BREW NEWS: New face at Mu; new brews at Launch Pad


AURORA | Don’t be too surprised if you see someone other than Nathan Flatland toiling in the brewhouse at Mu Brewery these days.

Alyssa Hoberer started at the East Colfax Avenue brewery last week as a brewer. For now, Hoberer, 26, is working part time alongside Flatland, but the goal is for her to transition to being the main brewer while Flatland runs the business side of the operation.

As for what beers she’s interested in, the recent Texas transplant said she is pretty fond of Brett Saisons at the moment. Mu doesn’t have one on tap, but she said they have one barrel aging right now that they hope to release in bombers within a few weeks.

Hoberer said she is working on a few pilot beers at home right now, too, and if they turn out well she hopes to try them out at Mu. One of those is an oatmeal raising cookie stout that she said she’s especially excited about.

Beyond that, Hoberer said she tries to keep an open mind about pretty much any beer.

“There’s not one that I won’t at least try,” she said.

The region’s booming beer scene has a handful of female faces, but it remains something of a boys club at the moment. Hoberer said she would like to be an example that encourages more women jump into the field.

“I hope it gives other women confidence to step up and not be like, ‘Oh, it’s a man’s world,’” she said.

Mu also has their new Kitchen Sink Sour Ale on tap, one of what Flatland has said will be a consistent stream of sours on tap there.

At Launch Pad Brewery, their Liberator, a tart cherry saison, is on tap. The brewery near Buckley Air Force Base also recently brought back their Interstellar IPA. The brew was Launch Pad’s first IPA ever and was very popular during its last run, which ended a couple months back.

At Copper Kettle Brewing Co., the Memorial Day weekend marks the first release in this year’s barrel-aged series. First out of the gate is their Sobremesa, an English Strong Ale with lime and agave, aged in Tequila barrels. The beer is being released Saturday on tap and in bombers.