Today, we stumbled on to Hideaway Park Brewery in Winter Park … what a find! It opened just last week with very little press or fanfare, even waiting until after the July 4th madness to put the welcome sign out. And while it might thus be a little understated, it’s refreshing to see a new brewery beginning small, focusing on its beer, and building a taproom that offers the friendly, community atmosphere, which few other establishments can create.
With new breweries opening up constantly, we’ve too often noted how difficult it is to keep up with every local brew in Denver and Colorado. Hideaway Park Brewery though, has found a perfect niche in the ski-bike-outdoor adventure town of Winter Park. While the Library down the street serves a wide array of beer, mixed drinks, and food, its sports bar vibe offers something different than the intimate tap room of Hideaway Park.
We liked several elements about Hideaway Park Brewery: 1) the owner and bartender, Andy, introduced himself the minute we walked in and made conversation with us about beer, business, and the outdoors; 2) during our 90 minutes at the bar, we met several locals that were as excited about the new brewery as we were, and warmly welcomed us to their town; 3) the brewery decor reminds you that you are in a quintessential craft beer establishment (malt bags, kegs, containers, and other brewing supplies adorn the walls, the brew house is visible from the seating area, and the bar itself is beautifully designed from re-purposed Wyoming snow fence … stunning!); and 4), maybe most importantly, the beer is of course delicious, thoughtful, and sessionable (the rye stout stands out), with more new styles coming soon from the fermenter.
But as usual, don’t take our rambling words for it … have a look at some photos. Or even better, make a Colorado Brewery Day out of it: drive over stunning Berthoud pass, go for a hike along the Fraser River trail, and reward yourself with a beer at Hideaway Park Brewery.