Station 26 Brewing is now open in Denver. I stopped by on December 21st, their opening day. Though I was a bit short on time that afternoon, I was excited about its opening and wanted to check it out. Predictably, I started with the IPA. IPA #1 is described as “A smoothly bitter IPA loaded with our favorite hops (Apollo, Simcoe, & Nelson). Flavors of orange, pine, and gooseberries.” It has an ABV of 6.3% and 54 IBUs. I’d say their description is pretty accurate; I definitely picked up on the fruity flavors as well as the pine.
I had time to try one more, so since I was hanging out in an old fire station I decided to go with the Cherrywood Smoked Golden. And smoked it was! It was a bit much for me, as I’m not a huge fan of really smoky beers. But it was very well done and is a must-try for those who enjoy smoked beers. It will not disappoint! They also had a New World Bitter and a Belgian-American Pale Ale on tap, and I have since seen that they’ve added a Kolsch and a Session Stout.
Station 26 is a great addition to the Denver brewery scene. The tap room is nice and spacious and–at least so far–does not have televisions, which is always a plus for me. Everyone has their own personal preferences but I am of the mind that breweries/tap rooms are for sitting down with a couple beers and engaging in conversation, not for being glued to a tv all afternoon. It’s nice to be able to talk without the roaring cheering or jeering when a good or bad play occurs. Whether or not they will add them in the future is to be determined. But, in any case, I recommend stopping in soon to give Station 26 a try!