At a recent festival I tried two beers from Big Choice Brewing. They had their Disconnected Red Ale and #42 Poblano Stout on tap. I was very impressed with both of these, and I decided I needed to get to Broomfield to check them out and sample some of their other brews. So on a snowy Saturday I drove up and hung out in their tap room.
Having only sample pours at the festival, I had to get more of the Poblano Stout. Stouts are my second favorite style of beer, and I’m especially fond of those that are different…ones that have that unique something that makes them stand out. And the #42 Poblano Stout has just that: packed with chile flavor yet mild, which is new to me; all the chile beers I’ve ever had are hot and spicy, but true to the nature of the poblano, this one doesn’t burn.
I don’t love all red ales. Many I’ve had are very “blah” and lacking in flavor. The Disconnected Red, however, is excellent. At 84.5 IBUs, it is even hoppier than their standard IPA–the Type III IPA–which has just 48.2 IBUs. I never thought I could enjoy a red this much, but Big Choice surprised me! I liked it even more than the Type III IPA. And speaking of IPAs…the Hemlock Double IPA is amazing! At 9.5% ABV and 104 IBUs, I couldn’t ask for a better hoppy beer. There is nothing about the Hemlock I don’t love.
Now that I have had four of Big Choice’s beers, I can say without a doubt that this is one phenomenal brewery. Living in Denver I am well aware of the fact that there is a ridiculous number of great breweries in this city. But Big Choice is so good that I am more than willing to make the trek to Broomfield to get a growler of any of their heavenly beers. I highly–repeat–HIGHLY recommend this brewery. It is a quick drive for anyone living in the Denver-Boulder area, and if you like fantastic beer, you must get to Big Choice Brewing ASAP!