We have been spending a lot of time close to home and we haven’t gotten out to all of the breweries I had hoped to at this point. But luckily for me, a brewery opened up a few blocks away from one of our other frequent stops. July 4th weekend was Berthoud Brewing Co.’s first full weekend! I saw a bit of buzz for their soft opening and knew I had to stop in.
As the new brewers settle into their new set up, they are brewing on a 5 barrel system with 10 barrel fermenters. I was able to taste four beers, 3 soon to be standards and 1 firkin. 6 standard beers will eventually make it to the tap handles at the bar.
What I loved about about the brewery is the amount of history that was packed within the walls. Most of the wood was reclaimed from barns around Berthoud. There were traces of the trains that brought Berthoud to Colorado all over. You can get a glimpse of Berthoud’s history from the Switch Track Amber description.
“It’s not every day an entire town moves. Not every decade either. But that’s what happened when in 1883 when the Berthoud train depot started getting demands from railroad managers. The officials said the depth of the Berthoud valley and the heavy weight of the loads made it difficult for the train to get out. But that wasn’t the only problem. After the train’s first two years running, engineers just up and went missing when they passed through town.”
My favorite part of going to a new brewery is the staff! Everyone behind the bar (and the staff at the bar) were so excited to answer questions and tell us about their beer. What I learned is that over the next few months, Berthoud Brewing Company is aiming to be a place to hang out and have a few beers. Each beer will be sessionable and full flavored! Hopefully we can get some food trucks in and we can walk hang out for a meal and enjoy the full menu of beers!
Good luck BBC! I can’t wait to see what else you can send out! (Especially the Friday Firkins)
And if you don’t like beer (you might be in the wrong place!), here is a picture of fireworks for you!