US - Mountain The Colorado Thread

Discussion in 'Beer Travel, Events and Releases' started by quirkzoo, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. quirkzoo

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    I down here in lowly Colorado Springs, but someone has to start this.

    From my perspective we can combine all the major beer areas in Colorado into one thread because often people will be based in one location and then kick out to one or two of the others for a day.

    I will list the Major Cities here and then we can link to specific posts as they are written.

    Denver
    Boulder
    Fort Collins
    Colorado Springs
     
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  2. quirkzoo

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    Colorado Springs (a little over an hour south of downtown Denver)

    Breweries -

    Trinity Brewpub - This is probably the most well known brewery in town. Lots of good options. House beers are hit or miss and their guest tap list is usually pretty solid. Their food used to be really good however some recent changes have left it a bit lackluster, especially for the price. The patio has a nice view of Pikes Peak. Trinity is the only brewery I have listed that carries other people's beer.

    Phantom Canyon - This is an establishment in the heart of downtown. Specializing in English style beer with two beers always on cask. Solid pub fare and good happy hour benefits. Pool, darts etc. on the second floor.

    Rocky Mountain Brewery - A bit out of the way in a more industrialized area, this brewery specializes in fruit beers (several world beer cup awards) and strange adjuncts (smore beer...). Their regular lineup is decent, no bottles but they fill growlers of most of their beers. No kitchen but they do have food trucks during high traffic times.

    Pikes Peak Brewery - The up and coming brewery in town. Recently expanded their facility to increase capacity and accommodate more barrels. Mostly American style beers, I would say that their regular offerings are the best of the local breweries. Their sampler platter is the best value in town. No kitchen but they have a panini press, pretzels...

    Bristol Brewing - Probably the most established brewery in town. Been packaging beer for a long time. Recently moved into a very cool facility that used to be a very large elementary school. For the most part their beer is pretty middle of the road. Good but not great. In the Fall they release Venetucci Pumpkin Beer made with pumpkins from a local farm. It is a local whale and people line up around the block for it. If you get the chance to try it on tap (usually sells out that night) it is a really good beer.

    Colorado Mountain Brewery - Pretty generic brewpub, beer is good, food is good, ambience is a bit chain-ish. Overall you will enjoy your time their but you won't actually remember anything special about it.

    Nano 108 - Nice selection of rotating taps, 108 per year is their goal (2/week + special releases). I have had a few selections and they seem to run the gamut from really nice to very meh. No total stinkers yet, but definitely not a consistent location yet.

    Fieldhouse Brewing - Pretty new, small brewery, south of downtown. I have heard some good things about their special releases but haven't had any yet. Their regular rotation is solid.

    Ironbird Brewing - About a block away from Fieldhouse. Pretty good stuff. The session pumpkin beer was really good. They have two taps on cask.

    There are several other smaller breweries in town (Great Storm, Redleg, Smiling Toad...) that I haven't been to so if anyone else has something to add, please do so below.
    Bars with good Beer selection-

    Brewer's Republic - Best beer bar downtown, lots of events, always great beer on tap, decent prices. Used to be strictly CO beer, they have recently expanded with some guest taps.

    Front Range BBQ - Good BBQ, very good taplist, they often host special events
    Bottle shops-
    Coaltrain - Near I-25 (the major North-South road). Usually has the best selection. Some locals get a little tired of them because there is a tendency to not always release all the special stuff (usually saved for beer dinners that they co-sponsor). Still a good store.

    Weber St. Liquors - Close to coaltrain, selection not quite as good, very friendly.

    Cheers - A little further east, good selection.

    There are several other stores in town and selection and freshness is pretty hit or miss.​


    Other Resources
    Focus on the Beer - Local website, they run lots of events and are the primary resource for beer information in Colorado Springs. They also run the "Beers Made by Walking" event each year.

    Map Produced by Focus on the Beer - http://goo.gl/maps/Z4oKE

    This list is by no means exhaustive nor definitive, please improve it.
     
