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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:

Our Flagship Beers:

"Steffie's Heffe": 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: 5.7%  IBU: 33

"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: 8.1%  IBU: 25.1

"Fuggly & Brown": Mono-hopped and named after the earthy and mildly citrus hop, Fuggles. A malty beer with low hop aroma and bitterness, brewed in the tradition of an English brown. Some slight fruity esters. Traditionally, brown sugar would be used, but we stuck with our locally sourced honey instead, lightening up the body and contributing some slightly floral notes. ABV: 6.3%  IBU: 23.6

"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: 7.0%  IBU: 65

Premium / Limited Beers:

"Better Off Ned" (red IPA): ”:  We have been having so much fun with our “Not Bitter” IPA that we wanted to apply the concept of late addition hops with a decadent malt backbone consisting of Pale, Carared, Munich, Crystal, and Special B malts. It resulted in a very complex mouth feel that gives it a layered tasting experience.  We utilized a modern Citrus hop bill consisting of Citra and Mosaic hops. Mosaic takes front row on the aroma with a heavy grapefruit nose. On the pallet, the more subdued orange and melon essences of the citra combines with the sharp, dank, Mosaic dry hop to create an intense hop forward taste experience.  We wanted to include all aspects of a complex brew so we gave it a decent IBU with some early additions to balance out all the hop forward.  Ned-heads are made up of folks from all around the country and beyond. We wanted to make a beer that mirrored that diversity. We all come here and so many of us stay, so we reasoned that we are “Better off Ned”.  Cheers and so much gratitude to all who have made our little brewery what it is today!  ABV:  6.3%  IBU: 63

"Very Nice, Not Bitter IPA" (Citra): The “Very Nice, Not Bitter” is a beer designed to highlight the difference between “hoppiness” and “bitterness”. Bitterness is represented by the International Bittering Unit, commonly referred to as IBU.The brewer adds hops at different times during the boil. The earlier the hop addition, the more the oils go through a chemical transformation into a bittering compound. The later the hop addition, the more the hop retains its aroma and flavor. The “Very Nice, Not Bitter” first hop addition is not until the end of the boil, immediately after the heat is removed. Followed by generous dry hopping after fermentation. Thus, it has a technical IBU of 0. This batch, #2, highlights the "Citra" hop. This hops emanates grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and lychee.  We will be showcasing different hops with each batch of "Very Nice, Not Bitter". The malt bill is intentionally very light with 2-row, pilsner, and a bit of wheat. This allows the “hoppiness” to shine through. ABV: 7.3% IBU: 0

"Freshie the Fresh Hop Ale": Our 4th year picking hops with several of our mug club members, regulars, and friends. They grow on the "Hops Inn" across the street from our shopping center. Nobody knows what the exact variety of hops they are, but they are most certainly descended from what the German brewers brought over to brew for the area's miners in the late 1800s. Our best guess would be of the noble hops varieties such as Saaz and Hallertau. They are sharp, spicy, earthy, and piny. Most reminiscent of a pilsner character. Every year has been different as weather deeply affects the essence of each years crop. These are not cultured, they grow wild, reflecting the people of our little mountain town. ABV: 6.0% IBU: ?

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

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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Charities...by drinking our "charity" beers, you helped us donate $13,648 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)

Holistic Homestead (Nederland, CO)

Let's Buy Nederland Feed and Supply! (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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