficient market share to help everybody.”
Berthoud Brewing has taprooms in Loveland and neighboring Berthoud, a 35-minute drive south of Fort Collins and a 45-minute drive northeast of Boulder. The brewery does issues otherwise than quite a lot of close by breweries, Sommers says.
“We concentrate on making clear, constant beer with actual merchandise — no adjuncts, no extracts, no BS,” he says. “Whereas we received’t make the latest, trendiest IPA or brew a clone of an historic beer discovered by Indiana Jones, our patrons and followers like that they’ll rely on us to replenish their fridge with their favourite types.”
A great instance is Berthoud Brewing’s Satan’s Dunkel, a malty, flavorful lager. The beer was not named after the evil man with horns however reasonably a close-by geological formation in Berthoud, a city of about 10,000 residents.
“Spanning the panorama behind our brewery is an iconic rocky ridge, stuffed with superior mountain bike trails, referred to as the Satan’s Spine,” Sommers explains. “Excessive-fives and dirt-crusted smiles are frequent expressions for individuals who have had the pleasure of using there. Satan’s Dunkel is our homage to, and liquid illustration of, this wonderful place, and the unimaginable experiences it has impressed. It’s a bit of darker just like the filth on the paths; it’s difficult however not not possible; it’s a pleasure happening, and it’s one thing you wish to do again and again.”
Satan’s Dunkel largely consists of Munich malt with a little bit of Carafa Particular malt.
“The graceful malt profile is balanced with a complementary duo of hops: Mt. Hood for a touch of spice and floral aromas and Magnum for only a contact of bitterness,” Sommers says. “This conventional dunkel pairs the darkish chocolate-malty sweetness of a stout or a porter with the sleek drinkability of a beer.”
Berthoud Brewing’s best-selling beer is Hearth Scottish. It’s a 7.4% ABV Scotch ale with notes of caramel and cherry smoke.
Sommers favourite is Lowrider Lime, a low-hopped Vienna-inspired lager.
“I simply actually love an ideal lighter-style beer,” Sommers remarks. “The hand-zested limes and salt add a crisp refreshing end that retains me coming again to it.”
Equally, Berthoud Brewing assists within the welfare of native communities and needs locals to really feel the brewery is a spot to return again to. Final month, the brewery donated greater than $5,000 and offered different suport for constructing Berthoud’s first absolutely accessible park, a undertaking spearheaded by the nonprofit group Can’d Aid.
“We love to provide again to our group and at all times do our greatest to accommodate everybody,” Sommers says. “I couldn’t imagine that, with all the event and development in our space, the closest ADA accessible playground was 40 minutes away. That looks as if such an oversight. I hate to see any group of individuals be uncared for, particularly when it includes youngsters with particular wants.”
Berthoud Brewing, which expects to provide 2,500 barrels this 12 months, “is all about group and household, and our mission has at all times been to offer a welcoming place that delivers actual beer for actual individuals,” Sommers says. “We’re honored and proud that locals and regulars name us their neighborhood spot. We love that folks really feel comfy bringing their youngsters and canine to sit down on the patio and drink some very approachable beers.”
The brewery is not going to “chase the tendencies” and received’t make beers “like Gummy Bear Margarita Pomegranate IPA,” he provides. “We wish to make the beers you carry to the cookout to share with your loved ones and maintain within the fridge to get pleasure from on the finish of daily.”