Our Mutual Friend: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Back in March I attended a play on Larimer at a little theatre called the Paragon. A couple of months ago I tried to look them up to see what was on the playbill, and I couldn’t find any information. After a bit of digging I learned it had closed its doors. I was a little bummed to hear, as it was but a 15 minute walk from my place and something fun to do on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. My disappointment lasted all of about 5 minutes, because I then found out about a new brewery opening up in its spot. Yes! Another new brewery in Denver, and close to me as well! And, while not officially open regular hours yet, I had the pleasure of checking out Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew last weekend.
Our Mutual Friend (OMF), 2810 Larimer, picked an excellent location. That area is already home to some other great drinking establishments: Larimer Lounge, The Matchbox, Meadowlark, Mile High Spirits, etc. So a brewery is the perfect addition to the neighborhood. I walked over on a gorgeous day and was really looking forward to trying OMF. The taproom is bright and comfortable with a glass garage door that opens up to their patio. They had about 6 or 7 beers tapped, and I ordered an IPA. There was an issue with the carbonation at the time and it was pouring somewhat flat. So instead I got a Huckleberry Roasters Coffee Stout. OMG, OMF! (Sorry—I couldn’t resist). I have to say that is one of the absolute best coffee stouts I’ve ever had, and I’m a big fan of coffee beers. I was actually quite glad the IPA wasn’t available, as I then realized I needed a little caffeine to pick me up that afternoon. So I ordered another. It is extremely flavorful; there’s a lot of coffee there, which is just the way I like it. Soon after, the IPA was ready to go so I had one of those. They aren’t messing around with their IPA, folks. Weighing in at 7.1% ABV and 116 IBUs, using all Chinook hops, that’s one hoppy drink right there. I really enjoyed it. And it probably tasted even hoppier to me at that moment since I’d just switched from dark beer, so that was a bonus. I was very impressed with both of the beers.
I hope Our Mutual Friend is open regular hours soon; I’m ready to go back! It’s a nice place with great beer and friendly staff. What more could you ask for?! Thank you, OMF, and I can’t wait to join you again soon.