Prost Brewing Company
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 189
Beer Avg: 3.98
Taps: 4 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 13 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Domingo:
4.18/5 rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Guess I'll be the first one to toss up a review of Prost, Denver's homage to south German bierhalls. Luckily I have a ton of experience with German beers and establishments, so hopefully I can offer a little perspective.
A little background, Prost's brewer is Bill Eye, who has become famous for his German beer recipes during his tenure at Dry Dock. In particular, his weissbier and pilsner are famous for being some of the best in the country. On top of that, the brewing equipment at Prost came from a gutted brewery near Bamberg (Hümmer) in Franconia. Their equipment is borderline one-of-a-kind in the US, and for now they're the only place in the country doing double decoction mashing, too. Essentially you have a guy who specializes in German beers making them on arguably some of the best equipment possible for the job. Seems pretty much ideal on paper...let's see where that takes us...
On to the place. When you arrive, you'll notice 5-6 picnic tables outside in a makeshift biergarten. The umbrellas on the table are small so shade is at a premium. When you walk in - that's where Prost shines. It looks a bit like a warehouse outside, but inside it has a nice mix of wood paneling, German/Bavarian/Franconian banners, and skylights that make the pace feel almost like you're outside or in a festival tent. The natural lighting makes the place feel open and lively. On the walls you'll notice plenty of decorations from various German breweries, including the large sign from Hümmer, their lineage brewery. There are 8 large picnic tables (meant to be shared), 3 long high-top tables, and an L-shaped bar. Additionally, they have a room blocked off for parties and even a "stammtisch" or locals table for regulars.
The beers consist of 3 different traditional German items, a "happy accident" and some guest taps due in the near future.
Their feature beer is a Franconian dunkel, which is slightly drier than the more common Munich variety. The recipe for this beer is apparently 100% authentic and came from the Hümmer brewery itself. Personally, I think it's great and it reminds me a lot of a slightly less sweet Löwenbräu dunkel. Lots of people seem to confuse this for a dark wheat beer for some reason. It's a lager, pretty much like a dark helles.
Next is their pilsner, fashioned off of the pils beers further north in the country. It's similar to Jever and has a distinct herbal note in the finish.
The third beer is Bavarian weissbier or hefeweizen (a term almost never used in Germany). This one is darker and heartier than Bill's previous editions and has a bit more of a vanilla cream note. There's a back note I'm not a huge fan of, but some people seem to like it even more. I'd say it reminds me a bit of Schneider Tap 7 for a cross-reference, but it's definitely not a clone.
Their last beer is called Batch 1, and is a version of their weissbier that turned out extra dark and extra malty. It's a bit like a dunkelweizen crossed with a dunkel lager and a kiss of sourness and caramel thrown in. It's not really like anything else, but I didn't mind it at all. It's a unique change of pace in a pretty authentic spot.
Everything is available in traditional glassware or even a 1L mass is you like. Want a final half-pour? You can get a 1/2 price "schnitt" to finish up your trip.
Due as guest taps in the near future are Dad and Dude's Dank IPA, and Crooked Stave Petit Sour, both of which were brewed on premises, too. There's also a listing for a Tivoli Helles, which I have no clue about. I think those should make for great change ups in a place that's sticking to German roots.
While maybe not for serious beer geeks, they also offer the option for mixers like radlers, russ'ns, and diesels, too. You can even add shots of raspberry syrup to the beers or order a cola/orange mix called "spezi" as well.
Service at the bar is good, but table service is a bit hit or miss. Maybe they took that authentic thing a little too far?
The place is fun, authentic, and the guest taps should flesh things out for people who don't geek out over German beers as much as I do, too.
Prost is definitely a place I see myself going back to way too much!
08-27-2012 17:08:14 | More by Domingo
More User Reviews:
3.74/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Atmosphere - German beer hall meets sports bar?!? TVs are not needed. The place has so much potential, but does not execute it well enough. The outdoor patio is a huge plus, but this is supposed to be a German beer hall.
Quality - award winning German lagers. Done in true form.
Service - depends on the day and the server really.
Selection - 5 beers to choose from the day I went. This is expected from a new brewery, but I guess it would be difficult to do that many German lagers
Value - depends on the beer really.
Overall - this place is going through an interesting transition as the head brewer/ assistant brewer have left. I am interested to see where Prost goes from here.
04-15-2014 20:21:00 | More by beatenbyjacks
3.73/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
A: kind of a fas food deli feel with beer pics on the wall. But, I got the tour of the brewery and that made up for the lack of atmosphere up front. The brew gear is pretty sweet but the bar is cheesy.
Q: great German lagers.
Selection: seemed standard for German lagers. But different because of the deviation from the in your face hops that most craft brews are shooting for. Good beer.
04-12-2014 03:30:49 | More by jellikit
Prost Brewing Company in Denver, CO
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