Nearly 500 years ago a law was passed in the Bavarian region of Europe that stated that beer can only be made with barley, water and hops. The Reinheitsgebot, as it is known, was done for safety and economic reasons. Luckily, things have changed since the 16th Century. What was once forbidden is now being embraced, especially in American craft beer culture. A new Loveland brewery is looking to highlight just that, by using ingredients that would not fall into the guidelines of the Reinheitsgebot. Verboten Brewing plans to make the forbidden the norm with beers such as an orange honey blossom wheat, and a salted caramel porter.
While also planning on producing true-to-style standards, such as the Where’s Carl? IPA, they enjoy a “shoot-from-the-hip style”, according to owner Angie Grenz. They wanted their name and their beers to reflect the “creative, fluid industry that seems to reinvent itself all the time”, says Grenz. With their 7 barrel system they should be able to do just that, producing small and diverse batches of beer. Verboten plans to do experimental batches by trying the same beer with different variations, or different forbidden ingredients.
At a recent industry night celebration to introduce Verboten to the community, staff members from Pateros Creek Brewing, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland Aleworks, Odell Brewing Company, Funkwerks, Dancing Pines Distillery, Feisty Spirits and William Oliver’s sipped on forbidden suds. Fly By Diner catering provided amazing food pairings including soft pretzel bites with a bacon jam made with Verboten’s Angry Bango, a dark cream ale. Yes, you read that right, BACON JAM. The sweet flavors from the malt of the added beer balanced the salty bacon in a perfect dip for the chewy pretzels. The catering company even listed suggested beer pairings.
I had a taster of each beer on tap. Five Second Frencher, a lemongrass wit, was amazing. Wit’s are sometimes my least favorite style, but the banana wasn’t over powering and the lemongrass gave it a nice earthy zing. The Behemouth, a rum barrel aged sour porter, and the Midnight Expresso coffee stout were favorites. The coffee stout at 6.7% ABV was poured on nitro, making it a perfect sipper as the snow started falling outside the taproom. Since opening, the best seller has been Killer Boots, their caramel porter. All of their beer names are movie references, none of which I guessed correctly. The way the beers are named should prove to be a fun conversation starter for afternoons in the taproom.
While they have been open to the public for 2 weeks now, owners Josh and Angie Grenz, and Joe and Keri Akers are planning a grand opening celebration this Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 1-9pm. There will be music, giveaways, food trucks and cupcakes. Plus, a few more beers will be released. You can learn more about that here. Normal business hours are Thursday and Friday 3-9pm, Saturday 1-9pm and Sunday 1-7pm. Verboten Brewing is located at 1550 Taurus Ct in Loveland, CO.
Read about my tour of the taproom and brewhouse prior to opening.