Breweries Near GABF: Our 2nd Mini-Series
In preparation for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), it’s time to offer some quick resources for GABF attendees and Colorado locals to visit breweries within an hour of Denver and see some scenic beauty along the way. This series will mostly highlight drives from our website, encouraging beer enthusiasts to enjoy brewery tours beyond GABF. Today’s post focuses on Denver’s recently opened breweries. Get out there and enjoy!
Episode 2: Discovering Denver’s Newest Brewery
Crooked Stave, the “Artisan Beer Project,” is exactly the place we’ve been waiting for Denver to welcome since we widened our horizons into wild, brett, and barrel-conditioned beer. Last summer, sipping sours on the patio of The Bruery in Orange, California, we discovered that our palettes had not changed, but expanded, and we wanted more.
And though we knew Crooked Stave served fine sours and farmhouse ales out of Funkwerks in Fort Collins, and that Trinity of Colorado Springs always offers a variety of Belgian beer and farmhouse ales, we selfishly wanted something to arrive in the Mile High City serving similar styles. It’s not that we don’t still love a Double IPA or an Imperial Russian Stout, it’s just that there’s this whole other category of beer that we now relish in, long for, and enjoy.
Needless to say, the news that Crooked Stave expanded from Fort Collins to a quiet tasting room in Denver brought us from inpatient waiting to somewhat absurd jubilation. The opening of a new brewery, anywhere in the Rocky Mountain State, is like a summer Christmas present for Colorado Brewery Days. To gain a better understanding of Crooked Stave’s unique nature, check out the article in the Denver Post that comprehensively covers their current operation and Crooked Stave’s hopes for future endeavors.
In addition to selling bottles of their finest selections, Crooked Stave offers four to six choices of specialty brews on tap. Making artisan beer in small quantities means the menu quickly changes. Even while we were visiting for the first time, a new brew was added at the bar, new menus were printed, and we discovered a new favorite. While some might complain about not knowing that their choice selection will always be there, I argue that you’ll always have something delicious to taste and that it’s wonderful to frequently try new beer.
Expanding the horizon of beer fans is our focus at Colorado Brewery Days. Crooked Stave offers a perfect environment to explore new and unusual beer. Some people during our visit seemed very familiar with the beer and the taproom, but many others, like us, were walking in for the first time. The atmosphere created by the owners, bartenders, and brewers was friendly and welcoming to both types of customers. So don’t be afraid to venture beyond your usual palette preferences . . . go get soured!
And definitely connect your visit of Crooked Stave to a few other near-by breweries certainly worth your visit . . . see our articles about Hogshead, and Prost and Trve to help make the decision of where to go next.
And watch for this Thursday’s post about some other Denver spots not-to-miss.