Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Metric Brewing announces opening day

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 4:32 PM

click to enlarge Metric Brewing opens for business on Saturday, July 21 - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Metric Brewing opens for business on Saturday, July 21
After nearly a year of work, Metric Brewing is set to open to the public on Saturday, July 21. It's run by owner/brewers Mike Centanne and Chase Perry. Centanne's a former homebrewer, known best for his work as brewer and co-founder at Iron Bird Brewing Company, which he helped start in 2014. Perry's a former yeast propagation tech at the Brewing Science Institute and, most recently, assistant brewer at Bristol Brewing Company.

Metric will open with nine beers on tap, as well as a crowler machine for those who want to take beer home. And given that they're eschewing flagships for a revolving selection with occasional re-brews, canny drinkers with have to take home their favorites when they can. They'll have limited presence in local bars and restaurants — Perry says they want to get a solid footing in their neighborhood before they start trying to expand.
Location Details Metric Brewing
1213 NORTH CIRCLE DRIVE
Central
Colorado Springs, CO
418-5560
Breweries/Wineries/Distilleries

When we stopped by for a press preview on Monday, July 16, we found plenty to be excited about. The bar area's vast and cleanly designed, with pristine, white subway tiles behind the bar and a big window into the brewery area. There's plenty of small and communal table seating, plus a more café-like section with couches off to the side. There's no plan for food service, but Metric will be on the food truck circuit quickly.

At the press event, the Metric team had eight beers on tap, mostly with quirky or pop cultural names. Üter, their Belgian dubbel, bears a spot-on yeast flavor. A summer seasonal honey cream ale goes down light and easy. The Dad Belt hazelnut brown ale drinks near-porter-dark and rich. Hipster Speedball coffee milk stout's a great balance between malt and coffee flavors.
click to enlarge From left to right: Üter Belgian dubbel, honey cream ale, Dad Belt hazelnut brown ale, Hipster Speedball coffee milk stout. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • From left to right: Üter Belgian dubbel, honey cream ale, Dad Belt hazelnut brown ale, Hipster Speedball coffee milk stout.
Mom Jeans, a raspberry kölsch, gets a fruity nose and sips crisp and not over-fruity, one of the more popular beers of the event — we go gaga for a mix of that and the Hipster Speedball. West coast-style hop heads will enjoy Helios, an IPA brewed with malted sunflower seeds — Perry says that the vitamin E helps the hop aromas last longer. And No Pulp will please Hazy IPA drinkers with its low to moderate bitterness and huge, fruity nose. Lastly, there's Catalina Wine Mixer, a tart saison brewed with white grape must, which serves as a tribute to the film Step Brothers.
click to enlarge From left to right: Mom Jeans raspberry kölsch, Helios west coast IPA with sunflower seeds, No Pulp hazy IPA, Catalina Wine Mixer white grape must saison. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • From left to right: Mom Jeans raspberry kölsch, Helios west coast IPA with sunflower seeds, No Pulp hazy IPA, Catalina Wine Mixer white grape must saison.

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