Copper Kettle Brewing Company, one of a handful of new breweries opening in Denver this year, celebrated its opening night on April 22, 2011. This new brewery is located a few miles outside of downtown Denver, on the border of Aurora, a Denver suburb. The location of the brewery is interesting; it is in a small office park located away from any main thoroughfares. It could be hard to find if you don’t know the area.
Opening night was packed. The tap room, which is a decent size, was standing room only. The bar was about 3 deep, so getting a beer was difficult. Once I found a table though, service got much better with servers coming around to take our orders. There was a food truck outside, Chicago Louie’s, which serves Chicago style dogs and sausages.
The tap room is very nice, it has a coffee house atmosphere to it. When you first walk in, there is a set of leather couches setup like a living room. In the front area, there’s a large flat screen TV. The rest of the room includes tables and chairs, and the bar. Behind the bar, the brewery itself can be seen through windows showcasing the brewing equipment.
I started with a sampler of four beers:
- Bavarian Hells Helles – A very light and clean tasting brew with notes of citrus. Refreshing, but so light it was almost flavorless.
- Copper Mezzina Ale – Another light beer, maltier than the Helles. Again, this was so light, it was almost flavorless.
- Dusseldorf Altbier – Malty, some bitterness and notes of caramel. This beer was pretty good.
- Saison Savoureux – Nice citrus flavor and some spiciness. This was by far the best of the 4 I tried. And I ordered additional pints of this afterward. With its high ABV (7.5), I was pretty schnockered by the end of the evening.
I was a little worried after the first two because they were very light and lacking in flavor. But the Altbier and especially the Saison made up for them. The Saison was delicious. I did not order the Summer Ale, but one of my friends (who is somewhat new to craft beer) said it was hoppy. While on the subject of hops…I found it odd that Copper Kettle does not carry an IPA, my favorite style. Also, I was looking very forward to the Mexican Chocolate Stout, but a day before the opening, they announced it would not be ready and would be out a week later instead. This stout is brewed with bittersweet chocolate, chili peppers and cinnamon…it sounds outstanding. I’ll have to go back for it later.
Overall, it was a great experience. I think the atmosphere of the place alone is worth a visit. I can see this as a place to enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a beer in a coffeehouse atmosphere. I don’t have any decent pictures of the inside decor since it was so crowded that night, but their website and Facebook page will have some good pictures that will do the place better justice.
A little side note; we started talking to one of the other patrons at Copper Kettle and learned that there is a Lone Tree brewery in the works. Lone Tree is a Denver suburb known mostly for its large mall. A quick web search turns up a Lone Tree Brewery, but it appears to be a Kosher brewery outside of the U.S. and not the one we were discussing. I’ll keep everyone updated if I find out more.