The Gist: A former beer writer, Zack Christofferson has spent the past few years using his critical skills to identify and avoid the problems local start-ups have tended to face with respect to supply and demand. As a result, the brewery he opened with his cousin Chad Christofferson just a couple of weeks ago already feels like a hidden gem out in residential Athmar Park, combining a well-thought-out lineup of 16 taps with a laid-back, personal approach to service that makes you feel like you’re kicking it in their garage rather than merely patronizing a business.
Signature Suds: Six year-round beers include a strikingly elegant pink-peppercorn saison and an orange-cream ale that blossoms with a bit of time in the glass, as well as workhorse styles from pale ale to rye stout.
Now on Tap: Among the quartet of seasonals, the snappy Lemon IPA grabbed our attention on a recent visit. But the remaining taps are dedicated to ever-changing small batches that proved an even bigger delight, including the delicate Earl Grey Wit and the deliciously balanced Lavender-Sage Belgian Ale.
The Food: Having recently discovered Brooks Smokehouse Catering at Mu Brewery on East Colfax, we can officially say we’re fans of the Louisiana owner’s honest-to-goodness Southern barbecue. Also making the rounds here are newer names like Street Frites and Churn & Burn, which turns out such funky stuff as pork-belly corn dogs and garlic-dill wings as well as liquid-nitrogen ice cream.
Insider’s Tip: Ask the Christoffersons about their plans to bring in local musicians for collaborative one-off brews. Pretty cool.
902 S. Lipan St.; 303-922-0960