The goal of catching up to all the breweries that are opening in Colorado remains illusive, but it’s a challenge I’m willing to pursue and see through. How tough. And words don’t seem like enough any more to illuminate the enjoyment and experiences we’re having out there during our Brewery Dayz. We hope that as the weather warms, you’ll find yourself on beer road trips as well. Here are some new(er) spots with unique characteristics that make them destinations and locals. Check them out!
Lunch and Beer
We’re always searching for breweries that chef food as well as they brew beer, and especially food that transcends the norm of brewpub fare. Bru on Boulder’s eastside, and LowDown on Broadway south of downtown, deliver on this demand. And while we forgot our camera during the outing to Bru, our taste buds have yet to forget either their food or their beer … it’s worth the drive for anyone willing to escape from their Denver or Fort Collins or Mountain bubble.
A Brewery with a View
Very Nice Brewery in Nederland, (a town known for its beautiful surroundings as much as its frozen dead guy), offers some great beer with a view towards the Indian Peaks and the Continental Divide. This town makes for an idyllic staycation, and this brewery makes for a perfect focus to the staycation day. Definitely try their stout infused with a fresh shot of espresso before leaving, along with everything else on the menu. And while visiting, enjoy the Kathmandu House for tasty Nepali food, and a walk along Boulder Creek for some R & R, and peace and quiet.
Hops on the Vine and Hops in the Glass
Ever since reading about the Chateau Rogue in Oregon, I’ve been waiting for a brewery to open up in Colorado’s rich farming country that offers a wine vineyard-feel, but with hop vines and craft beer. I just feel extremely guilty it took us almost 18-months to visit one of Colorado’s more unique breweries. We’ll be returning later this summer when the vines are in full bloom, but High Hops in Windsor is offering the perfect balance of expansive outdoor space overlooking the hop farm, (back dropped by the Rocky Mountains of course), along with a greenhouse beer garden for an outdoor feel during the coldest of months, and of course some very fine beer adorned by incredible artwork in the taproom. We brought several bombers home with us to continue our enjoyment of this delightful brew, but they’re not enough … I can’t wait to return! Especially since brew master, taproom host, and co-owner, Zach, will make you feel like a local, even if you’re not from anywhere near-by.
Other New Colorado Brewery Day Highlights
Pair up Oskar Blues’ Chuburger in Longmont with a revisit to Left Hand and an exploration to see a beautiful taproom at 300 Suns. Head further south from LowDown on Broadway to Denver’s newest hip spot: Former Future Brewing. And grab some post-lunch beer after Bru in Boulder at Kettle and Stone … for first time visitors, they usually offer a tasting of every beer for free … that’s a wonderful gift.