Thursday, October 18, 2012

Give a Prost! to beer in Denver

Prost PilsWhen in Denver, do what others do - visit breweries! And recently, an opportunity to check out Prost Brewing Company came up. This brewery recently opened earlier this year and already this new brewing and tasting facility has attracted a lot of attention. This particular visit happened during Denver Beer Week and also the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and it so happened that this place was a buzz with thirsty visitors.

The brewery is fairly easy to find and get to. Prost Brewing is located at 2540 19th Street in Denver, just off the 20th Street exit of Interstate 25 on the west side. Once you exit I-25 onto 20th street, head west and turn left immediately and you can't miss the big green building with the bright red Prost Brewing letters on the side.

Prost Brewing Company was founded by Bill Eye (the beer guy), formerly of Dry Dock Brewing Company. Bill went all the way over to Germany to obtain some 50 year old brewing equipment from a closed German brewery and at great expense managed to ship a huge 70 barrel copper brewing system all the way here to America.

Prost BrewingOutside the brewery, there was a nice spacious fenced in patio with several picnic tables with umbrella shades and a lot of parking in the gravel parking lot just off the street. From the patio, you get a great view of downtown Denver skyline.

Once inside, it's like you've been transported into an authentic German beer house. Colorful banners drape the ceiling, several long bench tables with room for plenty of guests, a back meeting room with even more seating, and a bar offering more seating with a tap system offering up to 10 house and guest beers.

Prost tapsProst Brewing specializes in authentic German style beers. I found four house beers on tap including: Prost Pils - their flagship German pilsner, Weißbier - a Bavarian Hefeweizen, Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier - a dark amber lager, and Marzen - an Oktoberfest brew. They also had 2 guest beers on tap including Dad & Dude's Dank IPA and the resurrected Helles beer recipe from Tivoli brewing. They also offer growler fills as well and come pre-filled waiting for you in 64-ounce dark containers.

I was pleased to see that each Prost beer was served in stylish proper glassware. I ordered their pilsner and was given a nice tall gold rimmed pilsner glass full of the light colored brew. Other glasses included hefeweizen glasses and glass steins.

During my visit to Denver, I managed to try both the Pils and the Weißbier. Both were superb beers. The pilsner had a nice crisp clean pilsner taste and the hefeweizen was orange and cloudy with a big banana and clove aroma. Both delicious!

Prost brewhouseDown a hallway to the left as you enter the front door, you can take a view of their brewhouse. Their big brewing system is elevated onto a large platform. The brewhouse was closed off so I wasn't able to look around much, but did manage to spy several large fermenters and a huge shelving system full of enormous sacks of grain.

The place had a very friendly feel to it. The room was packed with visitors. Some were playing a large lifesize game of Jenga made out of 2x4's. Our server warned us to keep our glassware away from the Janga blocks as they had been known to crash and break their glassware in recent days.

Prost BrewingAfter the beers, I headed outside to soak up some sun before leaving. It was the perfect sunny and warm fall day. I could see Coors Field from the patio and hear the roar of the cars along I-25. If I looked in just the right spot, I could just barely make out the sign across the highway over at Denver Beer Company.

Prost Brewing was a nice friendly and popular spot. Their beers were all well made, the staff was terrific and everyone there seemed to be enjoying themselves. It's a great place to visit just outside of the downtown area to enjoy a beer after work or during the weekends. I look forward to returning their again soon and trying more of their German beers. Prost!

All images courtesy © 2012 David Butler and Click to enlarge.

Prost Brewing Company
2540 19th Street
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 729-1175
Twitter: @ProstBrewing

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