Sep 212022
 
Seal of Approval

Round three with Reverence Brewing Company. Nate, the brewer, was originally from Minnesota, which means he grew up around fine craft root beer which inspired him as he made his different flavors. He also had too many taps. The location of their brewery was originally another, different brewery, that failed, so when he moved in, the equipment was there and they had too many taps to fill with just their beer, so he figured he needed to make a bunch of different root beers. Once again, capital thinking on his part. He makes his root beers a lot like I do, he has a base extract provided by a supplier, but then he adds different sugars and other extracts and spices to make the final products. He mixes them all in the same mixing tanks as the beer (picture below) and then kegs them and taps them up. Now this was the brew I was looking forward to the most, because you know how much I love honey in my root beer. They use wild Colorado honey.

The Body is sweet with a classic flavor profile accented by sarsaparilla and honey with a hint of creamy vanilla. I wish there were a little more vanilla but there’s a complexity to it if you drink slowly. The Bite is mild and smooth, yet present. The Head is decent, tall but fizzes down a little quicker than I’d like. The Aftertaste is a nice honey flavor that builds the more you drink so the honey flavor becomes more and more prominent, which is amazing.

Yum! I knew it would be good. It’s basically their EH + DUBS with honey added in place of some of the sugar, which is just what I love. This is my favorite one yet, and I’m pleased to give this brew my Seal of Approval.

4 kegs

Reverence Brewing Company mixing tanks for the root beer (and regular beer)

Aug 172022
 

The second of four root beers from Reverence Brewing Company. I couldn’t wait to try more (plus I didn’t have a lot of time) so I went back that night after my welcome reception. So this was also the second root beer for the day. The head brewer, Nate, chose to make many different types of root beer because he realized that root beer has several distinct flavor profiles and he wanted to make sure that there would be variety for those different, discerning root beer lovers. Though he said he’d never really had any hard core root beer people before me come in save one father and son (I wonder if they read my blog). This root beer is their darker, herbal brew, the old fashioned time if you will. Thus the dated (pun intended) name. And if you’re wondering why 1840 when root beer didn’t hit the scene till 1876, is that this is styled after the sarsaparillas of old, that were drunk (drank? drunken? drinked?) before Europeans arrived. I am always weary of licorice brews as if done poorly they can be quite overpowering.

The Body is dark with sarsaparilla and licorice flavors. The licorice is on the lighter side so it doesn’t bother me much and it mixes well with the other flavors. The Bite is nice and strong with cinnamon and other spices. The Head is medium but is gone very quickly, sadly. The Aftertaste is spiced wintergreen and licorice that doesn’t linger and ends clean.

Nice! He didn’t overdo it with the licorice and the spices give a nice Bite. It is quite a different flavor profile from his classic, but it’s still good. Not the best and the Head is worse. I like the other better but this is still pretty good.

Three and a half kegs

The Reverence Brewery at Night
Jul 202022
 
Seal of Approval

I’m in Denver this week for the IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting . Last time I was here it was for EV things, but now I’m doing DERMS things but EVs will be controlled by DERMS so they’re kind of the same. Either way, you probably don’t care why I’m here, you want to know about the root beer. You’ve heard this story before, I go to a place for work, find a brewery and try their root beer. Well this time the brewery in question makes not one, not two, not even three, but four, yes four draft root beers. It’s a good thing I’m here for five days, because you know I gotta catch ’em all. Also I’m not going to tell you the full story of this place today, because I need to fill four posts worth. This first brew is their classic flavor, named after some Canadian favorites. The brew master actually lived in Duluth for awhile and if you remember some of my reviews from Duluth and read the name of their root beer like a Canadian, you’ll notice it’s quite the clever and familiar name.

The Body has a nice and creamy classic flavor with vanilla and a hint of aged sarsaparilla that come together nicely to give the delicious nostalgic flavor I love. The Bite is mild, but present, and it finishes nice and smooth. I’d like a little more spice but this has enough. The Head is medium and foams down medium quick, but once again, is good enough. The Aftertaste is slightly minty with vanilla and last just as long as it should.

Yum! It also has a very familiar flavor to some of its namesakes, but not exactly the same. I also think it’s better (at least than the Duluth stand) and really has nothing bad with it at all. It could use a little more Bite and Head, but still a solid brew I’m pleased to award my Seal of Approval. I can’t wait to try the rest of his brews, but you’ll have to wait some weeks to read about them all.

4 kegs

The Reverence Brewering Company root beer taps (and some others)