Brewery reviews- Colorado

March 31, 2017

BREWERIES IN COLORADO

 

Avery Brewing Company

4910 Nautilus Court, Boulder, CO

https://www.averybrewing.com/

Founded: 1993

Last visit: May 2017

 

Nice: Huge new facility with a great tour.

Many beers on-tap of all varieties.

They're doing two exciting series of taproom-only beers- One based on ancient recipes, the other made from grapes to taste like different kinds of wine.

Stupid: Their beers are strong so designating a driver is a grand idea.

Notes: If you've only visited their former small taproom, absolutely check out the new place.

Favorite beer: Chai High (seasonal beer brewed with tea)

Food: Full menu served on two floors.

Rating: 🍺🍺  Definitely go.

 

 

CAUTION: Brewing Company

1057 South Wadsworth Boulevard, Lakewood, CO

https://www.cautionbrewingco.com/

Founded: 2011

Last visit: May 2017

 

Nice: Very friendly bartender was enthusiastic to greet everyone who entered.

Weekly open-mic nights and other events.

Their website has a feature that shows where else their beer is available.

Stupid: Atmosphere was fairly basic but I think that's what they were going for.

Notes: Most of the beer is brewed off-site but some equipment can be seen in the back.

Favorite beer: Lao Wang Lager (spiced lager)

Food: There's a Wingstop next door or you could order in.

Rating: 🍺🍺  Definitely go.

 

 

Cerebral Brewing

1477 Monroe Street, Denver, CO

http://cerebralbrewing.com/

Founded: 2013

Last visit: May 2017

 

Nice: The general theme is science-inspired.

A neat place to go outside of downtown Denver.

Interesting bottle designs were done by a talented local artist.

Stupid: Not many beers on-tap but hopefully that will change.

Notes: Cerebral is (not accidentally) near the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Learn some stuff there then ponder it over some good beers.

Favorite beer: Known Entities (English-style brown)

Food: Local popcorn but no "real" food served.

Rating: 🍺  Skippable.

 

 

Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern

1020 East Lincoln Avenue, Fort Collins, CO

http://fortcollinsbrewery.com

Founded: 1992

Last visit: May 2017

 

Nice: Warm greeting from bartenders and locals.

Their tasty beers are currently available in 18 states.

Very close to Odell and Snowbank breweries.

Stupid: Taproom smelled of stale beer and the staff seemed to not care.

Notes: The city is doing construction on nearby roads so check the website for the best route to get there.

Favorite beer: Kettle-Soured Dark Cherry Imperial Red Ale

Food: Full menu served in the attached restaurant.

Rating: 🍺🍺  Definitely go.

 

 

Funkwerks

1900 East Lincoln Avenue, Fort Collins, CO

https://funkwerks.com

Founded: 2010

Last visit: May 2017

 

Nice: They specialize in mostly saisons and sour beers.

Bartender Kip is very nice and engaging.

Simple but clever marketing design.

Stupid: Located in an industrial area which apparently gets shady at night so reconsider walking.

Notes: Check out their array of 160 oak barrels for aging their delicious beers.

Favorite beer: Bromance (floral sour)

Food: No food served.

Rating: 🍺🍺  Definitely go.

 

 

Great Divide Brewing Company

2201 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO

http://greatdivide.com/

Founded: 1994

Last visit: May 2017

 

Nice: Yeti beers!

Nice bar area and additional seating space around the corner.

They also have a Barrel Bar about 1.5 miles away.

Stupid: Staff seemed to care only about their phones and making money.

Notes: Close to Coors Field- where the Rockies play- so pop over for some beers after the game (or in the third inning like I did because baseball is horribly boring).

Favorite beer: Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti (imperial stout)

Food: No food served.

Rating: 🍺🍺  Definitely go.

 

 

New Belgium Brewing Company

500 Linden Street, Fort Collins, CO

21 Craven Street, Asheville, NC

http://www.newbelgium.com

Founded: 1991

Last visit: May 2017

(The original brewery is in Colorado; the North Carolina expansion opened in 2016. Everything about both locations was similar so I combined the reviews.)

 

Nice: Excellent free tour which ends with a slide! Sign up for it on their website.

Large, dog-friendly taproom.

World-class beers that even some Belgians enjoy.

Seems like an awesome place to work. It's employee-owned so everyone you see is the boss!

Stupid: Nope.

Notes: The story behind the name Fat Tire (their flagship beer) is so good.

