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“More” has been trending at bars and restaurants as of late. You may have noticed the bottles race—tap lists growing longer, wine cellars deeper, and the number of whiskey label selections ever higher. While more choices for consumers is great in theory, the reality is that without an organized list or a knowledgeable staff, deciding what to drink has become a daunting task.
Enter Kline’s Beer Hall, an almost one-month-old bar and restaurant in Old Town Arvada. Kline’s is the latest endeavor from the folks behind the Arvada Tavern and Union Lodge No. 1, so it’s no surprise that the beverage program was thoughtfully designed. Unlike the Tavern and Union Lodge, however, the focus at Kline’s is beer—48 taps of it, to be exact (although a few of those taps are often devoted to ciders or wine).
General manager and beer curator Ryan Lapp is the man behind the list, which organizes the brews into distinct categories like standards, featured friends, rotation, second fermentation, nitro, and staff keg. That attention to detail—not to mention the cicerone trained staff—makes picking a beer fun rather than overwhelming. “Some people like regularity,” Lapp says. “They want to come in and have something that they’ve had before and know they like.” Those folks can stick with one of the “standard” choices, 10 brews (each representative of a different style) that’ll be on the menu for at least six months. For those seeking something more adventurous, any of the “featured friends” beers are a good bet. Lapp created this section to highlight breweries, rather than specific brews, that he loves. Lapp says that partnering directly with breweries like this is a win-win: “We get more unique beers since they’ll set aside kegs predestined for Kline’s, and they can make more interesting beers and know that they have an avenue for allocation. It allows the brewery to participate in the restaurant, as we’ve essentially given them the tap.”
Lapp’s list features solid brews from near (like Brewery Rickoli’s Scotch Ale) and far (like Green Flash Brewing Company’s Pacific Gem Single Hop Pale Ale)—and it offers something to appease beer novices and geeks alike. Settle in at the bar, snag an order of the Buffalo-fried cauliflower and a house-made bratwurst, and let the helpful staff guide you to beer nirvana.
7519 Grandview Ave., Arvada, 303-862-9585