Resolute Brewing Company Review, Centennial Colorado
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The number of Denver breweries continue to climb despite claims that the market is over-served and a craft beer bubble is growing. One of the newer breweries (at the time of this writing, at least) is making waves and getting tons of recognition. This brewery is Resolute Brewing Company.
I first visited their tap room for a podcast back in September of 2016, several months after they opened. I took some notes immediately, but never converted them into a post. Now seems like as good a time as any since they’re really starting to blow up with a new distribution deal just sealed.
The brewery and tap room are located slightly south of Denver in Centennial. As you drive up to the strip mall containing Resolute, the neighborhood is unassuming and pleasant. I always expect a movie crew to pop up filming some scene for a “Leave it to Beaver” re-boot. Resolute itself is on the end of the strip mall and invites you into their open and bright taproom. What greets you upon opening those doors? A beautiful crescent bar and circular tap system ready to provide you some amazing beers.
The taproom is open with high ceilings and a variety of seating options. You can get some high tables, standard tables, a bar along the window or enjoy some sunshine on their patio and grab a bite from the daily food truck. Tall windows allow for plenty of natural light, creating a warm and inviting place to enjoy a few cold ones. The first beer I ordered was the hefeweizen and it has pretty much become my de facto favorite in their lineup. It’s light in both body and alcohol content and delightfully aromatic. The banana flavor profile from their yeast strain is just to my liking and is complemented by the subtle sweetness from the grain bill.
They certainly are no one trick pony, though. Head Brewer Zac is versatile in his craft and you can typically find a beer of almost any style on the board during a visit. Their robust porter is another favorite of mine when I want something a little darker while the session IPA is another strong choice for something hoppy without worrying about over-indulging (a rarity for me, I know). They just recently released a standard American IPA that was wonderfully hoppy and refreshing.
What you really want to cross your fingers to see on the board is a small batch or special release beer. Zac a real knack for nailing a style directly on the head, but that doesn’t mean he stays away from trying new things and mixing it up. He concocted a vanilla chai brown that was like liquid candy and a hoppy pils that takes a traditional style and turns it on its head. These are just a few of the examples that I’ve had the luck of trying, but many others have flowed through the taplines.
The final thought I want to convey about Resolute is the people. Thanks to my podcast, I’ve gotten to know several of the Resolute team, and each of them make the place such a wonderful experience. Everyone is passionate about the beer, the brewery and the industry, which isn’t uncommon in Denver, but I feel like they truly embrace their “Resolute” moniker and embody it to make everyone’s experience one they won’t forget.