The Ale House at Amato’s is seasoned when it comes to making customers into regulars. The restaurant, owned by Breckenridge Brewery, has become known as Colorado’s craft beer bar because they collaborate with their competitors. The Ale House makes it a point to show off several Colorado craft breweries. On tap you will find 35 Colorado beers along with 5 taps open for beers made outside the state.
A newer event, “Chug & Grub,” showcases another way the Ale House teams up with their competition. On the second Wednesday of each month the Ale House hosts a Colorado brewery for a beer and food pairing. “By day all of us breweries are trying to make best brew. By night night we are sitting back clanking our glasses together,” explains Josh Breckel, Regional Sales Manager for Left Hand Brewing Company.
The Ale House hosted Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing Company for the March event. The tasting is complete with five beers and four smaller sized portions. Kitchen Manager CharleySinden, breaks out his creativity and food expertise to come up with combos made from scratch. When he walks into the 40 person seating room everyone chants, “Charley, Charley, Charley!” The food is that spot on.
Check out this dessert pairing. A lighter spice beer from Left Hand made with ginger, GoodJuJu becomes the JuJu beer mimosa (or “Beermosa”) when mixed with pineapple juice. On the food side is house made pear bread french toast, pineapple butter and hibiscus syrup. All plates were cleared. (There is also a vegetarian menu available for main courses)
The word on Chug & Grub spreads like wildfire and tickets sell out even quicker. You are guaranteed to meet great people and learn back stories from a representative that talks about each beer briefly. The price per person is only 25 dollars. “We are introducing people to craft beer not trying to make money,” says Sinden.
Denver Beer Company is serving brew at the next event set for April 11.