Indulge that most divine of liquids in a historic former chapel at one of the Springs’ newer craft beer venues, the Green Man Taproom & Beer Garden, which today releases a special batch of Ska Brewing’s Modus Hoperandi.
The limited edition Mandarin Modus is brewed with orange peel and dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops. We’re not completely sure what that means, but it sounds delicious and we will need to confirm this personally.
“It’s great. I’m actually drinking one right now,” said Green Man owner Scott Simmons (pictured at right), who bought and renovated the church, at 320 South Weber Street, with his wife Petra. “It’s a different kind of hops, a different kind of Modus. It’s not very citrussy and almost has a little spice or bitterness to it.”
Because of the high alcohol content (Simmons didn’t know the ABV off the top of his head), cost and scarcity of the brew, Simmons won’t be serving up pints.
“We do a 9-ounce serving. It’s rare and expensive and we want more people to be able to try it,” he said. “That’s how some of these unique beers are. There’s a higher price to get them but we’re the kind of place that’s willing to do that. With 44 taps, we want to expand people’s experiences with craft beer.”
There’s entertainment on tap for tonight as well, from Springs singer-songwriter Chauncy Crandall; Saturday, bluegrass band Duffy’s Cat performs at 8 p.m. And on Sunday, more brew festivities with a 5 p.m. tapping of a honey saison from Redstone, the state’s largest meadery, created at Dry Dock Brewery in Aurora.
Clearly, Green Man’s got the Taproom part covered. As for the “Beer Garden” part of the name, something to look forward to: Construction on an 850-sq. ft. outdoor drinking space on two elevated decks is set to begin shortly. Simmons expects the addition to be open by summer.
For more information, visit the taproom’s website.