We've all heard it said about the truly great beers, "It's the water." Well, at award-winning Revolution Brewing, they use Paonia spring water that doesn't have to have additives or special filtering during the brewing process.
On a recent visit to the Revolution brewery at 302 Grand Avenue, Jessie Zimmerman, assistant brewer, showed off the fermenters with catchy names like Phyllis, Sally, Lois and Gladys; a mashing tun and a boil kettle. In the boil kettle hot water is added on top of the mash. It filters through, catching all the enzymes and sugars that magically convert into alcohol.
In front of the brewery is a gas pump that is labeled "Beer." But you can't stop by and get a quick fill up. For that, you have to go to the tasting room down the street.
Revolution Brewing was established in 2008 in a former church at 325 Grand Avenue. Gretchen and Mike King are the owners of Revolution Brewing. Their idea was to originally start a microbrewery in Alaska. For various reasons, that didn't happen. Luckily, they came to Colorado. While at Powderhorn, they set out to see what Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford had to offer. Once in Hotchkiss, they came to the fork in the road and decided to go to Paonia. That was it. They had found the place with just the right everything for their nanobrewery. Since then they have expanded the tasting room several times and have a lovely patio area for beer patrons. They grow some hops in the back yard. They use local ingredients as much as possible. Some of their hops come from Olathe.
The "Kings of Microbrewing" grind their grain with a bicycle-powered, three-roller mill.
Brewmaster Mike King is always inventing a new microbrew. One tasty beer had apricots. Another beer, Lovett or Leave It was named after a local patron. Stout Ol' Friend has won awards with its "strong coffee character." Rye Porter is their "darkest light beer and lightest dark beer" with a "rye bite."
They also have two non-alcoholic sodas — a grass roots beer and a cherry soda. The cherry soda is made from local tart pie cherries.
Revolution Brewing distributes to local restaurants and liquor stores in Paonia and Hotchkiss, CB's Tavern in Delta, Short Ranch in Cedaredge, Powderhorn Ski Resort and to Grand Junction liquor stores and restaurants.
Their beer is available in 1/2-gallon growlers, kegs and cans.
"We've found our niche," Gretchen said. "We're very lucky."blog comments powered by Disqus