Prost Brewing Co. in Denver, Colorado makes some of the best German beer in the US.
We are stoked that one of our favorite craft breweries is the official sponsor of the Craft Beering 2018 Oktoberfest Bash!
Prost Brewing Co. is independently owned and based in Denver, Colorado with a second location in Fort Collins, just an hour to the North of the Mile High City.
In this post it is our pleasure to share with you what they do to deliver high-quality, true to style German beer on a consistent basis.
Their beers taste so good that we drink them on a regular basis. When a recipe idea enters our heads that has to be made with a specific German style we can count on their well curated and flawlessly executed German line-up.
Traditionally made German beer…with an independent spirit
Prost Brewing Co. create premium German craft beer true to the heritage of the respective styles, Rheinheitsgebot directives and traditional German brewing processes. They do it with a fiercely independent attitude.
If you are thinking that a brewery devoted to tradition cannot at the same time have an independent spirit I ask that you continue reading and consider the forthcoming points.
Above pictures credit: The Brewtography Project
At Prost Brewing they use a solid, German engineered copper brewing system. It was built in 1963 by the renowned brewery equipment manufacturer Ziemann Sudwerk GmbH (now Ziemann Holvrieka after the Dutch company Holvrieka acquired it in 2012).
The system was built for a brewery in Grafenau, Bavaria and installed there, then renovated and sold to another Bavarian brewer in 1984. The second brewery, Brauerei Hummer, closed its doors in 2011 and the founders of Prost Brewing acquired the authentic equipment and shipped it to Denver at a cost exceeding the purchase price.
Why would someone want to go through all the trouble of acquiring and transporting an expensive, heavy, all-copper original Bavarian brewing system? The answer lies in what it can do.
Traditional brewing methods
All of Prost’s styles go through at least one stage of decoction mashing and some are subject of double-decoction and even triple-decoction. It is a time consuming process which lengthens and complicates the brewing process.
The payoff is better tasting, fuller-bodied beer.
Decoction mashing is a process during which part of the mash is temporarily removed, brought to boil and added back to the original mash, raising its temperature to the next resting stage. The goal is better sugars extraction from the same amount of less-modified malts (i.e. enhanced starch conversion by enzymes).
The most frequently cited gains from decocting are more pronounced malt flavor, more body, better color and foam stability. The crisp, dry malty characters of German lagers, including seasonal ones like Märzen are to a significant degree owed to decoction mashing.
Another process Prost Brewing follows is the use of horizontal tanks for lagering after fermentation. This lengthens the timeline to finished product by a couple of weeks for some styles and the tanks occupy a lot of space, which of course comes at a cost.
Once again the resulting cleaner and brighter beer is the reward. The signature crisp finish of lagers is owed to the extra steps of horizontal lagering and Pros’ s lagers raise to the full height of the proverbial highest standard.
In explanation lagering helps beer continue to clarify as dead yeast, protein chains and other undesirable substances settle and can be easily removed. The larger bottom surface of horizontal tanks makes them perfect for ageing beer as the yeast and other elements have to fall over lesser height to settle and that happens over a larger surface area.
Authentic Ingredients and Recipes
High quality authentic ingredients have a crucial role in making great German beer and Prost Brewing has this handled. All of their malts, hops and yeast are sourced from Germany.
The brewery pays about twice as much for imported raw ingredients as most of their craft brewing counterparts do for US sourced ones. Coupled with the traditional recipes they use and their traditional beer making processes they deliver authentic tasting German beer. And people like us prefer it and buy it.
Even the water Prost uses is not ordinary and has a story to it! The original Denver location of the brewery sits right on top of an aquifer. The water pulled from that resource is so clean that very minimal intervention is needed to perfect it for brewing. Prost also have a chemist on staff to help with required testing throughout the brewing process.
Best German Beer in US
In a world dominated by IPA having the audacity to exclusively brew German styles, using old world techniques and genuine ingredients doesn’t simply make you stand out – it almost makes you a rogue. It takes courage, dedication, passion and an independent spirit.
When you do everything, from importing raw materials to serving your beer in custom made style specific glassware it shows that you care about what you are doing. When you insist on sticking to tradition for the sake of flavor and beer quality while around you most focus on getting the next batch of beer to market as fast as possible it means you stand independent of the lure of easy fixes and short cuts.
Contrast this with the fact that even in Germany decoction mashing is disappearing – definitely in industrial scale brewing but also in smaller batch brewing. (Renowned Weihenstephaner, oldest brewery in the world, still decocts all of its beers).
Beer lovers notice these things and appreciate them.
In the case of Prost Brewing you can literally taste both tradition and independence in the beer. Hands down some of the freshest and best German beer you can buy on this side of the Atlantic.
Types of German Beer
The majority of Prost Brewing’s permanent beer line-up is Bavaria focused with a pilsner lager, Munich helles, Franconian style dunkel lager and a hefeweizen ale.
They also make two excellent styles from the North of Germany – a Kölsch style ale and an Altbier style ale.
Seasonal offerings available during the appropriate times of the year include a Doppelbock lager, a Maibock lager and a delicious, crisp Märzen.
All of the above listed brews are available for sale in over a thousand locations across Colorado and parts of neighboring states. At the brewery patrons can indulge in Schwarzbier lager, barrel aged doppelbock and other classic German styles on a rotational basis.
Exciting things are happening at Prost Brewing as we
speak write this. President David DeLine and his team are revamping the brewery’s branding and visual collateral to better reflect their core values and essence.
Prost Brewing is about the experience of enjoying authentic, clean, drinkable German beer in the company of friends and in an atmosphere of fun and Gemütlichkeit.
We have seen the new styled branding, the designs for the packaging and other visual collateral and it is beautiful! Expect to see a bolder, cleaner look reflective of the independent spirit with which things are done and the premium craft beer inside each Prost bottle.
Recipes/Pairings with Prost beer we have published:
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