Coopersmith's Pub and Brewing
Finding pubs that brew their own beer for sale only inside their walls is always an interesting experience. Because of the small market, you can get some very unique brews. I’ve had beer with beets in it. If that doesn’t interest you, I’ve found one made with hot chili peppers. Blackberries, anybody? Clearly, one-of-a-kind flavors from one-of-a-kind beer.
Today, Coopersmith’s Pub and Brewing is our destination. If you are ever on a quest on your own for good beer, this is another great one to stop in and have some samples if you find yourself in Fort Collins, Colorado. They boast a large selection of handcrafted beer brewed right on property, although there is a large amount of pale ales, the few I tried were pretty unique, offering different qualities with each experience.
But let’s dive into a couple individual brews offered by Coopersmith’s, since you can buy five-ounce glass for a reasonable price. My friends and I got a few to share.
The first beer I picked up was the brown ale, curiously titled the Not Brown Ale. For such a smooth beer, the Not Brown offers a large amount of flavor of nuts, caramel, and mocha flavors. It was a good brown ale, great for sipping and enjoying good company. It’s something rich for your pallet and easy for your tongue. Really quite enjoyable if you have some time to kill.
The next beer I tried went perfectly with the burger that I got. Although I don’t usually combine food with beer, there is a combination with everything. I have a fear that one will cover up flavors of the other. But sometimes, that flavor is hot chilis and the burger is calling for something a little extra. Luckily, the Sigda’s Green Chili Ale came to the rescue. Alone, the beer is very curious. If you like mildly spicy beverages and don’t want to go through the hassle of Bloody Mary’s, try this one out. The beer doesn’t have much flavor beyond the heat, which isn’t strong enough to make you uncomfortable but not weak enough to go unnoticed. But with a decent burger or pizza, this beer will shine.
Coopersmith’s also has a thought-provoking rye pale ale, aptly named Rye PA. The first thing that hit my senses was the strong smell of pine trees, taking me to a living room on Christmas Eve, with the Christmas tree in full swing. This flavor doesn’t reach the tongue, however. Instead, a strong, dry bitterness coats your mouth, and sort of tastes like the aroma of potpourri, which I didn’t mind.
Through my endeavors yesterday, I realized I really enjoy IPAs. Coopersmith’s Punjabi Pale Ale had a lot going on. Tremendous flavors flooded my mouth, including cream, caramel, floral hints, and hops, all coming together to make a great, smooth brew that hopefully everyone can enjoy.
The one beer I didn’t particularly care for was the Blackberry Dunkel Weizen. With fruit beer, you get a lot of variety from batch to batch if you aren’t careful. For all I know, this was a bad batch, but the wheat and blackberry combination was not a winning combination. It was sweet and syrupy, but something didn’t sit right with me. Something stung the back of my throat, confused my tongue, and made me want to move on to something else and better. However, my friend sipped happily on the ale, smiling and saying, “I like fruitier beer!”
Well, I don’t.
Overall, Coopersmith’s was very enjoyable and I plan to visit a few more times before my time in Colorado ends. Take a few friends and take an hour or three and enjoy some interesting and enjoyable beer experiences, but if you get Sigda’s, I recommend a snack to go with it.