BREWHAHA: Nano 108

Nano 108 Brewing Company is a unique brewery located at 2402 Waynoka Road. The 20-minute drive is a bit of a venture into the eastern boonies of Colorado Springs, but the trip is well worth it. Nano 108 derives its name from the fact they are a “nano-brewery” by government standards, and they brew 108 different styles of craft beer per year.

A nano-brewery is one that brews beer on a brewing system of four barrels or less at one time, with no limit on how many barrels can be brewed in a year. Nano is a rare and vague label for a brewery. For comparison, a “micro” brewery is any brewery using more than four barrels simultaneously and producing less than 15,000 barrels per year. Even larger is a “craft” brewery, denoting any operation producing more than 15,000 but less than 6,000,000 barrels per year. If you exceed production of 6,000,000 barrels you become a ‘macro’ brewery.

So in short, Nano 108’s production capacity is tiny. The entire year they never repeat a recipe on a batch, which creates 14 kegs. Each of their 18 taps serves one of their unique beers. Once they run out of the 14 kegs, the beer is done for the year and possibly forever.

The rotating model does lack consistency but does give the flexibility to be extremely creative. The first beer I tried was a mix of two different beers recommend by the bartender. One part Calypso Pale Ale and one part American Barleywine.

Calypso Pale Ale is named after Calypso Hops, a brand new strain of hops just now appearing in beers. The Calypso hops lend earthy tea flavors and tropical fruit aromas to the beer. The Barleywine is extremely rich, malty, yet slightly sweet, and comes in at 15 percent ABV. Mixing the two beers is pleasant because the flavor and lower alcohol content of the Calypso serve to cut down the alcohol content of the Barleywine and smooth out its flavor.

The second beer I tried was the Dry Irish Stout on Nitro. At 4.47 percent ABV, the beer is very sessionable. The nitrogen carbonation gives the beer a smooth, creamy feel, and roasted grains dominate the flavor. I would like to have this beer again, but I can’t because it will be gone the next time I go.

Since the brewery is small and just opened last year, there are some kinks to be worked out. However, the beer is good, the concept is unique, and they have good food trailers every day of the week. Overall I enjoyed my experience at Nano 108, and I recommend you try them out sometime.

Noah Stewart

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