38 State Brewing Company – Littleton, CO

38 State Brewing Company is our first featured brewery in Littleton, CO, and they’re also the first brewery/taproom located in Littleton. The name 38 State Brewing is in honor of Colorado becoming the 38th state to join the union in 1876. I had the opportunity to get some background information on 38 State Brewing from Brett Blazek, VP of Marketing, and one of the 4 part owners of the brewery. 38 State Brewing Logo

38 State Brewing started much like everyone else (homebrewers), and decided to take their passion for brewing to the next level after friends and family gave them ample amounts of positive feedback about their product. Initially they began brewing as a hobby, never thinking it would escalate to anything more than that, but friends can be quite persuasive, so they decided to take 38 State to the next level and open their very own brewery.

38 State Brewing is currently located at 8071A S. Broadway in Littleton, which makes them the very first brewery/taproom in the city. 38 State is strictly a brewery, so they don’t have the capability of preparing any food on site (like the Old Mill Brewery/Restaurant – also in Littleton). The team at 38 State is quite excited to be labeled with the distinction as Littleton’s first true brewery/taproom, and look to cater to those locals who have desperately wanted a place to call their own. The brewery and taproom is located just north of C-470 & Broadway.

The four owners of 38 State Brewing are: Mike and Kim Keating, Jason Virzi, and Brett Blazek. When you take a married couple, high school friends, and literal neighbors… and put all of that together, along with their backgrounds (Mike – Master Gardener, Kim – CFO of a payment processing company, Jason – Aviation Project Manager, and Brett – a humble school teacher), you get the heart and soul of 38 State Brewing Company! 38 State Brewing is glad they could come together and give Littleton something that it has been missing, and hope they will continue to do so for decades to come. In my visit with Brett Blazek, it was evident there is a ton of passion behind what is being done at 38 State Brewing. Great beer, good friends, and a fun place to get together is how I would describe what the owners of 38 State have created.

38 State is about as small as a nano-brewery can get. The brewery is currently running a one-barrel system made by Ruby Street Brewing (out of of Fort Collins). Head brewer, Mike Keating, along with two assistant brewers put in long hours the one-barrel system to ensure that 38 State can meet the demand of its patrons. 38 State opened to the public on May 10, 2014 and had such a positive turnout that they actually went light on a couple of their beers due to demand being so high. This was great news for the brewery, but meant that they would have to crank up the production schedule.

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38 State Brewing’s  logo – spray painted mural in the taproom

The team at 38 State is quite fond of their little one-barrel system as it allows them to not only produce their staple beers, but gives them the freedom to try new things, recipes, ideas, etc. knowing that if lightning doesn’t strike, they’re only out one barrel as opposed to twenty. This freedom and creative approach is what they began with back in the garage while homebrewing, and they continue to keep the same thought process day in and day out. One of the many things that 38 State is proud of is the truly “hands-on” approach to what they do. According to Brett Blazek, “Each day our grains are milled by hand, and that hands-on process doesn’t leave until that beer is poured into a guest’s glass. Milling, steeping, stirring, transferring, pouring… it’s all done (by hand) by our fantastic staff who understands what it takes to make a great pint of craft brew.” Brett Blazek 38 State Brewing

The Beer: In addition to the list below, 38 State plans to constantly introduce new styles to keep their beer selection fresh and different. Since their opening they’ve also showcased a small batch of Broadway IPA (a traditional IPA), and have two others debuting within 10 days time. As Brett Blazek puts it, “Again, we have this creativity per our one-barrel system, and we couldn’t be more excited to give the people something new time and time again.”

One thing I think is really cool about 38 State Brewing is that they’re still figuring out which beers are the most popular. Since they’ve only been open about a month, they’re taking feedback from patrons to figure out which beers should become a staple. Visitors of 38 State have the distinct opportunity to help shape future beer offerings by trying different beers, and providing feedback to the staff. It’s pretty cool that the people coming in to try a fresh craft beer, may also be the reason one of 38 State’s beers becomes a local favorite.

38 State’s current stable of beers consists of a little something for everyone. Keep in mind that with the current system, styles will be rotating frequently. The beer listed below may not be available tomorrow. The good thing is that overall, 38 State brews awesome beer, so you’ll be able to pick at least 1-2 that you’ll really enjoy when you visit.

