Yesterday, Graham and I went to Penrose Brewing Company for their brewery tour and a few beers. I found a deal on Groupon including a tour for two so we decided to check it out this weekend. For only $15 we got two beers, a souvenir glass, a growler, and a tour of the brewery. We were both seriously impressed.
We started off grabbing a couple beers while waiting for the tour to start. I went for the Raspberry Dubbel, an abbey ale with raspberries and Graham got the Session Sour with Amarillo hops. We took our beers along for the tour, a behind the scenes look at how Penrose Brewing brews all their beer from beginning to end. Don, our tour guide was perfect. He was funny enough to keep experienced brewery-goers interested and informative enough for beginners to understand the brewing process. I didn’t even realize how much experimenting Penrose incorporates into their beers. With their “Wilds” collection of limited release, uniquely sour ales, and the limited release Bourbon Barrel-Aged ales, they are constantly creating new and exclusive flavors.
After the tour, we received our souvenir glass and growler and headed back to the bar. We grabbed two more beers and snagged seats at the bar to enjoy some time hanging out. This time I had to try the Coffee Tripel with fresh ground coffee, it is one of their small batch beers in their “Tower Taps” which can only be found in their taproom. It was honestly not what I expected, but way better. Light, yet full of rich coffee flavor. Graham was dying to try the Wild W4, part of their “Wilds” collection. It’s an oak fermented and aged sour black ale brewed in collaboration with Woodfour Brewing in Northern California. He was stoked about it, and we ended up leaving with two bottles. Which, I must say have phenomenal packaging. Those labels are beautiful.
Penrose Brewing Company is an awesome place to check out even if you don’t go for the brewery tour. Their taproom is a great space to relax, play some games, and enjoy some amazing beer. From a couple catching up over a flight, to a family enjoying a game of scrabble, it was a fun place to be on a Saturday night filled with good beer and for those lucky enough, an ordered-in pizza. We left with a lot of knowledge about Penrose Brewing, a strong desire to return and some great beer in hand. With the bottles of Wild W4 and a growler filled with the Coffee Tripel, we’ll be reminiscing on Penrose Brewing from home for a few days.
What’s your favorite brewery? Let me know, I’m always looking for breweries in the area to visit!