Red Leg Brewing Company celebrated its grand opening on the 4th of July, a fitting day considering the brewery's thematic and patriotic tie to the military.
The evening prior, a small soft opening was held for family, friends and media members. The following photos were taken at that event.
On tap presently are Red Leg's five flagship brews plus one special release.
The SGT Pils is the beer brewed from the World War I-era recipe (discussed in the above Side Dish link), which will be the first brew in the "time-in-service" military tribute series. It's a super easy-drinking, near-session beer and quite enjoyable.
The Cutter Wit, named as a Coast Guard tribute, sits at the same 5.3 percent ABV and is textbook for its style: Belgian yeast strains meet orange peel and coriander for another light, easy drinker.
Red Leg's Do Little IPA sources millennium and centennial hops, and Lockhart was clear to warn that he's still dialing that recipe in, while getting to know the new brew system. A CO2 problem with that tap also affected my sample, so I'll refrain from any comment here.
The Blue Nose Brown benefits from four different malts presently, and Lockhart says the current batch is a little sweeter than where he wants to go with the label; he's aiming for a little drier finish. It's certainly got a light throatiness and the malt body expected with the style.
The house Devil Dog Stout contains chocolate and rye malts and de-husked roasted barley, plus dextrin malt for some unfermentable sugars. It falls clearly on the dark-roast-coffee side of the stout world, and is great for the style.
Lastly, the special-release Redhead Saison, made for this weekend's Colorado Brewers Rendezvous in Salida, works out of a Saison yeast strain, using both the fruit and zest of lemons plus ginger. This was my favorite beer of the batch, sporting a great bouquet and well-rounded complexity with subtle fruit undertones.
A full flight of all six beers is $7, while all pints are $4.
Red Leg will open from 2 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for the next couple weeks, says Baldwin, and soon after the team will likely add Thursday, then Wednesday, hours.
Baldwin noted that he hopes the taphouse can be a gathering point to help veterans transition back to society — something the 29-year-old former artillery officer (who did a 15-month deployment to Iraq beginning in 2007) struggled with himself.
He'd like for it to be a common ground for vets of all ages to share stories and find familiar company. And down the road, he hopes to attach some form of outreach nonprofit to Red Leg.