Beer List:

  • Golden Lemon-Honey Wheat: This beer is created using fresh lemons, organic lemon juice and local Colorado honey. This American style Wheat beer has a crisp and refreshing taste that will help you get through the dog days of summer – or any time of year! Not too tart, not too sweet, we dare you to have just one! ABV 5.4%
  • ColorAmber Amber Ale: This American style Amber Ale focuses heavily on the special blend of both Munich and Biscuit malts which create a flavorful beer that is unbelievably drinkable. Add to that the pairing of Fuggle and Willemette hops, and you have an Amber Ale complete with superb taste and feel, making it a truly well-balanced session beer. ABV 4.3%
  • Great Plains Scottish Ale: This ale undergoes an extensive boil to help achieve its remarkable flavor and crisp bronze color. The high levels of fermentable sugar in conjunction with the gentle hop balance make this beer a special blend of savory malts and rich aromas that is sure to satisfy. ABV 6%
  • Two Buttes Double IPA:  A brew for serious hop heads! This robust and genuinely flavorful Double IPA is inspired by the old world style of brewing, making it a favorite amongst beer drinkers. A strong Double IPA, this beer endures a lengthy boiling process to guarantee maximum flavor from its special blend of grains. This recipe’s meticulous attention to detail of both malt and hops creates a “beast” of a beer. ABV 9.2%
  • Chocolate Stout: This is a very creative recipe inspired by both classic English and Irish stouts. We use an awesome blend of chocolate and coffee malts. This stout is lightly hopped to complement the roasted flavors unleashed during the boiling process which leads to an easy drinking beer. ABV 6.5%
  • Littleton Kolsh: This one’s brand new! We’ll have a description and ABV soon!
  • Chocolate Oatmeal Stout: Chocolaty, a little smokey from the oatmeal, and a good choice for fans of stouts.
  • Dunkelweizen: Dark in color, smooth, refreshing beer for a hot day. Well, any day really.
  • Lunch Pale Ale: A great summer Pale Ale with a subtle hoppy flavor. This is a great beer for someone that may have avoided hoppy beers in the past. Try this one out, and you will see what you’ve been missing.
  • ESB: A smooth ESB, with a subtle bitterness.
  • IPA: We didn’t try this one, but it will be back soon.

After visiting 38 State Brewing, and sitting down with part owner, Brett Blazek, I can say without a doubt that beer drinkers will enjoy visiting the first brewery and taproom in Littleton. The atmosphere is inviting and the feel of the taproom is unique. 38 State is located in an area that is predominantly automotive. There are repair shops, dealerships, and other automotive business close by. The building they’re located in is actually an old garage that has been revamped, and now has the feel of a modern cabin. There’s nice woodwork on the walls, flights are served on hand-crafted wooden serving trays, and the old garage doors open to give the taproom an outdoor feel. Of course, if you want to sit outside, there is a nice patio in the front as well. It’s fitting that 38 State opened in an old garage, as that is how the owners began brewing together years ago. I look forward to seeing the growth of 38 State Brewing, and will definitely be heading back to try more of their outstanding Colorado craft brews. Check them out at the link below.

38 State Brewing Company LLC
8071A S. Broadway
Littleton, CO 80122
760-220-8580

Ironworks Brewery & Pub – Lakewood, CO

Ironworks logo - FINALIronworks Brewery & Pub is located in Lakewood, CO on Alameda Pkwy. Ironworks sits on the eastern edge of Green Mountain, a popular area for mountain bikers and hikers, and is only a 15 minute drive from Downtown Denver. Ironworks has been brewing craft beer for nearly 25 years, or as they describe themselves, “Suppliers of great beer to all beer drinkers of Lakewood, Colorado, since 1989″ (www.Ironworkspub.com).

Ironworks Brewery & Pub was opened by a working class, blue collar iron worker that loved beer, and saved enough money to open his own brewery. The atmosphere at Ironworks is a direct reflection of the original owner’s blue collar roots, and has an industrial, hard-working feel. You’ve probably seen a movie where the main character works hard with their hands all day and can’t wait for the day to end. On the way home they stop at the local pub for a fresh beer from the tap, and have a beer with all of the other hard-working folks from the neighborhood. Ironworks could be the set for this type of scene. While Ironworks has an industrial, tough as nails appearance, their beer is outstanding, and as fresh as you will find anywhere in town.

