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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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

Diebolt Brewing: Your Local Brew – Part 1

Your Local Brew is a mini-series charged withThe Sunday Crowd at Diebolt Brewing catching-up on all the incredible new breweries that opened in 2013.  A year ago, we could make the claim that we’d visited every brewery in the state, but with the fury of grand openings during the last ten months, and several more openings between now and early 2014, we have a lot of Colorado Craft tasting to complete.

While exploring some of the newest spots in the state, a theme emerged early on, and it’s a theme that we’ve observed many times before: there’s quite possibly room for a small brewery to open up in your neighborhood, in every neighborhood. Like the local dive bars of yesteryear, once made hip again by the hipsters and the DINKS, a new brewery has the potential to quickly become a gathering place for the after-work crowd, the post-dinner social, and the Saturday pint. Continue reading

Stout in the Springs (and a Hike)

I’m on a kick for seasonal beer, and it’s been a while since we’ve visited Colorado Springs. So I tracked down some malty beverages and we headed south on I-25 last weekend.  But it seemed far too beautiful to hide inside all day, delicious beer or not. I also researched a new hiking area, something a little different from our usual tour in Garden of the Gods.

The sudden change in weather might make this post just a little bit late.  Though if it warms up again, a hike in Castlewood Canyon State Park, (near Castle Rock and north of the Springs), will surely satisfy your outdoor cravings. Continue reading

The Javert at Renegade

Brandy Barrel-Aged Javert Brew at Renegade is awesome!  Enjoy it while on our newly updated West Downtown Denver Drive!

Big Choice, Yes Indeed

Big Choice Taps and Menu

Big Choice Brewing in Broomfield definitely exemplifies the growing craft beer scene. After a summer away, we’ve been playing catch-up to visit all the new breweries that recently opened in Colorado.  And we’re not there yet; we look forward to the spots we still need to visit. None-the-less, two very clear themes have emerged in our recent explorations:

1) The need for a local brewery in neighborhoods of a large metropolis, and down the street in small towns, remains a driving factor and business model.  This is wonderful news.  Until every town and lots of neighborhoods have breweries, it’s quite possible that the Colorado beer scene can, and will, continue to grow. Sounds good to me . . . we’ll continue to have lots of choices about breweries to visit throughout the state. Continue reading