Brewers Tim Schwartz and Stephen Tidwell keep five standard brews to accompany three rotating ones and one seasonal. The Bitter End Bitter is an amber color, well carbonated, with a nice hop aroma and hop-over-malt flavor. The Sledgehammer Express is light bodied but with a serious coffee aroma and flavor due to its ingredients of carmel malt and coffee. The result is a very smooth mouthfeel with a short aftertaste that makes for one easy-to-get-used-to beer. The Aberdeen Amber is a hazy dark amber color with a medium-to-full body and a dry malty flavor. The seasonal Modulator Doppelbock is a ruby color with a white creamy head. Served a bit cold, esters are still noticeable in the aroma before the deep malty flavor takes over. The medium body matches well with the nice full mouthfeel, where hops just start to peek though in the short, dry, clean finish. a 10 ounce "1/2 pint" costs $2 while the 16 ounce "pint" runs $3.25.
In addition to the top craft beers the Pub Menu offers some attractive dishes: Pretzels ($2), Grilled Tuna ($8.50), Pizza ($6.50-$7.50), Salmon ($9.50), Calimari and Salads. For $6.50 the hamburger comes precisely cooked and accompanied by homemade potato chips. Food is served Monday through Thursday from 10:30 AM to Midnight, Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 1 AM, and Sunday 10:30 AM to Midnight. The Wine List features 50 Reds, seven Ports, over 40 Whites, and six Sparkling Wines (Champagnes). The CD sound system cranks out Reggae along with English and Spanish Pop music. For even more activity check out the adjacent B-Side area for music and drinks in a nightclub atmosphere. Smoking is permitted at the bar. Monday is Cask-conditioned night so get there early while it lasts.
311 Colorado Street
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - November, 1997
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