Our service was exemplary, including a friendly introduction from Kokopelli’s owner as well as the head brewer. What’s more, when we tapped the winter ale keg, they gave us a free 5oz taster of the (expensive) sour ale from Trinity (a guest tap). A class act all around.
Additionally, we had a bowl of amazing tortilla chips made with the spent grains from Tommyknocker Brewery up in Idaho Springs. I’d been under the impression that spent grains were only suitable for farm animal feed, but I was wonderfully wrong — it made for some glorious chips.
But how was the actual beer? Well, it was a bit of a mixed bag. Most of the brews we tried were quite good: anything remotely malty (such as their red) and anything leaning toward the dark end of the spectrum (like their milk stout) were all excellent.
Unfortunately, the hoppier beers, such as their white IPA and black IPA were both tainted by an unfortunate strain of hops that smelled like cat pee. I don’t necessarily blame the brewers for having “ruined” these beers because I’ve heard of certain hop varieties that have that distinct odor, but it doesn’t change the fact that we found it pretty gross.
Overall, despite our issues with the hoppy brews, we’d recommend giving Kokopelli a shot. They seem like great people and have provided a lovely tasting room with some nice beers….I’d just suggest they reconsider their choice in hops.