We are always looking for a new brewery to visit and in January we stopped by Kokopelli Beer Brewery on the weekend which happened to be their 1st Anniversary. Kokopelli is named after the fertility god who presides over childbirth and agriculture so the logo for the brewery represents the owners twin daughters and the two ways of enbridating at the taproom with a bottle or mug.
Kokopelli Beer Brewery is owned by a sole woman, Christine Wares who has been a homebrewer for many years. She homebrewed with current head brewer Rick Holt and assistant brewer Casey but Christine eaves that job to them now. Christine is busy running the day to day business of the brewpub. Kokopelli Beer Brewery is also a restaurant with a menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and pizza. Kokopelli Beer Brewery in located in a small strip mall in Westminster which is 30 minutes from Boulder and 25 minutes from Denver.
|Brewers, Casey and Rick|
|Christine Ware, founder of Kokopelli|
We arrived early not realizing it was their 1st Anniversary party which they celebrated all weekend. The place wasn’t crowded so we were able to get a seat at the bar. I was overwhelmed with how many of their beers were on tap plus the special tappings for the anniversary party. Did I mention that they are only a year old? They had 17 beers on tap that includes their house ales and the rotating beers. They also have a totally gluten free beer. For the anniversary party they also had 7 special tappings which is what got as a taster set.
Of the 7 beers, I liked the White IPA at 6.9% ABV, it was had a nice fruity flavor with just a slight bitter finish. And you know, I don't drink IPA's often if not at all. The Oatmeal Stout, was sweet and a solid beer of that style and only 5.8%ABV. The beer that I really enjoyed was the Coffee Moose Kiss, a 5.3% ABV chocolate raspberry stout infused with coffee beans.
|Coffee Moose Kiss.|
Larry’s favorite was the double IPA, a whooping 9.0% ABV. He said it has a nice grapefruit head and flavor that he likes. The brewer, Rick Holt, said it was made with 100% Simcoe hops.
We ordered the large warm pretzel with the spicy beer cheese dip and mustard, it was really good.
I really was impressed with this small brew pub’s beer and the service was pretty good too considering it was their 1st anniversary. When we left, the taproom was getting busier.