Call me impressed. Open only since January, Brues Alehouse, located in the old Pueblo Police Department building, is off to a good start with a brewpub-inspired menu and an impressive drink selection.
Like with all brewpubs, you start with the beer and that’s where I’m going to start. Because what’s a brewpub without great beer?
On the light to dark route on the taste test is Brues’ joyously crisp Probation Ale. With its standard pale color, very mild, almost non-existent hop flavor, and 5.2% ABV, it is the perfect, light pour for a summer day. Would be a wonderful pairing with fish or other seafood and something to look out for if Brues can pair with its food in the future.
The Valve-3 Amber Ale takes it up a notch with its copper color, and fruitier hop tone, which mellows with a light malt finish, coming in with the lowest ABV of the seven we sampled, at 4.8% ABV. The cheat sheet for the flight experience notes a toasty caramel palate, which takes a couple of sips to notice. Recommended drink with salad or bratwurst.
The Pat-Down Pale Ale starts off with very strong Chinook, Columbus, and Pacifica hops taste right off the start which explains the black pepper or licorice taste, along with the subtle citrus overtones. The aftertaste calms down with a sweet finish. Would be nice with a lighter first or second course. ABV is noted at 5.2%
Where the Pat-Down Pale Ale keeps the hops in check, the Leadbelly IPA features them front and center with a strong nose and a pleasant, but obvious, grapefruit bitterness. Would be the perfect accompaniment with a burger. If you aren’t an IPA fan this pour may change your mind. ABV 6.6%.
The Brues Bohemian Blonde is about as traditional as it gets if you are craving a clean, crisp light pour, with hints of light citrus, with a dry finish—the perfect beer with a plate of cheese and crackers. 8% ABV.
Heading up the brewery’s dark side of things are the Storyteller Stout and Manther’s Milk Stout–two very different offerings but our favorites of the evening. Starting off with the lighter (4.8 ABV) Manther’s Stout, the drink brought out my only “Oh my God” of the evening. The rich espresso and cream flavor is instantaneous and would pair extremely well with a gooey brownie or barbeque. Calling this beer the Nectar of the Gods doesn’t do it justice. If you prefer a more chocolate-based beer, the heavier ABV (10%) Storyteller Stout fits the bill, beautifully. This smooth imperial stout could be dangerous to the uninitiated as the alcohol presence is barely noted. Another fantastic pairing with chocolate or a red meat offering.
Additional kudos to the staff of Brues, specifically our waitress on this particular night, who was very educated on each beer and was able to answer all of our questions about the brewing process, ABV, and suggested food pairings.
Brues Alehouse is off to a good start and it will be fun to see what new creations they can offer.
Brues Alehouse beers were sampled in early February.