Your Local Brew: Grist

A Neighborhood Spot in Highlands Ranch

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We’re hoping these pictures tell it all … Grist Brewing Company  has a beautifully and thoughtfully designed tap room with a big center bar surrounded by additional seating, a comfortable living room area with board games, magazines, and T.V.s, and an open brew house to see firsthand where the great beer is being made.

We ordered both flights of samplers, and enjoyed the Brown, the Bock, the Stout on nitro, and the IPA the best.  They’re brewing standards and going big with a Russian Imperial Stout and Belgium offerings. This is a local brewery with something for every local … drop by if you’re on C-470!

And check out their current beer menu:

Your Local Brew: 6 New Spots!!!

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Recently, we did the Sheridan Shuffle … checking out Kokopelli (offers food locals are enjoying), and Odyssey BeerWerks,  (take home a six pack of your favorite).  Add the Arvada Beer Company to the day (bring in some  Belgian fries from right next door), and you’ve got an incredible diversity of breweries and styles without traveling far.

We then headed up to Westminster, Lafayette and Louisville on back-to-back days, enjoying the stout tap take over at Crystal Springs, cool action heroes serving delicious beer at Odd 13, and the quintessential Locals of Westminster Brewing Company and Front Range Brewing Company which are both offering solid, deep, and tasty selections.

Let us know what local brew you’re enjoying and where this week on our Facebook page so we can share it with the Colorado Brewery Days community!

More Local Brews in 2014!

And hey, if our seven-part 2013 series, “Your Local Brew,” along with our breweries-in-one-region quick sheet that we posted last weekend, didn’t point out something near you, maybe this year we’ll see a craft brew spot open up in your neighborhood! If so, let us know where and what you’re drinking locally on FACEBOOK!

A big thanks to Westword for the 2014 outlook!

Find Your Own Local Brew (Part 7)

There are lots of maps and resources out there to find out about local breweries. And our website also offers drives and ways to connect different breweries.  But if you want just a real quick glance at local breweries by town and region, here you go! Find your own local brew today, and tell us where and what you’re drinking on FACEBOOK.

Fort Collins & Vicinity (25)

Fort Collins (8): Black Bottle, Coopersmith’s, Equinox, Fort Collins Brewing, Funkwerks, New Belgium, Odell, & Pateros Creek

Greeley (4): Crabtree, Pitchers, and Wiley Roots, + High Hops in Windsor

Loveland (8): Big Beaver, Buckhorn, Crow Hop, Grimm Brothers, Loveland Ale Works, & Verbotem, + City Star in Berthoud & Estes Park Brewing in Estes Park

Longmont (5): Oskar Blues, Left Hand, & Pumphouse, + Oskar Blues in Lyons

Boulder and Vicinity (28)

Boulder (16): Asher, Avery, Boulder Beer, BRU Handbuilt Ales, Fate, J Wells, Kettle & Stone, Mountain Sun, Sanitas, Shine, Southern Sun, Twisted Pine, Upslope, Walnut, West Flanders, & Wild Woods

Louisville (5): Crystal Spring, Gravity, & 12 Degree + Big Choice in Broomfield + Beer By Design in Northglenn

Lafayette & Beyond (4): Front Range & Odd 13 , + Echo in Frederick & Bootstrap in Niwot

Nederland (3): Wild Mountain & Very Nice Brewing + Dostal Alley in Central City

Denver and Vicinity (39)

Denver City Limits (23): Blackshirt, Breckenridge x 2, Bull & Bush, Caution, Copper Kettle, Crooked Stave, De Steeg, Denver Beer, Epic, Great Divide, Hogshead, Jagged Mountain, Our Mutual Friend, Pints Pub, Prost, Renegade, River North, Strange, TRVE, Vine Street, Wit’s End, Wynkoop

Arvada (4): Arvada Beer Co., Odyssey, Yaki & Yeti, + Kokopelli in Westminster

Wheat Ridge (2): Rickoli & Colorado Plus

Golden (3): Cannonball Creek, Golden City, & Mountain Toad

Aurora (2): Dad & Dude’s Breweria, & Dry Dock

Southern Suburbs (5): Old Mill (Littleton), Grist (Highlands Ranch), Lone Tree (Lone Tree), Elk Mountain (Parker), & Rockyard (Castle Rock)

