Black Shirt Brewing (BSB) is a brewery that specializes in red ales. BSB is clever with their beers, making reds the base but combining them with other styles like IPAs and porters. Their unique addition to the craft beer scene sets them apart from other breweries in the Denver area.
BSB is located in the RiNo Art District, which is just north of downtown Denver. From the exterior, the brewery looks a little randomly located but RiNo is a growing Denver neighborhood and I am sure BSB will continue to be successful in this area. They have a warm interior with thick wood block tables, brewing equipment on display, and a garage door that remains open on warm days. They have a funky theme with old school microphone taps, an operating record player and a beer list that is titled “Now Playing.”
Back in October, BSB had their first anniversary so this post is well overdue but I have been excited to introduce them to those that have not experienced their brewery yet. Brothers, Chad and Branden, and Chad’s wife, Carissa, started the brewery. They are all so friendly and passionate about their work. I have spoken with Chad the most and he is always kind and welcoming.
These intriguing glasses have probably kept you patiently waiting (and reading hopefully!) to find out what they are all about. Our sense of smell goes hand in hand with our taste buds and since BSB wants you to have the perfect experience with their beer, they serve it in offero glasses to allow you to really smell the beer while tasting it.
Recently, they had a Coffee Red Porter and a Chai Red Ale on tap. These were two unique and delicious beers. On this particular night, Lucille’s hand crafted artisan confections was serving s’mores with beer-infused marshmallows :D
One of their more regular beers I have enjoyed a lot is the 2013 Red IPA. Another favorite was the Red Evelyn Imperial Red Rye IPA. This ale made me sad it would not be back until next August! This beer is brewed to honor their Grandma who was, clearly, a special part of their lives.
They now have a patio which will be great when warm weather comes back around or with our random Colorado warm days, the patio will be used before then! Like most breweries, food trucks are typically there and usually the specific food truck is posted on their facebook page. Though they have been open for a while, they still have limited hours. They are currently open Wednesday through Saturday but make sure to check their website for any changes.
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