In 2011, Dr. Jeremy Gobien decided to leave North Carolina for the state of Colorado to start a brewery. Gobien has a Ph.D. in material sciences engineering—and had been an avid home brewer for years—so he took a leap to combine his passions into one and brew wonderful beer.
The result of his career transformation is Copper Kettle Brewing Company, located at 1338 S. Valentia Street in Denver, Colorado. In the brewery’s short four-year stint in Denver’s ruthlessly competitive craft beer scene, Copper Kettle has done quite well, winning praise from USA Today, Denver’s Westword Magazine and a medal at the Great American Beer Festival.
To get an idea of Copper Kettle’s brewing prowess, I sampled a bomber of Charlie’s Golden Strong. Charlie’s is a Belgian-style Golden Strong Ale with an alcohol content of 8 percent ABV. As a big fan of Belgian-style ales, I have tried my fair share. I will honestly admit that this is one of my favorites, right up there with Pikes Peak Brewing’s Gold Rush Belgian Golden Ale.
Unlike other strong Belgian beers, this one does not have an unpleasant sweet finish. The beer is well balanced in every sense. It has the right combination of subtle-sweetness and earthy elements and has a good amount of carbonation, something that can be a problem with Belgian-style ales. Currently the beer is only offered in 22-oz. bombers but hopefully will soon be included into Cooper Kettle’s growing line of canned beers.
Along with Charlie’s Golden Strong, Copper Kettle offers bombers of the Naja Imperial Red IPA and Mexican Chocolate Stout. Their first offering in a can is Bavarian Helles, a German-style Pale Lager. At the brewery they have some unique offerings, including A Bourbon Barrel Aged Berlinerweiss, a Basil Cherry Blonde Ale, and a beer called Sobremesa, an English strong Ale aged in tequila barrels with lime zest and agave nectar. I would recommend visiting the brewery because it has been for its local feel. The beer also does not distribute outside of Colorado, so enjoy it while you’re here.
In short, I would recommend Copper Kettle to really anyone who likes beer. They’re a genuine Colorado operation that makes classic beers well and brings new options to the table. Don’t miss out on Copper Kettle; they don’t disappoint.