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  3. FishPondManager

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    Challenge accepted.
     
  4. quirkzoo

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  5. blue_bleeder

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    Will Loveland and Longmont (Greeley, Berthoud, Windsor, etc.) all fall under the Fort Collins link? We have no breweries here in Fort Morgan (Nebraska west). The closest are for me are in Greeley and Loveland. Would love to have a map and plan of action as the wife drags me Christmas shopping....
     
  6. FishPondManager

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    I noticed Prospero was over here. He had a pretty good writeup going for the denver area.
     
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  7. lembeeker

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    (updated 11/25/13)

    Downtown
    Breweries/Tasting rooms
    Beer Bars/Restaurants
    Stores: Argonaut, Mr. B's

    Near Downtown (~3 miles or inside Denver-city limits)
    Stores: Joy Wine & Spirits, Mondo Vino, Colorado Liquor Mart
    Bars: World of Beer, Stapleton Tap House

    Outside Downtown (suburbs)
    Stores: Lukas, Davidsons, Mile High Wine & Spirits, Applejack, Total Beverage, Total Bev, Parker Payless

    Try www.beermapping.com for others.

    http://www.fermentedlychallenged.com/p/denver-area-breweries-map.html
     
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  8. jmgrub

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    Colorad(o?)ans,
    Hope everyone had a great day yesterday. I'm in town from Los Angeles and will be in Denver hitting a bunch of breweries and beer stores today. I'll be wearing very light blue jeans and a black t-shirt with a picture of a noticeably slim Charles Barkley skying for a dunk. I also wear glasses and have a sleazy mustache at the moment. If you see me anywhere, come say hi and I'll buy you a beer. Planning to hit Prost, Bull and Bush, Copper Kettle, Renegade (and possibly some others) over the course of the afternoon/evening. Look forward to hopefully meeting some folks.

    Best,
    Jeremy
     
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  9. blue_bleeder

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    I hit Station 26 on Sunday. Nice little place. Fairly busy. OK line up of beers on tap. The DIPA was spot on. A couple of others were meh, but for the most part will definitely hit again. I know it's in DenverBeerDrinker hood so he should be able to keep us updated on how they are fleshing it all out.

    Cheers.
     
  10. lembeeker

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    Lowdown and Former Future now open
     
  11. Wagon Circler

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    Hey gang. I am flying to Denver and driving to Vail on the 25th. Will be spending the first and last day of my ski trip in Denver.
    I really didnt start looking at what works best for me logistically - for a beer nerd. If anyone is bored and wants to throw some ideas my way, that would be cool. I am going to be with people who enjoy good beer and nice taprooms, but would factor in convenience as a decision maker.
     
  12. FishPondManager

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    Where will you be staying?
     
  13. Wagon Circler

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    In Vail in a condo next to the mountain. We have red eyes so we will spend time in Denver. We will not be staying in Denver.
     
  14. kuemmelbrau

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    trying to throw together another family hangout? ;)






    lymi!
     
  15. Wagon Circler

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  16. FishPondManager

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    River North, Epic, Great Divide, and the Source are all an easy stop coming and going from Vail and DIA. You could stop in to Mr Bs down there if you wanted to shop. Applejack liquors is a great spot as well just before you head up I70.
     
  17. FishPondManager

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    Am I the only one who brings his mom to Talk Beer meetups?:(
     
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  18. blue_bleeder

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    FishPondManager what's that tap room up there on the other side of the interstate of where Big Beers was held? It had some nice stuff on tap. The reuben was pretty good too.

    Edit: Found it. Vail Ale House.
     
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  19. Wagon Circler

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    Thanks guys - I see that crooked stave is right next to great divide - is that the same thing as source?
     
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  20. blue_bleeder

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    Crooked Stave is in The Source. The Source is kind of a weird ass indoor hippy mall. (Cool though). If you have time, Jagged Mountain is in the neighborhood too and it was really good and less crowded than either of the other two.