Over the weekend a couple friends from the Boulder area came down to Colorado Springs and I served as the designated driver, taking them to a bunch of beer destinations in the central region of Colorado Springs. Our northernmost stop was Trinity, then we went to Bristol/Black Fox, Phantom Canyon, Brewer's Republic, and Rocky Mountain. We ran out of time but Rock Bottom was next. One of the two people I was with that day is Jennifer Morrison, also known as Ales For All, and I met her at the Beer Bloggers Conference last year. She's starting up a beer pub in Longmont and was curious what good things are happening in Colorado Springs that she might be able to have at her pub on occasion. We stopped at Brewer's Republic because they are a new pub, so it was good for her to see a new successful place in action.
Bierwerks, but in the end decided it was too far away, and we didn't really have time to do it anyway. Bierwerks is a brewery just far enough away that it's inconvenient (for me) to head out there and drink beer. They specialize in German style beers and won five awards for their beer at the FoamFest last year. I've only heard really good things about the brewery from a couple friends who have been there, and Eli from the Craft Beer Examiner has sung praises to Bierwerks a number of times since they opened last year. I feel bad for not having visited yet, especially since Alt is one of my favoritist of styles and I have not had an Alt made in Colorado yet, but ultimately it's just far enough away that I find myself not going there. They do have an upcoming Winter Bierfest on Feb. 12th, but I will be out of town that weekend and will once again miss an opportunity to drink there.
So, with this post I am sending a call to Bierwerks to distribute just a keg or two to Colorado Springs. German styles are not something that we get enough of in Colorado, and when we get it, it's not always brewed to style. I welcome a brewery that does it right, and I believe Bierwerks will gain a much bigger fan base if they could get their beer into town here. I would like to see them distribute to Brewer's Republic, Trinity, and A Second Cup, and I would really like to see their beer in the German Restaurants in town as well. How cool would it be to have the server at the German Restaurant recommend a local German Brewery instead of the imported beer they currently serve. If they could pull it off, I'd say they could easily have five or six accounts here in town at a bare minimum. But I just want to see a keg or two for now.
I'm sure Bierwerks has thought of this. I imagine the reason we haven't seen their beer in town is because they are a small brewery. Carol from the Beer Drinkers Guide to Colorado told me that she's inquired about this and believes it's because they can barely catch up with the demand at their own place, let alone trying to fill orders in another town. That is very exciting news, but it doesn't change my mind that I want to see them in town. Their contribution already is helping turn this region into a more known beer destination, but if they can distribute outside of Woodland Park it will only multiply the growing interest in beer made south of Denver. People outside of the region would come here more often and Bierwerks would be a brewery that they talk about when they get back home. Either way, Bierwerks I am sorry I haven't visited yet and I will make a point to do so in the near future.