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The Beer

Our brew system was small, very small. We've upgraded, but it's still small...a 3.5 BBL system. We plan on capitalizing on this by creating very original small batches of beer. We plan on keeping six regular beers on tap and having fun with any others. I want to be able to create whatever comes into my head the night before and whatever someone has convinced me is worth trying. Folks will be encouraged to come in with recipes and/or ingredients...we will do our best to give them a try.
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Here are the beers on tap at the moment:

(* = Gluten Reduced)

Our Flagship Beers:

"Steffie's Heffe": CURRENTLY OUT....BACK SOON! A refreshing Hefeweizen slightly bittered with Galena hop for a light citrus kick and the traditional floral and citrus tones of Hallertau Mittelfruh. The Bavarian yeast gives this light ale some pleasant clove and banana notes which we accent with late addition orange peel and coriander. Our Bavarian friend Steffie, the beer’s namesake, has vetted this beer and she has ensured us that,  “Es ist sehr net”. ABV: 5.5%  IBU: 18

* "Very Nice Pale Ale":Easy drinking ale. Not intensely hop forward, but dry hopped enough with Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic hops to make it interesting.  The boil includes a “Very Nice” bittering with Galena and Cascade hops and then balanced with late addition of Mosaic hop. Well balanced, designed to be no more, or no less, than “Very Nice”. ABV: 6.0%  IBU: 33

* "Calmer Than You Are" Session IPALight bodied and light in alcohol.  Generous late additions of Citra and Mosaic Hop and then dry hopped with Motueka, Mosaic, and Citra make for a huge hop forward character in a very easy drinker.  Lots of citrus in the form of grapefruit and orange followed up with tones of mango, passion fruit and kiwi.  Designed to be bursting with flavor but still "calmer than you are". ABV:  4.6%  IBU:  35

* "Royal We IPA": Huge hop forward character delivered with a double dry hop of Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic.  This provides a beautiful grapefruit and orange essence characteristic of the American IPA. The body is kept light with only a small amount of crystal malt to allow the hop bouquet and flavor to shine through.  Early additions of Cascade and Galena hops balance out the hop forward with an appropriate bitter background. ABV: 7.2%  IBU: 70

* "Monk's Phunk" (Belgian Abbey Ale): Strong ale named after a strong woman!  Our brewer’s dear mother! This recipe is crafted as a tribute to the tradition the Monk’s started in Belgium over a thousand years ago. It includes lots of Munich, various crystal malt, and a shot of chocolate malt, giving it a deep burgundy color and a heavenly rich caramel taste that literally would bring people to cathedrals in Europe. It has enlightening fruity esters from the Belgian yeast as well as divine sweetness from a gallon (12 lbs) of wild Colorado honey per barrel. ABV: 9.2%  IBU: 25.1

* "The Logical Fallacy": This beer challenges the Logical Fallacy that says if a beer is a stout, it shouldn’t be bittered. We brew it with generous hop additions of Summit and Northern Brewer.  This hop bill is challenged with the smokiness of black patent malt, coffee tones of chocolate malt, and a decadent mixture of caramel malts.  This is a unique stout that will make you look deep into this beer, and lose yourself in its complicated malty taste and intense oil like blackness. ABV: 6.5%  IBU: 53

Premium / Limited Beers:

"Sin-Ger": CURRENTLY OUT...BACK SOON! 1/2 Steffie's Heffe, 1/2 Ginger Ale...a refreshing blend!

* “Special Lynnie Friend” (Ginger-Cherry Saison): First brewed for the owner’s wedding under the name “Special Lady Friend”, this year we have renamed the entire batch to “Special Lynnie Friend”.  In honor of our beloved friend and beertender, Lyn Hanna, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer.  It was her most favorite beer. The signature taste for this saison comes from pure Montmorency cherry juice from Door County, WI and raw ginger root.  Very little residual sugars are allowed to remain, so you get a very clean and pure cherry essence.  The tart cherry hits you immediately and then mellows into a spicy and sensible ginger kick. The Mosaic hop and its berry medley of flavor makes a perfect companion to the aforementioned cherry but also to the strawberry notes imparted by Farmhouse Saison yeast from local yeast propagator, Inland Island.We hope you enjoy our toast to Lyn, and also know that she donated her property as a community garden called the Nederland Victory Garden.  $1 of each pour will be donated to maintaining this garden, in addition to $5 for every bottle sold. ABV:  6.7%  IBU: 24

”Nicely Rooted” (IPA):  A collaboration with our friends and fellow Nedheads, Knotted Root Brewing Company.  A West Coast-ish IPA with Enigma, El Dorado, and Simcoe hops with an American Ale yeast strain.  Citrus, passonfruit and grape fruit overtones.  ABV: 7.8%  IBU: 88

Watch for...

Seasonals: We love all the seasons Colorado has to offer and will devote beers to them as we go. Seasonal beers will feature ingredients available during the season they represent and we will try to convey the feeling the season imparts.

“Crazy Local” Brews: These will be brews dreamed up by local patrons from across the bar. We will try our best to brew up what our customers can dream up. Find a ton of wild strawberries? Bring ‘em in! Spruce fronds? Bring 'em in! These brews will be about our neighbors participating in the Very Nice Brewing Company.

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* Gluten Reduced - defined

Most of our beers are “gluten reduced”.  What does this mean?  We use a product called ClarityFerm, it is an enzyme.  Theoretically it reduces the levels of gluten down to less than 5PPM which is well below the international standard of 20PPM.  However, having each batch tested is far too costly so we do not claim gluten free, only crafted for gluten reduction.

The enzyme is extracted from Aspergillus Nigerus.  Commonly know as bread mold.  Bread mold is very good at cleaving up gluten and uses the enzyme to do it.   The enzyme is very similar to Amylase, the enzyme that all brewing depends on.  Amylase breaks down starch and turns it into Glucose (sugar).  The enzyme from the ClarityFerm is just specific to gluten.

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Charities...by drinking our "charity" beers, you helped us donate $20,473 to date that has been distributed among the following:

Aspen Grove Preschool (Nederland, CO)

Backdoor Theater (Nederland, CO)

Brewtography Project

Carousel of Happiness (Nederland, CO)

Colorado Shiba Inu Rescue (statewide)

Eagle's Nest Early Learning Center (Gilpin, CO)

Holistic Homestead (Nederland, CO)

Let's Buy Nederland Feed and Supply! (Nederland, CO)

Mountain Forum for Peace (Nederland, CO)

Nederland Area Seniors (Nederland, CO)

Nederland Community Garden (Nederland, CO)

Nederland Elementary School PTA (Nederland, CO)

Nederland Fire Protection District (Nederland, CO)

Nederland Food Pantry (Nederland, CO)

Nederland MSHS PTA (Nederland, CO)

Peak to Peak Healthy Communities (Nederland, CO)

Peak to Peak Music Education Association (Nederland, CO)

Rebuild Jamestown (Jamestown, CO)

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence (Boulder, CO)

Town of Nederland Community Gardens (Nederland, CO)

Wild Bear Ecological Center (Nederland, CO)

& many individuals and families in need!

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