Sunday, April 27, 2014

Blue Spruce Brewing Co opens in Centennial, CO

Blue Spruce Brewing CompanyThere seems to be a new brewery opening in Colorado every week these days and this weekend, Blue Spruce Brewing Company opened it's doors for the very first time on April 26, 2014. Blue Spruce has been in the works for a couple years now and they located their 7-barrel brewhouse and restaurant at: 4151 E. County Line Road, Unit G in Centennial, Colorado.

Unlike smaller breweries who open with just a few beers, Blue Spruce Brewing opened with 8 of their own beers on tap as well as 12 other guest craft beers and 1 hard cider. Their beer line-up included: a Honey Kolsch, a Red Ale, a Pale Ale, a Brown Ale, a Golden Strong Ale, a Double IPA, an Apricot Blonde Ale and a Doppelbock. The Apricot Blonde and Doppelbock were considered seasonals and the rest were expected to be part of their regular line-up. Guest beers included selections from Lone Tree Brewing, Pikes Peak Brewing, Epic Brewing, Bristol Brewing, Great Divide Brewing and Colorado Cider Company.

The facility has room for a lot of people. Good thing too as the place was packed. They've got a special dining room and bar and out back they have a covered, enclosed patio. In the front they have two large glass garage doors that they plan to eventually open up to a future outdoor front patio.

Blue Spruce Brewing taster flightBlue Spruce is a full brewpub with a full food menu. For the first couple of weeks, they are offering up traditional pub food, but once their kitchen is fully ready, they plan to specialize in Mazatlan-style Mexican food. They will be open 7 days a week starting around 11am each day.

The following is a photo tour of the new facility. There's plenty of tables, lots of flat screen TV's showing all kinds of sports and lots of room to stretch out. Their brewhouse is openly visible to the main seating area and contains a 7-barrel brewhouse and several fermenters. One of the owners Todd McClure told me they already have room for 3 more fermenters in the brewhouse and they expect to get those in later this year. Glad to see they plan on keeping a lot of their own beer in stock.

What ever styles they don't brew themselves, they plan to feature guest beers to fill in the gaps. The beers were solid. Of the 8 Blue Spruce beers, this blogger's favorites were the Golden Strong Ale (11% ABV) and the Honey Kolsch (6% ABV). Also check out the Double IPA featuring some rarely seen hops (Zythos, Calypso and Belma hops).

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