Great Storm Brewing. We arrived to a packed house, there was a line at the bar about 20 deep and there were a few new beers on tap that hadn't been available during the soft opening. Overall, I enjoyed the Nitro Seven Wolves IPA, which was very mango-y, and the roasty Black Bear Zwartbier. A lot of people said they liked the Rum Raisin Stout, but there was too much alcohol heat for me. Another favorite with our facebook readers was the Shine On Belgian Golden Strong Ale, which was aged with oak. Here's a review from our pals at the CS Indy. Most of the beers overall had sweet, fruity esthers that were distracting, something that I think will get worked out in time.
Here's a discussion on the topic with a quote from Natian Brewing in Oregon, "...But I think this un-official (nano) classification has been brought on by the industry "patrons" not by the industry regulators. So it totally means something more than mere numbers or annual production. Nano is in essence the embodiment of "mom & pop" brewing." Mom and Pop is exactly how Great Storm talks about themselves.
The joy of this size system is that you can experiment and have fun, and if it turns out not-so-great, you've only made a barrel of it, or about two full kegs of beer. And Great Storm has eight fermenters, so there's the possibility of having quite a few different beers going at any one time. Keep visiting this place and keep them busy!
Great Storm Brewing is located at: 204 Mount View Lane, Colorado Springs
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