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From: hplabs!gatech!!raven!rcd (Dick Dunn)
Subject: Boulder gets a brewery
Date: 1990-05-03 08:10:40 GMT

It would appear that Boulder--which is certainly the center of the universe
for homebrewing--finally has a real brewery. I've complained far too much
about the Boulder Brewery and their underhopped, overcarbonated, funky-
tasting beers (always overchilled at the brewery, to add injury to insult).
But now we have the Walnut Brewery in downtown Boulder. I doubt they'll be
selling anything off-premises for a while, if ever, but in the meantime
it looks like it's worth a visit if you're ever here in Homebrew Central.

I braved the opening-day crowds at the new brewery and tried to find a
spot momentarily quiet enough to contemplate a taster's flight of four
beers. (I didn't go for all six; I didn't have the time or concentration.)
The beers are all well made, generously hopped, in good balance, and clean.

The beers I tasted:
Buffalo Gold - about MoR in what's become a typical west-coast style
pale ale, with just the right amount of the obligatory Cascades in
the finish.
Big Horn Bitter - serious bitter amber ale. Nice body, drier than
the Gold but still an interesting finish.
Old Elk Brown Ale - light brown, reminiscent of a dark Munich lager
with ale character laid on top.
Devil's Thumb Stout - very dry, substantial stout. May have a bit too
much dark roast; I'll have to retaste this one but I'm looking
forward to it.
The beers I didn't taste: Swiss Trail Wheat Ale and The James Irish Red Ale.
(The names all refer to local stuff.)

Coming out of the gate, six beers is good. I think they can expand to

They're off to a good start. I hope they make it...Boulder has too many
people serious about good beer not to have a good local brewpub.
- ---
Dick Dunn {ncar;ico;stcvax}!raven!rcd (303)494-0965
or rcd@raven.uucp

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