Monday, May 7, 2012

City Star begins to shine in Berthoud

City Star BrewingIt's the season for brewery openings and one of the first to open in May 2012 was City Star Brewing in Berthoud, Colorado. The brewery was one of two breweries that opened over the weekend of May 4th through May 6th. Fermentedly Challenged got a chance to go visit this new small brewery at 321 Mountain Avenue in Berthoud on Saturday, May 5th and got a chance to talk with the owners and sample their brews.

City Star Brewing is run by John Way and Whitney Taylor. The entire building complex is owned by Whitney's parents: Dan and Rudi Taylor. Together, they renovated the old building. The previous occupant was a furniture store. Historically, this old building was once a barn named City Star. An old picture of the barn hangs inside the brewery.

For their grand opening, City Star Brewing had 6 beers on tap. The list includes such beers as (lightest to darkest):
- Cowboy's Double Golden - strong Blonde Ale - (6.5% ABV - 26 IBU)
- 6 Shooter IPA - an American dry-hopped IPA (5.5% ABV - 47 IBU)
- Red Necktar - a hoppy American Red Ale (6.5% ABV - 43 IBU)
- Bandit Brown - easy drinking Brown ale (5.2% ABV - 17 IBU
- Raspberry Bandit - raspberry infused Bandit Brown (5.5% ABV - 17 IBU)
- The Night Watchman - a smooth stout (6.0% ABV - 28 IBU)

I ordered a sampler and tried each one of them. Fermentedly Challenged recommends the Red Necktar as #1 followed by a close 2nd between the Bandit Brown (nice and roasty) and the Cowboy Double Golden (slightly fruity). The Red Necktar, surprisingly, was the hoppiest beer there, more so than the IPA, and had an excellent hop and malt balance. Hop lovers will also enjoy their IPA. For those who love raspberries, the Raspberry Brown is a sweet delight. The stout was decent and geared towards those who love dark ales.

I got a chance to speak with both Whitney and John who showed me around the place. The brewery itself only occupies a bit less than half the entire building. There is an open hallway leading out of the tasting room into a hallway where other shops will be located. One of the other rooms had a photo booth set up where patrons could get their picture taken during the grand opening. The brewery was posting pictures from that on their Facebook page.

The brewhouse is located in the back behind the tasting room and the cooler. John stated that they were using a 3.5 barrel brewing system and a couple of 7.0 barrel fermenters. They currently brew once a week and plan to step up production very soon to twice a week depending on demand.

The tap system had 10 tap heads where they eventually plan to keep 5 standard beers and 5 rotating seasonal or experimental beers. The tasting room area had room for several dozen people with a few outdoor tables on the sidewalk. If the crowds get big like they did for opening weekend, there are more seats in the adjacent shops area in the same building.

City Star had the Giggling Greek food truck parked outside for the opening weekend. There are also several food shops located on the same block as the brewery and guests are welcome to bring in their food into the brewery.

City Star is very easy to get to. Take exit 250 off I-25 and head west a few miles. Stay on that road (Mountain Avenue) until you get between 3rd and 4th Street, just past the round-a-bout on the main drag and you'll spot it immediately.

City Star is open daily, Monday through Sunday from 2pm to 9pm. As business picks up they anticipate adjusting their hours. You can park on the street or in a near-by parking lot free of charge.

City Star Brewing
321 Mountain Avenue
Berthoud, CO 80513
Phone: (970) 532-7827


City Star brewer - John Way

Video tour of City Star Brewing:

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Related articles:
- Elevation Beer Company to open May 19th 2012.
- Bootstrap Brewing prepares for June 2012 opening.
- Echo Brewing Company celebrates a Grand Opening. (2012)

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