Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery
The Gist: Sporting a classic industrial look personalized by photos and mementos of the owners’ mountaineering escapades, this newcomer on the Downtown/Ballpark divide has an adventurer in seasoned brewer Wayne Burns, who has built a career on making some of the stronger beers in the country — between 15% and 20% ABV. But the "focus on big, rich, intense beers doesn't mean we’re limiting our styles," Burns assures. "I’ll aim for assertiveness even if it’s a session beer.”
Signature Suds: The strikingly balanced Imlay American IPA and the telltale-earthy Spearhead saison are running “neck and neck” as the most popular staples — but the whiskey-barrel-aged First Descent Old Ale, a complex stunner at 15.5%, may best showcase Burns’s aesthetic.
Now on Tap: The Wolf, a black saison, was released Thursday; keep your eyes peeled as well for a soon-to-launch Imperial porter aged in 30-year-old tequila barrels.
The Food: Trucks stop by almost daily — tonight, for instance, Pride of Philly will be slinging cheesesteaks. Bonus: the bar also sells popcorn, nuts and beer fudgesicles infused with the house stout.
Insider’s Tip: If you’ve got an old backpack, new toiletries and undergarments or unopened liters of bottled water lying around, bring them with you next time you come in as a donation to the Jagged Pack Project, which benefits local homeless shelters.
1139 20th St.; 720-689-BEER