Seedstock Brewery – Deep Reaching Roots, Great Tasting Beer
We found ourselves at Seedstock Brewery a couple weeks ago for the Tap it Tuesday event with Shirts on Tap. Despite how crowded it was, the service was quick and friendly. In fact, everyone there seemed pretty friendly. Good beer seems to have that effect on people. The fact that Seedstock is in an area of Denver where parking is not an issue also probably helped elevate the collective mood. Free, no-hassle parking and a great atmosphere – I liked the place before I even had a chance to quench my thirst.
At most small breweries it’s usually not too hard to choose your favorites. There are a couple you really like, maybe a few that are just pretty good and at least one that is not palatable to your tastes whatsoever.
Not so at Seedstock.
There were 7 total in our group and 9 beers on tap when we visited. And not one beer that any of us disliked. We all had our obvious favorites, but we liked all of them to at least some degree. I believe it may have been a first for our group.
Czech Pilsner 5.9% ABV
Straw-yellow in color, with thick white head. Complex and distinct pilsner aroma. Balanced bitterness with a clean, dry finish. Pairs well with a good hike.
The 2 Czechs were high on the list for everyone.
Premium Czech Lager 5.8% ABV
Pale amber in color. Bready maltiness with strong but clean bitterness. Subtle sweetness and dry finish make this beer balanced and refreshing. Pairs well with a pulse.
Zach rounded out his top 3 with the Bohemian Ale.
Bohemian Ale 6.2% ABV
New copper in color with a slightly tart and citrus aroma. Czech Kazbek hops provides an earthy spiciness combined with a slight citrus flavor. Has a moderate hop bitterness at the finish. Pairs well with conversation.
Hefeweizen is one of my go-to styles of beer, and as much as I like them, there is probably an equal or greater amount of dislike of them from Jeff. The Weizenbock, Hefeweizen’s stronger cousin, was just alright to Jeff. I, however, thought it was great.
Ruby brown in color with a light tan head. Dark fruit aroma of plum and prunes is joined with a slight banana nose. Flavor is a combination of dark fruit, spicy cloves, and malty breadiness. Clove spiciness combines with malty sweetness to make this beer very balanced. Pairs well with a slight nod of the head.
The Wheat was my “favorite in training”. There could be days where it might it even take the lead. But not today.
Wheat 4.5% ABV
Cloudy golden in color with a thick white head and slightly fruity aroma. Moderately sweet flavor with a creamy mouth feel and crisp, clean finish. Pairs well with sunshine.
We all enjoyed the Barrel Aged Scotch Ale, but only Jeff and Sarah had it on their win-place-or-show list. It had a lot of great, distinct flavor, but more of a sipper. This is definitely not a beer I would pound – if it were a beer pounding type of night.
Barrel Aged Scotch Ale 9.5% ABV
A smoky toffee and caramel aroma, with a bourbon sweetness. Flavor is earthy woodiness that is slightly sweet. Finish is a balance of earthy sweetness and clean bitterness. Pairs well with a tobacco pipe.
Here at Seedstock Brewery,
We are led by one guiding principle: brew the best tasting beer we can. Along the way we’ve learned a few things – like when to push forward and also when to leave well enough alone. That’s why we start with the same old-world, family recipes that have stood the test of time, but we don’t stop there. Combined with a heartland work ethic, and ingenuity, our barrels pour something uniquely American.
Which is why we took the name Seedstock. It comes from the farming trade – a term that means saving the best of what you have now for planting tomorrow. We use the same concept in our brewing, taking lessons from the past and applying it to what we do today. This approach allows us to craft straightforward beer for folks who like to drink it. And so friends, kick back, hoist up a pint and enjoy a beer that has the most important trait of all, it just flat-out tastes good.
Great beer in a relaxed atmosphere, Seedstock clearly knows what they’re doing. They know who they are, where they are from, and hopefully they will be staying around for a long time to come.