Living in Colorado and loving craft beer can be really overwhelming. The number of breweries that are in business and quality of beer being released is like non-other. Sometimes it takes more time than I would like to visit breweries after they have opened. 38 State Brewing Co. opened in 2014 and I have had them on my list to visit ever since. I was finally able to make the trip to Littleton for a visit at 38 State’s tap room and check out the release of their 419.99 Belgian Rye Pale a few weeks ago.
My best beer drinking buddy and I managed to hunt down the tap room that is tucked away in a strip mall (on the far south side) and built into an old garage. It’s not a huge taproom but they really take advantage of the space they have with plenty of seating and room at the bar. Large garage doors allow the warm Colorado sun to light up the room and on warm days open up to the mountain air.
As usual we wanted to try all 11 beers that were offered during our visit. Served up in style appropriate tasters on unique trays crafted from logs. We took our time tasting through a wide range of styles including: IPA, Stout, Blonde, American Amber, Belgian Table Beer and Brown just to name a few.
My beer drinking buddy and I have a routine when we share a taster that has quickly become a tradition. We taste all of the selections then settle in for what we call “The Draft”. This is where we take turns selecting our favorites from the tasters in order to finish off the remaining beer. He got the #1 pick in this draft and without hesitation selected Mile 419.99 Belgian Rye Pale Ale. The beer that was being released in 6 pack cans the day we made our visit. Read more about Mile 419.99 here.
The #2 pick in the draft was mine so I went straight for Two Buttes Double IPA which is described as “being brewed for serious hop heads”. The light copper colored brew with a thin off white head offers up a strong piney aroma with floral hints and a bit of sweetness. Flavor is generally clean including a nice blend of malt with a touch of caramel followed by that sharp resiny bite that all the hop heads love. This is a true double IPA that won’t completely wreck your palate but will leave behind some bitterness.
Overall our visit to 38 State Brewing Co. was great. Our service was welcoming and we had some great conversations about the beer and the fact that I love their options of various Belgian styles. Plus there was plenty of beer in cans to take home. Including #4 in our draft 38 State Red Ale. Read more here. The bottom line is 38 State left us wanting more. Next time we are in the Littleton it will be on the top of our list to stop in again.