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

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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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New Colorado Breweries in 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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.

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.

Colorado Springs’ Red Leg: Your Local Brew #4

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Tasty beer, knowledgeable and friendly staff, locals that will share a pint with you, and a theme dedicated to honoring our military men and women: Red Leg has it all. Colorado Springs is lucky to have this new spot on the northwest side of town … another great place to enjoy a post-work pint, or a beer after hiking in Garden of the Gods.

I stopped in there on a Friday afternoon earlier this month, right as they opened their doors at 2 pm. The bartender happily poured me a tasting tray while sharing many thoughts on the beer and Red Leg’s mission as a brewery.  Some regulars indulged me with their appreciation for Red Leg’s drafts, and other beer tourists, including a couple from Oregon and two army colonels, shared in my enjoyment of the tap selection.

And I’m always looking around businesses for clever innovations. Let’s just say that Red Leg’s is hidden … on purpose.  There has been a lot of talk over the past few years about breweries being designed to build community, and to do so, brewery designers recommend focusing the brewery on conversation and interaction by not filling the tap room with flatscreen T.V.s.

I appreciate this. But let’s be honest with ourselves, when Bronco Fever takes over, a bar without a T.V. will see a drop in customers and lose a prime opportunity to build camaraderie.  With all this in consideration, the crafty minds of Red Leg installed a retractable big screen.  So when the big game is on, (Broncos, Hockey Playoffs, or Lindsay Vaughn in the Olympics), we can enjoy our sports, and drink our beer too. Then the T.V. disappears when it would otherwise just be blaring  in the background with a golf match, or even worse, the dreaded ESPN football commentary show.

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