Ahh… the old country. If you’re feeling nostalgic about Germany, or have yet to visit the Vaterland of Beer, Prost Brewing is as close as you can get. Lucky us, there are now two locations here in Colorado, so no passport needed! The Denver-based brewery and taproom is off I-25 on the city’s west side, and their new Fort Collins taproom in old town is expected to open in early May.

Prost means ‘cheers’ in German, and after a couple of sips, you’ll be saying that a lot. So many authentic German-style beers to choose from, so where to start? Contenders include the 2015 GABF award-winning Weiβ Bier, a renowned Pils, and, in our opinion, the best Kölsch this side of Köln.

We ask manager Kevin Sheesley what makes Prost beer so special. He replied, “the focus on quality and upholding German beer-making traditions.” Instead of trying experimental varieties and styles, they stick with the classics. Prost can afford to be picky with only 5-6 flagship beers offered at a time. They use German ingredients, brew in a 65-year old German copper kettle and serve in customary German glassware. This attention to detail results in a full-on old-world beer experience.

A taskmaster of tradition, don’t expect Prost to can in the future. Sheesley contends, “German beer tastes better in bottles.” Anticipate Helles and their seasonal Maibock arriving on tap soon, with bottles to follow. Typically, German beers are lower in alcohol, so you can drink more and experiment with new styles.

Since opening in 2012, their biggest surprise is, “People really love us,” Sheesley says. Knowing the richness of local beer offerings and the sophisticated palates of NOCO beer drinkers, we’re not surprised at all.

By sticking with uncompromising quality and a commitment, to brewing the best German beer outside of Germany, the awards keep rolling in, and business continues to boom. So, prost, Prost!