Carver Brewing Company

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A visit to Durango, Colorado wouldn't be complete without an adequate stop at Carver's Bakery and Brewpub. Recent good fortune allowed me to receive a personal tour of the brewing facilities by owner and brewmaster Bill Carver. After viewing the space efficient operation the next logical step was to thoroughly sample the current production. The Animas City Amber Ale proved to be somewhat cloudy, hoppy, aromatic, with a full-bodied palette and medium carbonation. There was a nice balance with hops a bit more pronounced over malt and a pleasant aftertaste. The Brown Ale is light in color, with a light body, smooth and lightly hopped. The Purgatory Pilsner was a light amber color, well carbonated and had good head. Medium bodied and smooth, there was a pleasantly hoppy palette. The Barley Wine, opaque and sweet with an interesting aftertaste, went down easily with the malt dominating slightly the hops. The Stout seemed carbonated yet no head was present. Surprisingly light on the palette, the roasted flavor was accompanied by a noticeable hops presence.

The live music, freshly baked food, and cozy brewpub atmosphere make Carver's one of Durango's must see attractions. Now check out their outdoor beer garden!

Carver Brewing Company
1022 Main Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301

Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - March, 1996

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