Stout Month is Here at Last!

Ever since being introduced by a couple of friends, Vine Street Pub has always had a special place in my heart.  Sure, most of their servers wear wool hats indoors, skinny jeans, huge frames, and other fashion statements I’ll never understand, but their beer is damn good.  Aren’t convinced?  Let me tell you about a little thing called Stout Month… yes, I did say MONTH.  The trio of pubs owned by Mountain Sun (Vine Street, Southern Sun, and Mountain Sun) will be offering a plethora of stouts during the month of February – 55 to be exact.  Even more impressive, 23 of these dark brews will be their own.

On Saturday, Vine Street held a Stout Month Preview in their newly completed brewery (more on that in a bit) to give us a taste of what’s to come.  Here are just a few of the stouts that will be offered by the Mountain Sun Pubs throughout February:  Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout (new recipe), Old School Dry Irish Stout, Trickster Stout, Chocolate Dip Stout, Addiction Imperial Coffee Stout, Dropkick Stout, Stoked Oak Stout, Nihilist Stout, Girl Scout Stout, and Korova Cream Stout.  I was privileged enough to sample these beers, along with some amazing appetizers, during the preview and I can truly say they know how to brew their stouts.  Want more good news?  It’s a leap year, so get out there and enjoy that extra day of Stout Month!

Ok, now back to the new brewery.  Vine Street Pub has played the role of the red-headed stepchild in the Mountain Sun trio for the past few years as they were they only pub to not feature it’s own brewery.  Neglected no more, Vine Street Pub’s brewery will be up-and-running in just under 60 days after their license is approved.  Hutch, Head Brewer at Mountain Sun, also told me they plan on filling in the blank on Vine Street’s sign (often referred to as Vine Street Pub and ???) the day the brewery becomes operational.  Here’s how the three pubs will split duties:

  • Vine Street (Head Brewer – John Fiorilli) will handle the ‘Top 8’ beers that currently account for 75% of the income (think Blackberry Wheat, FYIPA, Colorado Kind, etc.).
  • Southern Sun (Head Brewer – Nathan Watkins) will brew the rest of the more regular beers seen on tap.
  • Mountain Sun (Head Brewer – Brian “Hutch” Hutchinson) will be in charge of all of the experimental beers.

But wait… there’s more!  Due to a Colorado liquor law, Vine Street was previously unable to sell growlers and kegs because they did not make beer on the property.  After their brewery is operation in about 50 days, that will be a thing of the past.  So head over to Vine Street (or it’s sister pubs in Boulder), have a few stouts, and tell us about your favorites.

Here are the rest of my shots from the Vine Street Stout Month Preview:

About Sean Buchan

Sean is a Physical Therapist and Photographer living in (and loving) Denver, Colorado. He enjoys shooting just about anything but his true passion is capturing the craft beer culture here in Denver. If you enjoy his photographs check out Beertographer.