TRVE Brewing, opening today at 4 p.m. in the Baker neighborhood, fills a much needed beer niche along the Broadway stretch. The long tap room boasts a beautiful 30-foot beer table complete with long benches meant to bring the community together. “I wouldn’t have put in the biggest table in Denver if I didn’t want people to talk,” says Nick Nunns, owner of the brewery. His small three-barrel system is housed in his 250-square-foot brewhouse in the back. “I don’t want more 50-barrel brewery houses, I want more small barrel systems,” Nunns shares. With a small brewing system, TRVE will have a great amount of flexibility to try multiple beers, none with typical style guidelines.
“Where’s the fun in just doing one beer style?” he asks. His beers will pour from an eight-tap system with a seasonal rotation, all of them named after a black metal song or album. Wanderlust (a song by Baroness) is a belgo American pale, Prehistoric Dog (a song by Red Fang) will be an American style wheat with a touch of salt — similar to German Gose. The black IPA is appropriately named Black Cascade (a song by Wolves in the Throne Room), and Tunnel of Trees (a track by Deafheaven) will be a pine-forward IPA utilizing chinook hops for aromatics.
Nunns, Montreal-born and raised outside of Boston, isn’t one to follow conventionality. The beard-toting, electrical engineer-by-training, metal head is a bit surprising, and he grew-up drinking the good stuff. He says his first beer ever was Stone Brewing’s Arrogant Bastard, which is a far cry from Keystone Light. And while his love of metal music may permeate through his attire and beard, the name TRVE comes from an internet joke on black metal, a slight jab on the kvlt and instead enjoy it for its novelty.
Nunns will gladly converse about music, philosophy and beer peppered between the grunts and thuds of dropped barbells from the gym next door. “Imagine the yeast strains I can get from those spaces,” he jokes. Funk or no, TRVE is ready to pour. Hours: 4-10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2 p.m.-close on Fridays and Saturdays and 2–10 p.m. on Sundays.
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TRVE Brewing [Photo: Denee Pino]