Celebrating German Beer Day with Seedstock Brewery
Witbier. Bock. Kolsch. Helles.
All of those types of beers and many, many more will be celebrated Friday, April 23 for German Beer Day.
Why April 23? To answer that question we have to go back 500+ years to 1516 – the day the “Reinheitsgebot” went into effect. The Reinheitsgebot is Germany’s beer purity law. It’s the law that mandates beer in Germany only be brewed with four ingredients: water, hops, malt, and yeast. You must respect the Reinheitsgebot. In addition to staying true to the Reinheitsgebot, German Beer Day pays homage to so much more: the world’s first brewery Weihenstephaner (though somewhat contested), the world’s largest beer festival Oktoberfest (sorry Great American Beer Festival) and the fact Germany has more brewery brands than anywhere else in the world.
Seedstock Brewery (3610 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204) celebrates German beers 365 day a year, rather than turning to more trendy-style beers like the milkshake IPAs and glitter beer trends of 2019. (May they rest in peace.)
Seedstock Brewery was founded by brothers Jason and Ron Abbott and close friend Frank Thomas in 2016. The Abbotts’ ancestry goes back to the Czech Republic and Germany – so German beer was always running through their veins. Seedstock Brewery is known for their award-winning approachable, back-to-basics Eastern European beers, sometimes using recipes that date back to the 1500s. They specialize in creating the highest quality kolsches, pilsners and other lagers in addition to beers you’ve probably never heard of – and are extremely difficult to find in the U.S., if they exist at all. Their tap list has featured a fredersdorfer, horner, polotmavy, broyhan, and others. They even took home their first Great American Beer Festival medal in 2020 in the historical category for their smoky Polish gratzer.
If you stop by on Friday, Seedstock will have three outstanding German beers on our tap:
- Award-winning Dusseldorf Alt, named the third best beer of 2018 by Beer Connoisseur. The Dusseldorf Alt is brewed in the ‘Dusseldorf’ tradition/style, meaning it’s less sweet and more bitter than Northern German style alt.
- Traditional German-style Kolsch
- Seedstock’s newest German beer, their Amber – their version of Kellerbier. Kellerbiers, initially brewed in cellars, date back to the Middle Ages
Looking for other German stops? Ron recommends the beloved Bierstadt Lagerhaus in RiNo as well as Halfpenny Brewing, particularly their Schwarzbier, in Centennial.
Seedstock Brewery is open Monday-Thursday 3-9 p.m., Friday 3-10 p.m., Saturday 12-10 p.m., Sunday 12-8 p.m.