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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Hall Brewing

We mentioned Hall Brewing last month on Facebook … it’s an awesome spot down in Parker that brings a little bit of the plains to the Denver Craft Beer scene.  So in honor of our Tornado weather here on the plains, and Hall’s truly diverse and truly tasty selection of beer, here are some photos of another great destination for a Colorado Brewery Day …

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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:

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!

http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/2013/12/20_breweries_plan_to_open_in_d.php

A big thanks to Westword for the 2014 outlook!