Colorado Springs & Vicinity (13)

Colorado Springs (8): Bristol, Colorado Mountain, Great Storm, Phantom Canyon, Red Leg, Smiling Toad, & Trinity, + Pike’s Peak in Monument

 Woodland Park (2): BierWerks & Paradox

Pueblo & Well Beyond (3): Shamrock (Pueblo), Purgatory (Las Animas), & Royal Gorge (Canon City)

The Mountains (43)

Arkansas River (6): Eddyline Brewery x 2 (Buena Vista), Moonlight & Amicas (Salida), & Elevation (Poncha Springs) + Gunnison Brewpub in Gunnison

U.S. 40 (2): The Library (Winter Park) & Mahogany Mountain (Steamboat)

I70 to Vail Valley (8): Tommyknocker (Idaho Springs), Dillon Dam & Pug Ryans (Dillon), Backcountry (Frisco), & Breckenridge  (Breckenridge), Crazy Mountain & Gore Range (Edwards), & Bonfire (Eagle)

Aspen & Near-by (4): Glenwood Canyon (Glenwood Springs), Carbondale Beer Works (Carbondale), & Aspen Brewing (Aspen) + Revolution Brewing in Paonia

Western Slope (5): Palisade Brewing Co. (Palisade),  Rockslide & Kannah Creek (Grand Junction), Suds Brothers & Copper Club (Fruita)

The San Juans & Vicinity (13): Horsefly & Two Rascals (Montrose), Colorado Boy (Ridgway), Ouray Brewing & Ourayle House (Ouray), Telluride Brewing & Smuggler’s (Telluride), Dolores River (Dolores), Main Street (Cortez), Pagosa Brewing & Riff Raff (Pagosa Springs), Three Barrel (Del Norte), & San Luis Valley Brewing (Alamosa)

Durango (5): Bew Pub & Kitchen, Carver, Durango Brewing, Ska, Steamworks

Black Bottle: Your Local Brew #6

We’ll be adding updates about other breweries that have opened up down here on the plains in the coming weeks, and then hopefully sharing some thoughts on new spots in the mountains this summer as well. But for our final post at this point for this series, I thought we should finish up our tour of new local spots on the Front Range with something a little different in Fort Collins.

Fort Collins has been a beer Mecca since New Belgium opened its doors in the 80s.  And with Odell and Fort Collins Brewing soon to follow, it became a major beer destination.  In the last few years, Fort Fun has seen the addition of FunkWerks, Pateros Creek, Equinox, and in their early days, Crooked Stave.  All of these offer great beer diversity to an already happening town.  This is the pattern we’re seeing in a lot of places in Colorado (Loveland is another great example).

In addition to all the wonderful micro-breweries, Fort Collins has some great beer bars where you can drink selections from a variety of local breweries, and beer from across the nation. These are especially nice when you want to try several beers from different breweries side-by-side, or get a hold of a brew that you haven’t been able to find in the store.

So you can see where we’re going with this … Black Bottle offers an incredible combination of both approaches to serving beer.  They have a great selection of beers they make in-house, along with beer from several other breweries.  In a spacious tap room with tasty food to accompany both bottles and draughts, this is a beer lovers’ paradise. But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself:

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To More Great Beer in 2014!

We’re looking forward to another tasty year of beer drinking in Colorado.  Please find us on Facebook and let us know what you’re drinking and enjoying, and where.  Also, if you have ideas for beer tour drives,  spots that we’ve missed that must be included, or suggestions in general, please let us know.

Most importantly, have a wonderful year exploring Colorado’s breweries!

New Colorado Breweries in 2013


And a big thanks to Dave Butler at Fermentedly Challenge for keeping everyone really aware of all things beer in Colorado, always.  We struggled to stay up on the new breweries opening this year, but Dave’s done it again by keeping his pulse on the beer buzz here in the Rocky Mountain State. It’s been a big year for new breweries (almost 50 opening) … check out the list he published on Friday.

And we say a sweet farewell to some craft beer friends as two breweries that we visited during our travels close their doors … check out these posts in homage to the local beer they once brewed for some small towns in Colorado:  Grand Lake Brewing and Rifle Brewing.