Why have one location when you can have three? Kannah Creek Brewing does just that with its three locations. Recently opened Kannah West is located in Fruita Colorado, and “The Edge” and “The Creek” are both located in Grand Junction Colorado. At the time of my visit to Grand Junction, The Edge and The Creek were my choices. Typically there would be no need to choose between two different locations. They both offer the same beer and both have food. But it is the food that sets them apart. The Edge food menu features burgers while The Creek features pizza. So what’s a girl to do? Is it pizza and beer or is it burgers and beer? Well, I may surprise you as I am usually a burger and beer kind of girl, but on this day I went with pizza. Which meant that I visited The Creek location.
I rolled in for an early lunch right around their opening time of 11 am. The bartender chatted with me for a bit, while pouring me a flight of beers. The flight consisted of four beers selected by me of the seven “mainstays” they have on tap. They also have some rotating beers as well as a full bar.
After scouring over the menu I took the recommendation from the bartender and went with the BBQ Pit Pizza for lunch. This pizza was sprinkled with spicy Italian sausage, applewood smoked bacon, jalapeno peppers, Roma tomatoes and cheddar cheese drizzled with BBQ sauce. Aside for being a little on the spicy hot side (for me) this pizza was delightful. I ended up picking a few jalapeno pepper off and that helped tone down the spice for me. I ordered the 10” size pizza and had plenty of food left over for a snack while visiting the Colorado National Monument later that day.
Once my beer flight arrived I gave the Island Mesa Blonde a try first. This beer has a 5.25% Alcohol By Volume (ABV) and a 25 International Bittering Unit (IBU). The beer is a good gateway beer, giving all macro beer lovers something to try in the microbrew world. It is light on hops and easy on the palate.
Up next was the Highside Hefeweizen with a 5.25% ABV and a 20 IBU. This was an unfiltered beer with a favored lemon note pairing up with a friendly wheat backing. This beer does have a slight spice to it which goes nicely with the lemony citrus flavor and wheat.
The Standing Wave Pale Ale with a 5.5% ABV and a 50 IBU was my next taste. This was my favorite beer our of the bunch. It had a tasty citrus flavor and was not overly aggressive on the hop. It was a good pale ale for anyone looking for a little bit more hoppiness but does not want to fully commit to an IPA.
My last taste was the Broken Oar IPA. With a 6.2% ABV and an 80 IBU, this beer sneaked in the maltiness of an English IPA. I much prefer an American IPA style, but I know some people enjoy an English IPA, hence why breweries make them. A welcomed dry hopping of Cascade and Centennial hops fill out the flavor of this beer giving it some pine and citrus notes.
“The Creek” location, where I visited, is at 1960 North 12th Street in Grand Junction Colorado. “The Edge” is location at 905 Struthers Ave in Grand Junction. Brewery tours are offered at “The Edge” location. Kannah West is located at 456 Kokopelli Blvd in Fruita Colorado.