What does a beer curator do?
Drink lots of beer. No, really, what I do is beer and brewery representatives come in and try me on their beer and try to get it on draft at Kline's. I use a judging system. If I feel that the beer will sell well or …
What does a beer curator do?
Drink lots of beer. No, really, what I do is beer and brewery representatives come in and try me on their beer and try to get it on draft at Kline's. I use a judging system. If I feel that the beer will sell well or taste good, or if the brewery is really starting to blow up and make a name for themselves, I like to bring those types of people on to serve their beer and get the general public excited about that brand itself. In my day-to-day operations I'm drinking beer and determining if it's good enough to put on. It's a hard job.
Can you talk about the beer at Kline's Beer Hall?
It's focused on American craft beer, but we do throw in some of what I like to call “international delights.” We focus on the smaller craft breweries, whether they be in Colorado or the entire United States, but then we also like to feature some craft breweries that are outside the U.S., typically in Europe. Paulaner has been around for years and we have their heffeweizen on right now. Historical styles we also like to put on tap. Top sellers are anything IPA or hoppy. La Cumbre's elevated IPA is a big one right now as well as eight second Kölsch from Elevation, which is out of Poncha springs, Colorado, and the Upslope craft lager. All three of those are pretty popular. We have 56 beer taps.
When looking at beers to bring to Kline's, what do you look for?
I look for something that most importantly I would drink on a regular basis. Or something that my staff would drink because if we're excited about a beer, we're going to be able to sell it a little better. But I also look for stuff that's exemplary of the beer style itself. Personally. I'm not a huge fan of saisons. They have this floral characteristic that I'm not a big fan of. But I know what makes a good one. It's always seasonal as well. So, as the weather gets colder, we put on more stouts and porters and darker beers. When the heat wave hits again we do a lot of the light stuff with honey and cucumber and summer flavors.
Personally, what's your favorite beer style?
IPA is typically what I go for. But stouts and porters are also another go-to for me. Being the beer curator, I kind of have to like all beer styles. And I do, outside of the saison. I don't seek those out. If I'm going for a stout, I like some sort of coffee or roasted flavors. If I'm looking for an IPA, I like something citrusy. The more bitter the better. I like my coffee black.
You have more than beer at Kline's?
We also have wine from Infinite Monkey Theorem. We also do a single barrel bourbon as well. The reason for the bourbon is it's basically high strength beer. We do also have food. We focus on house made sausages. All our sausages are made in house. We do five of them on a regular basis and then we give the sausage maker freedom to do a rotating house sausage as well. A lot of people don't know that we have food, which is surprising, but we have a great kitchen back there.