Something to Watch For! And 4 New Places to Check Out!

With the constant opening of new breweries, it’s sometimes easy to forget the originals are still creating and producing great beer.  This month’s edition of Rocky Mountain Brewing News covered the expansion of Breckenridge Brewery … they’re building a farm, restaurant and brewery in Littleton.  It’s cool to see this development as it combines local beer and local agriculture, two things very true to everything happening in Denver and Colorado these days.  We hope to see you at this exciting new operation in the Spring of 2015! Here’s a link to the Denver Post article.

And if you’re looking for some new spots to check out, we stopped by the following four new breweries since our trip to Hideaway Park Brewing in Winter Park, and we think they’re worth your time:

Joyride Brewing (beautiful view of Sloan’s Lake and tasty Food Trucks, along with corn-hole competitions)

4 Noses Brewing (much bigger than expected, a lovely family story, and a selection of beer that will keep you busy)

Beryl’s Beer Company (another addition to the River North mecca, brewing barrel-aged beer, & some styles you can’t find)

Blue Spruce (experienced home brewers that went professional, launching with a deep, diverse, and thoughtful menu of beer)

We hope to see you out there on a Colorado Brewery Day … Everyday!

 

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Hideaway Park Brewery: Winter Park’s Newest Craft Beer

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.

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Beautiful Breweries Abound

While the beer must be good, it’s not always just about the drink; an inviting place to enjoy tasty beer is always a must. And over the last week we’ve enjoyed three new breweries … all with absolutely stellar tap rooms.  These owners and brewers have put a lot of time, energy, and investment into creating open, thoughtful, and just simply beautiful breweries. All three spots have stunning and creative interior spaces, as well as beer gardens for the warm summer days on the horizon.  But don’t take our word for it, grab a pint and see for yourself …

300 Suns of Longmont

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Sanitas of Boulder

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222 of Denver/Centennial

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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:

Jagged Mountain in Downtown Denver: Your Local Brew #5

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With nearly 200 breweries now in Colorado, character is the one thing that will make a new place stand out.  Every brewery has the opportunity to put a twist on their stout, place their unique stamp on the tap room theme, or create a particular community vibe.

Jagged Mountain offers such character with a clear style to their beer, atmosphere, and community outreach, making them a great micro-brewery to finally pair with the near-by and ever-expanding Great Divide. And fortunately for all of us, their tap room will accommodate the crowds they should expect since they’re just a stones throw from the heart of downtown and Coors Field. So pull up a stool and enjoy …

… beautiful pictures of Colorado and mountain ranges the world over. These guys are outdoor enthusiast and mountaineers most definitely.  I joyfully imagine that a copy of Freedom of the Hills sits next to their beer recipes. After the Dirty Thirty Ultra this summer, I look forward to drinking my “earned” specialty beer.

… their “High Octane” beer menu which is a tour de force of big, bold, and flavorful brews. Though sometimes circumstances indicate that it’s best to play it safe in the mountains, that mode shouldn’t apply to breweries in Colorado.  Jagged Mountain is definitely testing the limits and walking the edge. Reminiscent of Elevation in Poncha Springs, I’m ready to take this adventure with them.

… contributing to the Jagged Gives program. Talk about an innovative way to give back to their local community.  I was already intrigued by this brewery after a few samples, but their poster about this project on my way out the door really made me pleased with what this team is up to. All small businesses should consider the community as part of their bottom line.

Mountain Toad: Your Local Brew – Part 3

Another Foothills Classic

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Golden was once home to only  Coors and its “2nd largest brewery,” Golden City Brewery. But the wave of Colorado breweries opening in 2013 has brought new taps to this delightful foothills community.  I visited Mountain Toad for the first time with a friend from out-of-town after enjoying the tasty cuisine at the near-by Sherpa House.

It was a chilly evening, so we went straight for their darker beers: the Coal Creek Black IPA and the Ryrish stout.  I was immediately impressed by the quality of both brews: well-balanced and traditional stylistic elements with a twist. Continue reading

Epic Brewing: Your Local Brew – Part 2

EpicStraight from their website, “the Epic [Brewing Co.] Team has a strong belief in doing everything all out.” And we’re now benefiting from their mentality here in Denver, as this Salt Lake City brewery has opened their doors in the RiNo. While I always write with accolades, it takes a lot these days for me to get really stoked on a new beer or a new brewery. But Epic has me ecstatic to call them a Mile High “local brew” for many reasons. My main excitement comes with their expansive, almost unfathomably expansive, beer menu . . . which is all their beer.

They offer not-so-basic, basic brews including IPAs, Lagers, Porters, and Wheat Beers in their Classic Series. And then Continue reading