I recently had the pleasure of visiting Colorado again—this time Colorado Springs, for a three day business trip. After landing in Colorado Springs, and checking into my hotel, it was time for dinner. I consulted my Find Craft Beer iPhone App (highly recommended at $0.99) and was thrilled to find Trinity Brewing three miles from my hotel.
- Farmhouse Walloon: “Inspired by the ancient and more authentic Saisons of southern Belgium. We gather the ingredients for this recipe from our own small ecoregion, and strictly only use ingredients from local farms and gardens. Each year we use a number of unique pumpkins and squashes along with a number of secret ingredients to create the creamy and very drinkable indigenous interpretation of this Belgian style. Voted in the top 15 Saisons in the world in 2009.” The pumpkin flavor is noticeable and the beer is well spiced—without going over the top.
- Soul Horkey Ale: “The flagship of our house brewed beers. Soul is a special recipe that combines ancient English tradition with new Belgian ideas. As a session ale built for true malt heads, this ale demonstrates the true depth and diversity of malt by blending 9 highest quality malts in a dry balance with Chinook and Kent Golding hops.” Malt forward, nicely balanced, and an easy drinker.
- Awaken Coffee Stout: “A dark, creamy, and surprisingly drinkable Dry Stout. As you would expect from the brewers at Trinity, this Stout is anything but main stream. Starting the base recipe with ten malts and three hop varieties, we age the resulting dry stout on locally roasted Sumatran coffee beans and Chicory to create balanced and pleasing bitter notes.” The chicory and coffee flavors are front and center, while subtle vanilla lurks beneath. Very smooth mouth feel.
The dinners were appropriately sized (and reflective of the quantity the average human should probably consume at a typical meal) and decently priced. The enchiladas were good, but a bit on the bland side for me. But the beer—it was excellent! I was very impressed by the variety and quality of the beer Trinity is producing. Beyond their core brews, they’re doing some amazing work with saisons, barrel aging and wild beers.
If you ever visit Colorado Springs, be sure to make a trip to Trinity Brewing. I’d definitely visit again. Actually, I did—the night before I flew home.