New Brewery Spotlight: FATE Brewing Company, Boulder, CO

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Every now and then a special place comes along that brings that perfect blend of great craft beer and melds it with a delicious, well thought out food menu.  Boulder’s newest brewery, Fate Brewing, has quickly shown it’s heading in that direction.  FATE Brewing, led by Owner Mike Lawinski, Head Brewer Jeff Griffith and Head Chef Tim Berry are taking the pub experience to a new level.

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The brew team consists of Head Brewer Jeff Griffith (formerly of Golden City Brewing Brewery) and Assistant Brewer Mychal Johnson.  When the duo realized their 10 BBL brewhouse wasn’t going to be up and running by the time the restaurant was ready to open this past February, they teamed up with other Boulder-area breweries to make collaboration beers.  Eight beers were released in the initial series, which included collaborations with Asher, Boulder Beer, Crystal Springs, Echo, Twisted Pine, Shine, Southern Sun and Wild Woods, with styles ranging from a Chocolate Pumpkin Porter to an Eisbock.

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Their brewhouse has since been completed and their first beer, an American Stout, debuted at the brewery on March 24th.  Since that time, the FATE team has introduced all but one of their core beer lineup.  Last week, we were given the opportunity to tour their operation, sample the beers and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the restaurant.  We had a blast and wanted to share a few highlights with all of you.

First things first, THE BEER!

KOLSCH STYLE

A unique twist on an appellation from Germany, Kölsch Style Ale is light, clean and crisp with a dry finish. It has sessionable malt and hop character and a touch of sweetness. This Kölsch Style Ale is a clean, crisp and delicately balanced beer with subtle green apple and Asian pear flavors and aromas. Its fresh flavor comes from the German Pils malt and noble hops and the body glows a brilliant, gold color. This beer is excellent year-round but especially great in the summertime.

5.0% ABV, 20 IBU, Hops: Hallertau, Millenium

IPA

This beer is defined by its pronounced hop bitterness, flavor and aroma.  It has a solid malt backbone that works with the citrusy American hops. The hop bouquet resonates like flavors of tangerine and ruby red grapefruit. The mouth feel is crisp and dry leaving a balance of bitterness and rich malt on the palate. It is golden honey in color.

7.2% ABV, 70 IBU, Hops: Chinook, Columbus, Cascade, Summit, Eldorado, Amarillo

BELGIAN PALE ALE

This is a pale, brass colored beer that is well balanced, fruity and moderately spicy. It has a soft, smooth malt backbone and a relatively light hop character. The malt, hops and special yeast all work together to make an approachable, palatable Belgian style beer. It has an orange peel crispness and a ripened banana-like fruitiness with a light body and mouth feel.
5% ABV, 20 IBU, Hops: Willamette, Styrian Goldings

AMERICAN STOUT

This beer is an Americanized version of a Foreign Extra Stout. It is jet-black with strong roastiness, high bitterness and a brightness that resonates from the lively American citrus hops.

7% ABV, 60 IBU, Hops: Summit, Cascade

ROGGENBIER

Release Date: Monday, April 22nd at 11:00am

This is a bright mahogany-hued beer based on a recipe from medieval times with a rye dominant malt bill. It has a rye breadiness, a spicy fruitiness and a faintly sour and dry finish. This Roggenbier is a touch smoky, tart and sweet with characteristics of banana and clove.

5.0% ABV, 20 IBU, Hops: Hallertau, Czech Saaz

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The beers were flavorful, true to style and really showcased the great things that Griffith and Johnson are capable of making.  The final beer in their core lineup, a Roggenbier, will make its debut at the brewery on March 24th.  We also had the opportunity to sample “Let Your Fate Shine”, an Imperial IPA brewed with Shine Restaurant, which has a big malt backbone, along with citrus and pine notes.  Also on tap was a Tripel, collaboratively brewed with BRU, which was a fantastic, moderately spicy Belgian-style beer.

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The brew team plans to develop and grow a barrel-aging project in the near future.  The day we toured the brewhouse, they were filling a Buffalo Trace Whiskey barrel with their IPA.  They’ve got a lot of great ideas and some big plans that we’re really excited about.  As always, we’ll keep you posted as more details are released.

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FATE’s beer lineup also offers more 20 rotating guest taps.  Thankfully, these aren’t exactly your garden variety macro garbage either.  In fact, we didn’t notice any macro junk across the tap lines.  Instead we were tempted by first class offerings from breweries like Avery, Stone, Green Flash, Firestone Walker and more.

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FATE has tapped into the lunch crowd and the brewpub was steady during our visit.  The food, which ranges from salads to BBQ to burgers and sandwiches, is pub fare taken to the next level.  The mac & cheese was mixed with buffalo chicken bites and bacon and was downright heavenly!  There’s also a brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday and a Happy Hour from 3 – 5:30 PM Monday – Friday.  The generous portions on the kids menu were more than enough to keep our littles ones happy.  All of the menus can be viewed on the FATE website.

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This is our second visit to Fate since they’ve opened their doors back in February and on both occassions we’ve received friendly and helpful service from the staff.  Our servers and bartenders have also proven to be knowledgable with regards to the beer menu and more than happy to take care of us.

The back patio was recently outfitted with tables and chairs for additional seating or a fun game of cornhole.  There’s even a special window cut out to place orders with the bar staff.

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Flip-top growlers are in stock and ready to be filled with your favorite FATE brews.  We couldn’t resist taking home some of their delicious American Stout.

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Congrats to FATE and their successful start in the Boulder craft beer scene.  We’re excited for their new brewpub and will definitely make them a regular stop on our Boulder excursions.  It’s conveniently located near Avery Brewing, Wild Woods, the new Upslope Tap House, Backcountry Pizza and Tap House and more, which makes it a no-brainer stop during a Boulder brew tour.  Stop by and see for yourself.

Fate Brewing is located at: 1600 38th Street, Boulder, CO 80301.  303-449-FATE.

Cheers!

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