Name: Woods Boss Brewing Company
Location: Denver, CO
What you need to know: Opened in downtown Denver (close to the Rockies baseball stadium and Great Divide) in August of 2017, Woods Boss reflects its co-founders’ appreciation for the outdoors. Both Jordan Fink and Chad Moore started at unrelated careers before getting into brewing, with Fink spending time at Tommyknocker Brewing before helping to open Nepal’s first brewery. He then returned to work for Tommyknocker and Odyssey Brewing while teaming up with Moore, who worked for Lockheed Martin, to open Woods Boss. The outdoorsy décor and the varied beer list combine to make an inviting refuge from downtown Denver, and Woods Boss was named Denver’s Best New Brewery Taproom in 2018 by Westword.
Beer/Food Pairing #1: Form and Function (Belgian Quadrupel / 12.8% ABV) paired with Cumin Roasted Carrots with Honey and Puffed Grains
Notes/Thoughts: This quad is brewed with 40 pounds of fig puree and aged for at least two months on Dominican cacao nibs and dried cherries, and these flavors meld quite well; I think this beer can hide its 12.8% ABV very well. The cumin roasted carrots should accentuate both the spice and the sweetness in the beer. Sorry, Bill.
Beer/Food Pairing #2: Saison Paradiso Aged in Chardonnay Barrels (Saison / 9% ABV) paired with Chicken Roulade with Fennel and Tarragon
Notes/Thoughts: The base saison is brewed with slightly darker malts than expected, and also utilizes grains of paradise to add spice and a hint of chocolate to the tart flavors from the combined Belgian and French yeast strains. El Dorado hops add a touch of tropical flavor to the finish. The saison was then aged in chardonnay barrels for four and a half months. Reviews are limited but generally positive, and the chicken is a natural pairing for both the saison and the chardonnay flavors, so this should be a pretty good pairing as the temperature inside the festival goes up.
Overall Impressions: It is hard for a new brewery to open in Denver and stand out from the crowd, but Woods Boss is gaining recognition for its beer and its taproom. Savor is always a good opportunity to try out new breweries on the rise from around the country, and this one certainly fits the bill.
Written by Bruce Webster