Ironworks Brewery

Owner, Mike Mader (left), Master Brewer, Mike George (right)

I was able to meet with Owner, Mike Mader, and Master Brewer, Mike George. It was great to find out the background of the name, and the history of Ironworks Brewery & Pub. Ironworks was the first craft brewery in Lakewood, CO, and went nearly 25 years as the only brewery in Lakewood (Caution Brewing opened earlier this year). Ironworks has great history, and is a staple to those living in the Green Mountain area. The brewing equipment at Ironworks is the same equipment that was originally used in 1989. While the equipment is the same, ownership has changed, and the production at Ironworks is on the rise. Mike George was proud to share that Ironworks averaged 350 barrels per year, prior to last year. In 2013, Ironworks produced 852 barrels of beer! The goal is to increase this number in 2014, while keeping the same great quality that Ironworks currently offers its loyal beer drinkers.

Mike George has been brewing at Ironworks for two years. Prior to that he was a regular patron at Ironworks. Mike decided he wanted to try his hand at brewing, and started training at Estes Park Brewery. New to brewing, Mike worked at Estes Park Brewery and at Ironworks in order to learn as much as he could, often putting in 90 hour weeks. Eventually, Mike became the Master Brewer at Ironworks. Mike has been on a mission to improve the quality of all the beer at Ironworks, while also trying out new styles along the way. In my visit with Mike, it was obvious how much he loves beer, and that he puts everything he has into brewing great beer. He’s not happy sticking with the status quot, and is constantly stepping outside the box to try something new.

A cool new addition in 2013 was a hop garden in the back of the building at Ironworks. Ironworks has been busy growing hops of different varieties that will eventually be used in some of the beer at Ironworks. If you’ve never seen hops grown, you’ll have to check out the hop garden at Ironworks. Mike’s passion for hops is not just evident in the hop garden. He’s working on a coop with 30+ breweries in the Denver area to ensure they have great hops available to them. There have been shortages of hops in the past, that have made it difficult for some smaller breweries to have the hops they need. To find out a little about Mike’s hop coop, check out this link: http://www.hop.coop/.

The Beer! Ironworks has 9 beers available at this time. They rotate seasonals in addition to their regular lineup. Ironworks has a good assortment of different styles, and there is something for nearly any taste in beer. My neighbor, a beer lover and someone that visits a different brewery each week, says his favorite beer of any brewery he’s visited is the Green Mountain Pale Ale. I agree with him, the Green Mountain Pale Ale is an outstanding beer. Below is a full list of the current beers at Ironworks Brewery & Pub:

  • Alameda Amber (5.1% ABV): Employees and patrons have been having fun with this one! The Alameda Amber is an approachable blend of nutty malt character and a touch of citrus hops. It is a good all-around ale “with training wheels”. The hops won’t knock you out; nor will the malt sweetness glue your mouth shut. You will enjoy the subtle addition of Rye and Honey Malts that round out Alameda Amber.
  • Agave Wheat (5.4% ABV): Everyone’s favorite easy going style just got a new twist! This wheat beer includes the unique nuance of pure organic Agave Nectar and a hint of lime zest. The result is a sweet yet crisp and refreshing American Wheat. The allure of the agave leaves you wanting more.
  • Golden Crisp IPA (6% ABV):
  • Raspsody Rye Pale Ale (5.1% ABV)
  • Green Mountain Pale Ale (5.5% ABV): For those that enjoy hops but can’t commit to the extremes of India Pale Ale, we offer Green Mountain Pale. This Pale Ale is a pleasant blend of malt and hops. Enjoy the heady, mouthwatering aroma of citrussy domestic hops without the debilitating alcohol content. At 5.5% ABV, it won’t put you under the table before you’re ready!
  • Hop Killa IPA (6.8% ABV): The “Hop Killa” defies hop shortages, bringing you the resiny citrus blast that you crave in an American IPA. This beer has a fresh, clean hop presence that will leave you wanting more.Flavor and aroma additions include Summit, Mt, Hood, Northern and Columbus hops.
  • Krausen Kolsch
  • Chocolate Milk Stout (7% ABV)
  • The Bitchen’ Belgian White (5% ABV)

Ironworks brewed 32 different styles of beer in 2013. They plan on brewing 40 styles in 2014, as they’re constantly looking to try new things. The beer at Ironworks is extremely fresh. It goes straight from the fermentation vessels to the serving vessels, then over to the tap! At this time, Ironworks does not distribute their beer outside of the pub. They do fill growlers, or any 64 oz container for $11 (IPAs are $12.50). If you want to purchase an Ironworks growler, they go for $5.

