Brew Scene: Palisade Brewing Company serves suds in Colorado’s Wine Country
WHAT: Palisade Brewing Company
WHEN: Opens daily at 11 a.m.
WHERE: 144 Peach Ave., Palisade
Tucked away in Colorado’s Wine Country is Palisade’s only brewery — Palisade Brewing Company. It’s located 200 Peach Ave.
“It’s fun to be the beer in wine country,” said Evan Linko, marketing manager for Palisade Brewing Company. “With 20 some wineries in the area, folks need food and beer after wine tasting all day.”
Danny Wilson, head brewer, has been with Palisade Brewing Company since its inception in 2005 when it was formerly known as Palisade Brewery. In 2010, the business officially changed its name.
“I love the diversity of flavors,” Wilson said of his brewing style. “There is no end to the flavor combinations to use. If you can imagine it, you can create it — with a lot of trial and error — and I love that about brewing.”
According to Linko, Palisade Brewing Company sells canned beer, including its flagship Dirty Hippie dark American wheat beer, at area liquor stores. Though they’d love to expand can sales on the Front Range, self-distribution limits current reach.
Even so, growth is on the horizon for the small craft brewery. In the coming months, it will expand its barrel capacity by about 15 percent.
“What’s great is that no one will ever get bored with beer,” Linko said.
Palisade Brewing Company offers seven regular beers, including the Laid Back (blonde ale), Dirty Hippie, Hula Hoppie (session IPA), High Desert Red Ale, Off Belay (IPA), Soul Shakin’ (imperial red) and Cashed Out (porter). A 10-ounce glass costs $3, a 16-ounce glass costs $4, and a 20-ounce glass costs $5. Growlers cost $18, then $9.50 for a refill. A four-ounce sample costs $1.
Seasonal brews are also regularly featured at Palisade Brewing Company. Love Potion #5 is currently on tap, as is a Pilsner. Linko describes the pilsner as a traditional beer with a ”grassy taste,” “a bit of hop bitterness,” and a stronger alcohol content when compared to other light brews. It is rated a 5.34 ABV.
The brewery is also currently canning the Soul Shakin’, which is available at local liquor stores and eateries like Pablo’s Pizza.
When Wilson isn’t enjoying beer in Palisade, he often explores craft breweries around Colorado. Some of his current favorites include Casey’s Brewing & Blending in Glenwood Springs and Prost in Denver. He said he enjoys Casey’s for its traditional barrel fermentation process when producing wild ales, and Prost for its traditional brews.
TRY THE FOOD
Palisade Brewing Company doesn’t just offer local brews. It serves a popular food menu as well.
“We try to stick with American, barbecue-style foods that goes well with any beer,” Linko said.
Appetizers on the menu include items like the pulled pork nachos ($10) or Joe’s signature smoked bones ($8.50). Sandwiches offered include the popular barbecue pulled pork sandwich ($8.50-$10.50) or the Reuben ($8.50-$10.50).
Local and regional music is also hosted at the brewery every week.
“I encourage folks to stop in and check us out,” Wilson said.
For more information, visit http://www.palisadebrewingcompany.com.
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