2014 | Bronze Medal - Great American Beer Festival

FLYBY

Bronze Medal - Experimental Beer: Wild Beer (19C)

Notes of ripe tropical fruit, dominated by a fresh peach flavor and aroma. We used a special coolship technique that generates minimal "funkiness" and mild acidity that will both increase up to 10 years in a cellar. FLYBY is also Colorado's first spontaneous ale.

2014 | ZAGAT - 30 Under 30

Rock Stars Redefining the Industry

James Howat and Sarah Howat

“Divide and conquer, right?” laughs Sarah Howat of the separate roles she and her husband, James, play at their Platt Park hit, Former Future. As head brewer, James relies on both his fascination with history and his training as a former science teacher to build beers on the twin foundations of tradition and innovation — be it his signature salted porter or his Singularity Principle series: Each release showcases a single malt and hop variety. All his mad tinkering serves the couple’s shared vision, however. “In early America, the local pub was the place people would meet — if there wasn’t a church in town, they’d have church services in the pub,” James says. “We’ve always wanted to have a real community-focused place.” That’s where Sarah comes in — not only to manage the bar but to coordinate outreach efforts like the membership program, the success of which has exceeded even her expectations. “One thing that’s surprised me is how diverse this neighborhood is,” she says. “Any given Saturday, we have people who just turned 21 and 70-year-old couples, people who come with their kids and bring the dogs. It’s awesome.”

2014 | The 7 Best Taprooms in Denver

The Beer: The folks at Former Future are all about going out with the old and in with the new (or maybe the other way around?). Head-honch James Howat is a former homebrewer who's using his "science background" to re-create recipes from the 1800s (a New World cream ale, a chocolate milk stout, a single-strain yeast saison, etc.). They're currently operating with five beers on tap, but plan on holding four core beers and four rotating seasonal suds in the imminent future.

The Vibe: You may notice the bar you’re resting your elbows on is made from polished, reclaimed Cessna airplane wings. Now that you’ve noticed, get your elbows off the table!

The Value: Moderately priced pours.