Favorite beer: Transatlantique Kriek (lambic)

Food: Food truck outside.

Rating: 🍺🍺  Definitely go.

 

 

Odell Brewing Company

800 East Lincoln Avenue, Fort Collins, CO

https://www.odellbrewing.com

Founded: 1989

Last visit: May 2017

 

Nice: Large facility with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.

Live music is a common occurrence.

Near Fort Collins and Snowbank breweries

Stupid: Road construction makes it difficult to get to the entrance but they're definitely open.

Favorite beer: Myrcenary Double IPA

Food: No food served.

Rating: I showed up 15 minutes to closing so I can't rate it properly.

 

 

Oskar Blues Brewery (Tasty Weasel Taproom)

1800 Pike Road, Longmont, CO

https://www.oskarblues.com

Founded: 2002

Last visit: May 2017

 

Nice: Great free tour focused on their history and love for the canning process.

Common beers and taproom-only brews available. All very good.

A nice outside porch area for hanging out.

Stupid: The original brewery is apparently small and difficult to find. It's also away from the city. Stick with this place

Notes: They recently bought Florida's Cigar City Brewery to increase distribution so be on the lookout for both.

Favorite beer: Old Chub (Scotch ale)

Food: Two guys were cooking *free* burgers when I went and they usually have some kind of food available, though not always free.

Rating: 🍺🍺  Definitely go.

 

 

Rally King Brewing

1624 South Lemay Avenue, Fort Collins, CO

http://rallykingbrewing.com

Founded: 2015

Last visit: May 2017

 

Nice: Welcoming and cool despite being in a strip mall.

Attentive bartender and chatty locals.

Stupid: I had to enter a beer in Untappd because they don't regularly update it.

Notes: Dungeons & Drafts next door is a cool restaurant with open-mic comedy on Wednesdays and events with nerdy themes like Star Wars.

Favorite beer: Problem Child (sour)

Food: Small snack menu.

Rating: 🍺🍺  Definitely go.

 

 

Rock Cut Brewing Company

390 West Riverside Drive, Estes Park, CO

http://www.rockcutbrewing.com/

Founded: 2015

Last visit: May 2017

 

Nice: Located near but off the main street where tourists flock.

Decent-sized taproom with small outdoor seating area.

Stupid: Estes Park is in the middle of the Rockies so this is really a good place within a destination.

Notes: The hotel from The Shining is nearby.

Favorite beer: Smoky Brunette (brown)

Food: No food served.

Rating: 🍺  Skippable.

 

 

TRVE Brewing Company

227 Broadway, Denver, CO

http://trvebrewing.com/

Founded: 2011

Last visit: May 2017

 

Nice: Beers are mostly unconventional but very tasty.

Theme of the place is heavy metal- loud music, devilish artwork, etc.

The spelling of their name is a nod to ancient Rome.

Stupid: It's on a main street but a bit tricky to find.

Notes: If you don't like or at least tolerate heavy metal, go elsewhere. Or get a better taste in music.

Favorite beer: Bridge Burner (they call it a Raw Ale; dark sour brewed in an interesting way)

Food: No food served.

Rating: 🍺🍺  Definitely go.

 

 

Verboten Brewing & Barrel Project

127 East 5th Street, Loveland, CO

http://www.verbotenbrewing.com

Founded: 2013

Last visit: May 2017

 

Nice: Their beers are more experimental than conventional.

Loveland is a nice stop on your way south from Fort Collins.

Their name (German for 'forbidden') was chosen to oppose the Reinheitsgebot.

Stupid: It's in a strip mall but is a cool space anyway.

Notes: They have a mango beer called Run-By Fruiting. If you don't get that reference, I am mad at you.

Favorite beer: Angry Banjo (dark cream ale)

Food: No food served but there are places nearby.

Rating: 🍺🍺  Definitely go.

 

 

Wibby Brewing

209 Emery Street, Longmont, CO

https://www.wibbybrewing.com

Founded: 2014

Last visit: May 2017

 

Nice: They brew and serve only lagers.

Good-sized taproom with outdoor seating and games

Stupid: Two of the listed beers I wanted were unavailable. I don't know if this is a regular problem or not.

Notes: The bartenders and some customers got all dolled-up for Kentucky Derby day.

Favorite beer: Double Dunkel (dunkelweizen)

Food: The occasional food truck.

Rating: 🍺  Skippable.

 

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