Lone Tree Brewing Co. Aims to Be “Unique”

I can’t say I’ve ever thought “Damn, I wish there was a brewery in Lone Tree!” before, but after visiting Lone Tree Brewing Co. last Thursday for their Grand Opening… it makes sense.  Located near the interchange of I-25 and E-470, they’re located in a high traffic area especially if you consider the number of bike paths surrounding it.  In the midst of all this, LTBC is aiming to create a neighborhood feel where anyone can feel at home grabbing a pint.  They’ll be doing this on a 7bbl system, which is actually an above average sized system for a new brewery, and a head brewer (Jason Wiedmaier) that’s new to the professional scene.  Don’t worry though, Jason’s been homebrewing for 13 years and has a few awards under his belt.  He also has a very impressive beard, a trait we all know is extremely important in brewing.

Head Brewer Jason Wiedmaier

 

Here’s their mission statement:

Like most of the United States at the beginning of the 20th century, the Denver Metro area was filled with breweries, watering holes, and the occasional beer garden.  These were gathering places for the local neighborhoods where people could relax after a hard day of work, meet friends and family for an evening of music, rich conversation, celebrations, discussions on their favorite team, or simply to find a quiet corner and enjoy a book.  Lone Tree Brewing Company’s mission is to revive this tradition and create a neighborhood gathering place where everyone feels right at home.  Lone Tree Brewing will provide the public with small batches of hand crafted beer produced in a seven barrel brew house system.  These beers will be sold on premise in a tasting room and will soon be available at a small number of local restaurants and liquor stores.  The brewery will have six flagship beers and a couple of small batch rotating taps.  Take home growlers, sixth-barrels, and half barrels, will all be available for purchase in the establishment.

And here’s a glimpse at the beers on tap during the Grand Opening:

Hausfrau Hefeweizen – 4.5%

I wasn’t able to sample this one, but I heard very good things from the tables around me.
 

Ariadne’s Blonde – 4.5%

Personally I’m not a big Blonde fan, but this was crisp, clean, and refreshing.
 

Puddle Jumper Pale Ale – 5.5%

Boasting 4 different types of hops, this Pale Ale was a brilliant amber color with strong citrus notes.
 

Hoptree Double IPA – 7.5%

Their highest ABV offering, this Double IPA would satisfy even the biggest hop heads (11 different types of hops used) without sacrificing flavor or blowing my palate.
 

Toot’s Full-Bodied Oatmeal Stout – 5.0%

You don’t see too many session stouts out there, but this brew was able to satisfy my dark-beer craving without making me feel like I needed to cab it home.

One thing is apparent after sampling their brews – Wiedmaier’s German influence.  This comes from his previous career as a high school German teacher and a trip to the motherland where he states he had “many delicious beer experiences”.  With only one beer over 7% alcohol, it’s clear that Lone Tree Brewing Company will be focusing on session-style beers with refined flavors.  So head over to Colorado’s newest brewery (that title is not likely to last long) and let us know what you think!

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  • R. Duke

    Black IPA is next for LTBC and will be tapped in about a week.

  • Erik

    These guys had some good beers during my visit on opening night. To be honest, if they dropped the price at least on the pints of the ‘smaller’ brews down to $4 from the $5 they were charging, I’d be a lot more likely to visit on the regular.

  • Troy

    I stopped by there last night, and enjoyed a Hoptree Double IPA. It was quite good, and in some ways more subtle than some of the palate hammers out there (which I enjoy, as well). The hop character was unusual, but with that many varieties used, it is definitely not going to taste like anything else. The hop notes were very well balanced and integrated into a firm malt backbone with enough nutty, sweet character to hold its own. What really stood out for me was that my first taste went from a nose of hops and a little yeasty sourness to an unbelievably smooth and creamy head without any of the bitterness I expected, to a rich and satisfying, easy-drinking DIPA. This is a dangerous ale for the latter reason.

    Kristin was also kind enough to pour an ounce of their stout, which will definitely be my next pint when I visit again. And I WILL visit again. Probably too frequently.