Recently a bet between Colorado and California Congressmen included an Ironworks brew. If the Denver Broncos had lost to the San Diego Chargers last week, Ironworks would have sent their Pigskin Porter to California Congressman Scott Peters. According to Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter, “In Colorado, craft beer is as important as water to economic and job growth in our communities. As a Colorado Native, I’m confident the Broncos are going to Sic ‘Em when the Pigskin crosses the goal line.” While the Broncos won, and Ironworks didn’t ship off any of their beer, it’s pretty cool that they were included in this bet. I think it speaks to the quality of the beer at Ironworks that they were included in such a high profile bet.

Activities: Ironworks has many activities throughout the week. Below is a list of the activities included at Ironworks.
– Monday: Trivia Night
– Monday, Wednesday: Free Pool
– Tuesday: Service Industry Night
– Thursday, Sunday: Karaoke
– Saturday: Live Music

I had a fun visit with Mike George and Mike Mader at Ironworks Brewery & Pub. I was able to try out some of their beer, and really enjoyed the Battlecat Black IPA, and Green Mountain Pale Ale! Ironworks is a great example of a Colorado craft brewery that brews awesome small batch beers! I highly recommend visiting Ironworks, you will not be disappointed!

Ironworks Brewery & Pub
12354 West Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, CO 80228
Phone: 303-985-5818
www.IronworksPub.com

Colorado Craft Beer Map

Colorado-Craft-Beer-Map-HeaderCheck out our Colorado Craft Beer Map – a helpful tool to easily find local breweries across Colorado! Simply type in the brewery name in the search bar, or sort by city/region in the drop down. We hope this helps all of your wildest beer dreams come true. Cheers!

