Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nothing is Verboten about this Loveland celebration

Verboten BrewingThe welcome mat was rolled out on Monday at Loveland's newest brewery Verboten Brewing in a special Industry Night thank you celebration. Verboten opened to the public on January 11th and since then has been busy serving local craft beer. Currently, the small brewery and taproom are open just Thursday through Sunday each week, but has plans to expand their hours further later this year.

Members of the local beverage industry and the media got together for drinks and catered food delights in an effort to thank them for their help in getting Verboten to opening day. The party was well attended by around 90 guests. There were 7 different beers on tap, delicious bites from Fly By Diner and an open brewhouse to showcase their operations.

The beers on tap included: Where's Carl (English IPA), Thinking of Something Orange (Orange Blossom Honey Wheat), Five Second Frencher (Lemongrass Wit), Angry Banjo (Kentucky Common Cream Ale), Midnight Expresso (Coffee Stout), Killer Boots (Caramel Porter) and The Behemoth (Rum barrel-aged sour Porter).

Verboten Brewing taproom

I managed to sample 3 of their beers. First up was the Killer Boots (Caramel Porter) which had a delicious roasted malt taste with a hint of caramel. The staff stated that this beer was their top seller so far. Next up was The Behemoth - a modestly soured barrel-aged beer with a subtle funk and roast aroma. Lastly came the Angry Banjo - a cream ale that had the most amazing creamy / frothy head I'd seen. It reminded me of a nitro tap although they insisted it wasn't on nitro. My favorite was the Caramel Porter for sure. Can't wait to come back and try their other offerings.

The brewery is situated in a small business complex on Taurus Court just off of Boise Avenue in Loveland. Across the street to the north is Dancing Pines Distillery, who by the way supplied some of the barrels being used to barrel-aged some of Verboten's beers.
Co-owner/brewer Joe Akers
The brewery is owned and managed by two couples - Josh and Angie Grenz and Joe and Keri Akers. Josh and Joe act as the brewers and had previously homebrewed together for a long time before deciding to open up the brewery. I had a chance to speak with Joe Akers who graciously showed off his 3-barrel brew system. They have a few 7 barrel fermenters and have room enough to produce double batches. Verboten brews a couple of times a week and manages to keep all of their fermenters working at all times. There were several oak barrels also working on some upcoming small batches.

Verboten brewhouse

Joe stated that they plan to keep offering different style beers all the time, not just a variety of standard house beers. Look for something new coming every couple of weeks. Should business really start taking off, they have the ability to add several more fermenters as well as an option to expand into another room directly south of their existing space behind the brew wall.

Verboten taps

Angie Grenz, aka their Mistress of Marketing, stated that they had gotten about 90 RSVP's for their industry gathering. Reps and brewers from several local breweries were on hand as well as some bar owners and distilleries. There seemed to be a wonderful spirit of cooperation among beer businesses there. Sure, they compete for the same share of the beer market, but they do it in a very non-cutthroat way. The party had a great turnout and there were plenty of beer selection to go around.

Verboten celebration

Verboten will be open to the public again this Thursday with up to 7 beers potentially on tap. They are located at 1550 Taurus Court in Loveland. Visit them on Facebook or on the web at: www.verbotenbrewing.com.

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Killer Boots Caramel Porter Angry Banjo Kentucky Common Cream Ale

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