It is certainly no secret that we enjoy having both different beers as well as wine during our travels. We had heard about a brewery in Denver that was creating beers with fermented grapes and we knew that we had to give them a try. The Liberati Restaurant and Brewery has 15 different Oenobeers, or beers made with as much as 49% of the fermented ingredients coming from grapes. We sampled several of the beers that they offered and each had its own flavor profile. For some, there was no mistaking the wine component of the beer as the grape flavors were very noticeable. There were others where you wouldn’t even know that the beer was brewed with grapes if you hadn’t read the menu. And there was even one beer that tasted exactly like a port wine and, if you didn’t know better, you would never think it was a beer.
The first beer that we tried was called the Sea of Cherries and it was definitely on the fruity side. It was made with Pinot Noir grapes, but the flavor of the cherries certainly were up front. The second beer was a Franciacorta that was bubbly and the champagne-like qualities certainly came through. Next was an Imperial Kolsch and the taste was that of a traditional beer despite having been brewed with Pinot Grigio grapes. Another beer that was more on the traditional side was a Nut Brown beer that was darker beer with a nutty flavor. The final beer that we tried was the Port Oenobeer, which we have already mentioned tasted exactly like a port wine, bold and delicious.
It is certainly an interesting innovation in brewing beers. Even with the grapes, the beers can have just as diverse flavors as any other beer, including IPA’s. Although we only tasted one-third of the beers on their list, we are excited to try them again the next time that we are in Denver. The restaurant itself has a wide variety of Italian food and a wonderful atmosphere, including an outdoor patio area.
8 thoughts on “Wine-Beer at the Liberati Restaurant and Brewery in Denver, Colorado”
This sounds awesome! I’ll have to squeeze in a visit during my trip to Colorado next month.
It is a neat place!
I don’t like beer, but I do love wine, so wonder if I’d like any of those beers. May have to try it when I’m in Denver.
Only the cherry and port tasting ones have the strongest taste of the wine grapes. The rest are very subtle.
I liked port and my boyfriend loves cherry-tasting anything, so we may check it out!
Oh My God I’ve got to see this play and try their crazy beer! My husband loves going to breweries but I don’t care for beer much, but these actually look very interesting. Thanks so much for sharing, I’m fascinated.
Pete is the beer drinker, I like wine. But I really enjoyed several of their beers.