Denver’s Station 26 Brewing is on Fire!

Station 26 Brewing Co.

Nah – Denver’s Station 26 Brewing Co. is not literally on fire. But the Park Hill neighborhood taproom and brewery is pretty darn hotA bit off the beaten path and housed in an old fire station, Station 26 is a bright and cheery place. Surprisingly lively for a weekday afternoon.

Station 26 Brewing Co.

Station 26 Brewing Co.

We stopped by on our way to the airport on a chilly Thursday back in early August. I was headed to Milwaukee for my inaugural Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference (BBC). I was a bit nervous – as I would not know a soul there, and I figured if I was confident about my contribution to the “beer share” …

Yep. Completely aware of how insane it sounds to get a self-assurance boost based on beer choice. Whatever. Call me crazy, but when those nagging little self-doubts tried to permeate my thoughts – I clobbered them with the smug satisfaction of knowing I was a winner … at picking out beer.

Now before you proclaim me completely bonkers, I implore you to sample the Tangerine Cream at Station 26 and then pass judgment. My husband and son prefer IPAs, my daughter loves dark beers, and I steer toward wheats / pilsners / reds. Yet each of us has declared Tangerine Cream as our current favorite brew. Anywhere.

That’s right. Station 26 has a beer that can create confidence, unite families, and end wars. I’m unsure exactly how many barrels it would take for world peace, but don’t we owe it to each other to find out?

Station 26 Brewing Co.

We sampled all of the beers on tap during our visit, but unfortunately for us, the Mango Habanero Gose was fermenting and wouldn’t be ready for a few days. We consoled ourselves with the likes of Juicy Banger IPA and Chocolate Milk Stout – table favorites, (though not in the same league as that Tangerine Cream). Surprisingly, the Kiwi Hop ranked last for everyone – and was the lone survivor once his fallen buddies were carried away.

Station 26 Brewing Co.

Station 26 Brewing Co.

Station 26 Brewing Co.

Station 26 is only distributed locally, so I was pretty excited to purchase crowlers of Tangerine Cream, Chocolate Milk Stout and Juicy Banger IPA to share with my soon to be new friends at BBC. Beers are poured from the tap on request, canned and dated on the spot. Bonus points for freshness.

Station 26 Brewing Co.

Canning machine to the right of the taps.

The only fly in the ointment? Our visit coincided with International IPA Day, and the beertender was steadfast in his refusal to sell me even one crowler of any IPA on this most holy of days.

I was disappointed that my beer blogger friends from around the country would not be able to sample the Station 26 flagship IPA, but I recovered fairly quickly. A belly full of great beer probably helped.

Station 26 Brewing Co.

Station 26 Brewing Co.

The old fire station hoses are not what they once were.

Station 26 Brewing Co.

Be sure to check out our comprehensive list of Colorado breweries, and let us know what your favorites are and why.  Cheers!

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