The street that Jack Kerouac and other beatniks caroused along, Colfax, was Denver’s Main Street for cross country drivers until I-70 opened to the north and it became known as the lost highway. Today, Lost Highway Brewing is ground zero of gritty urban Denver along fabled East Colfax. But not for long. Come January 1, 2017, Lost Highway is heading to the burbs- Arapahoe Road east of I-25, to some non-descript, safe, light-industrial warehouse. True, the historical character will be no more but they promise it will be a beautiful tap house and worth the drive with plentiful free parking.
The good news for craft beer lovers everywhere is that their brews shall survive the move! They are relocating primarily to expand production of their expertly crafted beers, try new ones (Sours, etc.) and be able to distribute more widely. Congrats to them and we wish them well. But this friendly tap space, an oasis along a particularly wild stretch of America’s Wickedest Street, will be missed!
Beertender Mary answered the call for a seasonal brew with their new seasonal released named Tripel Homicide, a tongue in cheek homage to the unfortunate street violence that often mars the surrounding historic neighborhood. (Speaking of cheeks, the Cheeky Monk next door has closed forever and the building has been sold. RIP!) Tripel Homicide is described on the menu as a traditional Belgian Style ale with “bubble gum sweetness on the nose… hints of clove… dry and refreshing.” I enjoyed this golden hued gem, and found the flavor and body well-balanced and just right. Belgian tripels are often too intense for this sipper.
Mary was kind enough to share more about these special seasonal Lost Highway offerings:
Fourth Estate, a Belgian Chocolate Stout made with Ghiradelli chocolate has smooth, rounded flavors. A tasty dessert beer. Or with waffles at breakfast.
Pumpnik Pie-Eyed is their autumnal favorite brew with pumpkins and spice. I found it tasty, not too cloying and the spices don’t overpower the beer flavor. They are on their last few kegs, so hurry down for a taste before it is gone ‘til next year’s gourd harvest!
Almond Coconut Porter is a pain for their brewmaster to brew – with all the toasting of coconut and what not – but there is a passionate devoted following, so he must keep brewing out of fear! (JK!) Every 2nd and 4th Thursday a new release is made – for in-house enjoyment only, no growlers for this. (Mary warns – Don’t even try to whine your way into their hearts about this…)
Thanks Mary for sharing the story behind the beers and showing the elves a good time – cheers!
As Lost Highway heads outta town, enjoy these nearby craft brewers:
Alpine Dog Just around the corner from The Ogden, this light and bright space is a pleasure to linger in to enjoy their multiple offerings. Food trucks often park out front. Just don’t bring your pooch – Denver ordinance they are not welcome in the tasting room.
Deep Draft offers a sleek and refined tasting room experience along 17th Ave. Classier than the typical tasting room, it is still comfy. The friendly staff is helpful and loves to brewtalk with you!