- Griffin Swartzell
Not even three years into business, Cogstone Brewing Company recently took home bronze medals in the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival, both for kooky cream ales: Beet Cream Ale at the WBC, and Chips & Salsa Cream Ale at the GABF. Our curiosity piqued, we dropped by on a Thursday, the night of their weekly firkin tapping. The Chips & Salsa Ale ($5/pint) tastes exactly like the snack. Green chile leads the nose, and sips transition from corn chip to mild salsa. A little salt, and it'd be indistinguishable from the real thing; its clean finish makes it drinkable beyond the novelty factor. On firkin, the Carrot Cream Ale With Tajín Spice ($4/pint) pours opaque orange and tastes like a raw carrot, vegetal and faintly sweet, though we don't get the Tajín flavor. Food offerings have improved, though. An on-special spinach Toscana pizza ($11.95) comes sans red sauce, with shredded spinach, bacon, tomatoes and balsamic on mozzarella and olive oil for a composed bite on a pleasant thin crust.