Vol. 8,No. 3 The Rockies Most Complete Beer Coverage! June/July 2010 Jack of all trades Alan Seawright in front of the brick- clad boil kettle. Golden City Brewery’s beer garden, actually the back yard of an historic home owned by the founders and current brewmeisters. Colorado Cooking on Tap ........ 4 Beer Roundup .......... 5 Beer Directory .....10-12 Utah ....................... 6 Montana ................. 7 Idaho ...................... 8 Wyoming ................ 8 Western Slope .......... 13 Central Peaks ........... 14 Four Corners ............. 15 Denver ...................... 16 Upper Front Range .....17 Lower Front Range .... 18 o reach the Central Peaks region from Denver, I often take the scenic route through the historic foothills town of Golden. Once the state capital of Colorado, it now boasts a revitalized central business district, the nearby School of Mines campus and, of course, the behemoth brewery Molson Coors. But if you venture two blocks off the beaten path into the residential neighborhood you will arrive at the Golden City Brewery, affectionately know as the “second largest brewery in Golden”. Started as a basement brewing adventure, it has now expanded to an annual production of 900 barrels. The brewery is not much bigger than a two car machine shop (that’s honestly where the brick-wrapped brew kettle, storage tanks, bottling and labeling equipment are placed) and the reception room has been set up in an adjacent carriage house. Nevertheless this mini-micro has been successfully brewing quality beers for over 17 years, and all by word of mouth! Seating inside is quite lim- ited and bare bones, but most regulars and visitors prefer the side-yard beer garden any way, with its eclectic mixture of furniture, people, dogs, swing sets and camaraderie. The patio is open 365 days a year and it is not uncommon to see a small bonfire T Story and Photos by Jim Mitchell built just to keep folks warm in the winter. Limited pub fare is also served. Golden City Brewery was founded in 1993 by two geologists from the School of Mines, Charlie & Janine Sturdavant (later involved with the famous Cheshire Cat Brewpub in Arvada). The old machine shop behind their historic Golden home was first filled with used dairy tanks used by Charlie to brew German-style ales. The tasting room was originally located in the sunroom of their house. Today Jeff Griffith is the head brewer who oversees the brewing of 6-7 regular beers and several seasonals. Most local hop- heads rave about the Evolution India Pale Ale and its sidekick Stand-up Double IPA, but a truly unique drinking adventure comes via the Centurion Barleywine…it will knock your socks off! These three heavyweights are joined by Mad Molly’s Brown Ale, Lookout Stout, Golden City Red Ale and Clear Creek Gold Pale Ale. The seasonal currently on tap is Javapeño Imperial Stout, boasting a blend of coffee and chocolate malt flavors, kicked up a notch by the zing from chipotle peppers. The beers area available on tap in the tast- ing room and many can also be purchased in bombers to take off-site.