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JAKs Brewing Company's new taproom needs to iron out some wrinkles 

click to enlarge GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell

Falcon-based JAKs Brewing Company opened a taproom in Colorado Springs in late June, offering 15 total taps, most their own, with a few guest beers too. A mural paying tribute to the U.S. Air Force dominates one wall of the small space, consistent with the company’s veteran branding. When last my drinking companion visited JAKs, he had several damn good beers, so we’re primed for good things when we order our five-beer sampler paddle. But something’s amiss. A couple examples: The New Zealand Pilsner has a creamy mouthfeel and lingering finish, a far cry from any lager proper. Weird, but flaws happen. Problem is, we see a similar flaw in the Isophot saison, a light-bodied saison that blooms with genuinely good Belgian yeast character that hangs around like a bad houseguest. There’s no finishing element, and it begs for some kind of funk, tartness, pepperiness or even a darker malt character. It’s hard to nail down whether the flaws were introduced at the brewhouse, in transit or at this taproom, but whatever the case, we hope things get buttoned down soon.

Location Details JAKs Brewery & Taproom
7715 Dublin Blvd.
Briargate
Colorado Springs, CO
375-8202

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