Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Silverton Brewery remains a relatively tiny operation. The Greene
Street brewpub has never brewed more than 200 barrels a year, said Head Brewer Colin Peterman, who I found tending bar on a recent visit.
That may be changing.
Peterman was hired in May to oversee expansion. He hand-built a canning line, and Silverton now sells six-packs of 12-ounce cans to go. Silverton Brewery cans are sold in liquor stores in Ouray, and Peterman said he hopes to begin selling to Durango liquor stores soon.
During my visit, only three beers were available: a brown ale, a red ale and Ice Pick Ale.
Ice Pick is a fairly typical American-style India Pale Ale. Peterman hops it with a Magnum hops extract that is used for all Silverton beers, along with some Cascades, and Palisades for aroma.
Ice Pick comes in at 6.5 percent alcohol by volume and 73 IBUs.
It’s really quite a good IPA. The hop bitterness is pleasant but not over the top. Some IPAs knock you back with bitterness. Silverton’s doesn’t. For an IPA, it runs toward the floral/fruity end of the spectrum.
Every town, I think, deserves its own brewery. Silverton can justifiably be proud of Silverton Brewery. Hopefully, the brewery will be able to expand its offerings. Three beers constitutes a fairly paltry menu; most brewpubs offer a dozen or more beers at a time. To be fair, though, January is not exactly high season in Silverton.
If you happen to visit Silverton, sipping an Ice Pick (now that’s an image!) ain’t a bad way to while away some time, and now you can bring it back to the camp site in cans. Silverton’s version is a worthy member of Colorado’s impressive roster of IPAs. B+