The residents of Westminster received a most welcome Black Friday surprise this weekend as the Westminster Brewing Company held a soft-opening in advance of their official grand opening.
Located at 7655 West 108th Avenue, it sits in a small commercial strip nestled in a quiet suburban neighborhood, and is surprisingly cozy considering the environment. With no neighbors on the west side of the building (only a large field of yellow Colorado grass), there’s a relatively unobstructed mountain view for patrons through the west-facing windows.
Inside, the minimal design is more than adequate enough to prevent the serving area from feeling like a typically cold industrial space, and what appeared to be sound-dampening ceiling tiles kept the noise levels to a very tolerable minimum. Unlike many taprooms in this kind of building, there was none of the obnoxious echo that can make volumes extreme and conversation difficult; it’s a feature more breweries would be wise to emulate.
Upon entering, we were warmly welcomed by virtually every member of the staff and subsequently served each of the three currently available brews quickly despite the modestly large crowd.
All three beers on tap were simple and tasty: The 12 Apostles German Ale, The Shiva EPA and the as-yet-unnamed Irish Ale were all mild and accessible without being dull or flavorless. With its soft, malty flavors, the German Ale was a slow-burner that really grows on you as you sip away, leaving me wanting an immediate follow-up pint. The EPA (English Pale Ale) felt a bit more in line with the hoppiness expected from an American Pale Ale, but should appease most fans of the style. Lastly, the Irish Ale had a dark, rich and almost nutty flavor that tasted remarkably similar to a stout yet less bitter; my girlfriend adored it.
For a soft opening, the Westminster Brewing operation was remarkably well organized, and the beers felt more refined than many initial batches often are. It’s been said that one shouldn’t judge a brewery based on the first few batches of brew, but this trio of beers were nothing to be ashamed of. We look forward to the additional styles they plan on making available by the time they “officially” open, and highly recommend discerning beer drinkers in the north Denver area pay a visit to their newest neighbors.