Colorado’s Grist Brewing Company
Science nerds sure aren’t what they used to be. Anyone that’s been to Grist Brewing Company in Highlands Ranch can attest to that. Science Based With Creativity is the motto and beer is the game over at Grist. There they pour two kinds of beer. Science Beers and Creativity Beers. So you’d better decide which camp you’re in before ordering a flight. There is no co-mingling of science and creativity within a flight.
Dog friendly and boisterous with an impressive rotation of food trucks and events, it’s still probably the selection of beers that have people flocking to the southern Denver brewery. November 5th marks the 3rd anniversary celebration of Grist Brewing, and soon they will be opening a second location. (You’ve either been there or are curious, either way you should check them out – right about now).
The couple words that all of us at Grist relate to and try to emulate in our beer are, “Science Balanced With Creativity.” We take our core beers, or as we like to call them, our Science Beers, very seriously. We analyze them on the UV-Vis spectrometer for IBU and SRM, we count yeast cells before pitching, we match OG and FG, all that so we can assure every batch is the same and every time you order a Science Beer you know what you are getting. Our Creative Beers, well, those are our one-off, seasonal, specialty beers that we don’t try to match with anything else. We like the Creative Beers to be a little different. A little bit out of style. However, still approachable. — Grist Brewing Company
Talk about ‘Revenge of the Nerds’. The mad scientists at Grist have a pretty sweet gig. The first night our TSL tasting team checked out Grist Brewing Company was a loud and crowded Friday night. (What – you didn’t know ‘This Scattered Life’ had a tasting team? I can already hear the groans from the rest of the “team” if and when they read this. But it’s my blog and I like the sound of it better than “sampling beers with the family”.)
Twice monthly on Fridays, Grist has a Test Tube Release. And according to the gist I got from Grist … a Test Tube is the result of the master brewers stepping aside and allowing other brew staff to get their creative juices flowing. Nectarine Ale was the TTR on our visit.
Apologies to the masters, but I loved the Nectarine Ale. Alas, I was disappointed when I tried to order it on our second visit and discovered that good or bad, test tubes don’t make it on the menu. Turns out the beertender wasn’t being sadistic. The nectarine was partially his creation and his pleasure was not directly related to my pain. (Maybe if I can get enough people to request it they’ll try to recreate it beaker-sized).
Generally speaking, I’m not a sour beer fan. However, the Tartanium Berliner Weisse at Grist was one of the best I’ve tried. Besides Science and Creativity, Tartanium is the other flight available. Three 3 ounce pours with your choice of syrup. I was hoping to add either the Ginger-Lime or Spicy Mango syrup to our Tartanium taster, but those are reserved for full pours and the Tartanium flight.
The Window Tour Hefeweizen was my favorite (next to the one-and-done Nectarine Ale). Jeff was torn between the Niobrara Milk Stout (Nitro) and the Staple English IPA. Zach swears the name didn’t influence his vote for Walter’s White IPA, and Sarah went for the Third Ring Belgian Strong Ale. With the variety of beers available, there is sure to be something to match every beer drinker’s preference. The Grist Brewing Company version of a Mexican punch, Ponche De Burro, was one we all liked and would be a great option for the not-so-much-a-beer-fans.
Our second visit to Grist was a Shirts on Tap event: Tap it Tuesday. If you’re not familiar with Shirts on Tap, it’s a great monthly subscription box for craft beer aficionados. For a small fee you get a custom shirt featuring that month’s local micro-brewery, coupons and special discounted membership events. No shipping and no obligations. (The only catch is there need to be enough beer enthusiasts in your area to support the launch. That or you could call and email under a bunch of different names until they offer it in your city).
Happy hour at Grist is from 3 – 6 every weekday. I’m thinking the trifecta would be a happy hour Friday with a great Test Tube Release and my favorite food truck.
Science. It’s hard to argue with it. You might even say its poetry in motion… and be blinded by it. (Whatever. Don’t be judge-y I came of age in the 80’s.)