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Title Category Address Description
148 Horse & Dragon Brewing Company Fort Collins 124 Racquette Dr Fort Collins, CO 80524
147 Alpine Dog Brewery Denver 1505 Odgen St. Denver, Colorado 80218
146 Joyride Brewing Company Denver 2501 Sheridan Blvd - Edgewater, CO 80214
145 Walter Brewing Company Southern Colorado 126 S. Oneida St, Pueblo, Colorado 81003
144 Mu Brewery Aurora 9735 E. Colfax Ave. Aurora, Co 80010
143 Boostrap Brewing Boulder 6778 N. 79th Street Niwot, CO 80503 303-652-4186
142 Station 26 Brewing 7045 East 38th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80207
141 Chain Reaction Brewing Denver 902 S Lipan Street Denver, CO 80223
140 Fieldhouse Brewing Company Colorado Springs 521 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
139 300 Suns Brewing Longmont 335 1st Ave., Unit C Longmont, Colorado 80501
138 The Baker's Brewery Mountains (I-70) 531 Silverthorne Ln, Silverthorne, CO 80498
137 Rockslide Restaurant & Brewery Western Slope 401 Main St, Grand Junction, CO 81501
136 Carbondale Beer Works Mountains (I-70) 647 Main St, Carbondale, CO 81623
135 Roaring Fork Beer Company Mountains (I-70) 1941 Dolores Way, Carbondale, Colorado 81623
134 Red Leg Brewing Company Colorado Springs 4630 Forge Road, Suite B Colorado Springs, CO 80907
133 Riff Raff Brewing Company Colorado Springs 274 Pagosa St. Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
132 Fermaentra Brewing Denver 1715 East Evans Ave. Denver, CO
131 Barrels & Bottles Brewery Golden 600 12th Street Golden, CO
130 Manitou Brewing Company Colorado Springs 725 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO
129 Kannah Creek Brewing Western Slope 1960 North 12th St. Grand Junction, CO 81501
127 Yak & Yeti Brewpub Arvada 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002
126 Wynkoop Brewing Company Denver 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202
125 Wonderland Brewing Broomfield 5450 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80020
124 Wit's End Brewing Denver 2505 W 2nd Ave #13, Denver, CO 80219
123 Wild Woods Brewery Boulder 5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO 80301
122 West Flanders Brewing Boulder 1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
121 Walnut Brewery Boulder 1123 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
120 Very Nice Brewing Boulder 20 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, CO 80466
119 Verboten Brewing Loveland 1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO 80537
118 Upslope Brewing Company Boulder 1501 Lee Hill Dr, Boulder, CO 80304
117 Two Rascals Brewing Western Slope 147 N 1st St, Montrose, CO 81401
116 Two Mile High Brewing Company Central Mountains PO Box 1509 Leadville, CO 80461
115 Twisted Pine Brewing Boulder 3201 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80301
114 TRVE Brewing Company Denver 227 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
113 Trinity Brewing Company Colorado Springs 1466 Garden of the Gods Rd W #184, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
112 Tommyknocker Brewery Mountains (I-70) 1401 Miner St, Idaho Springs, CO 80452
111 Three Barrel Brewing Southern Colorado 586 Columbia Ave, Del Norte, CO 81132
110 The Brew on Broadway Denver 3445 S Broadway, Englewood, CO 80110
109 38 State Brewing Littleton 8071 S. Broadway, Unit A Littleton, CO 80122
108 Telluride Brewing Company Western Slope 156 Society Dr, Telluride, CO 81435
107 Strange Brewing Company Denver 1330 Zuni St, Denver, CO 80204
106 Storm Peak Brewing Northern Mountains 1744 Lincoln Ave‎ Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
105 Steamworks Brewing Durango 801 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO 81301
104 SKA Brewing Durango 225 Girard St, Durango, CO 81303
103 Shamrock Brewing Southern Colorado 108 W 3rd St, Pueblo, CO 81003
102 7 Hermits Brewing Mountains (I-70) 717 Sylvan Lake rd unit B-1 Eagle, CO 81631
101 Sanitas Brewing Company Boulder 3550 Frontier Ave, Boulder, CO 80301
100 San Luis Valley Brewing Southern Colorado 631 Main St, Alamosa, CO 81101
99 Rockyard Brewing Company 880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109
98 Rock Bottom Brewery Denver 1001 16th Street Mall #100 80265
97 River North Brewery Denver 2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO 80205
96 Revolution Brewing Western Slope 325 Grand Ave, Paonia, CO 81428
95 Renegade Brewing Company Denver 925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80204
94 Pumphouse Brewery Longmont 540 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501
93 Pug Ryan's Brewing Mountains (I-70) 104 Village Pl, Dillon, CO 80435
92 Prost Brewing Company Denver 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211
91 Post Brewing Company Lafayette 105 West Emma St., Lafayette, CO. 80026
90 Pints Pub Denver 221 West 13th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204
89 Pikes Peak Brewing Company Colorado Springs 1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO 80132
88 Phantom Creek Brewery Colorado Springs 2 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
87 Paradox Beer Company Colorado Springs 106 U.S. 24, CO 80863
86 Pateros Creek Brewing Fort Collins 242 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
85 Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont 1800 Pike Road, Unit B Longmont, Colorado 80501
84 Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew Denver 2810 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80205
83 Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada 5535 W 56th Ave #107, Arvada, CO 80002
82 Odell Brewing Fort Collins 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
81 Odd 13 Brewing Lafayette 301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO 80026
80 New Planet Beer Boulder 3980 Broadway St #103, Boulder, CO 80304
79 Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder 1535 Pearl St Boulder, CO 80302
78 Mountain Toad Brewing Golden 900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80401
77 Loveland Aleworks Loveland 118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO 80537
76 Lost Highway Brewery Denver 520 E. Colfax, Denver, Colorado 80203
75 Left Hand Brewing Company Longmont 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO 80501
74 Kokopelli Brewing Westminster 8931 N Harlan St, Westminster, CO 80031
73 J Wells Brewery Boulder 2516 49th st #5 Boulder CO 80301
72 Ironworks Brewery & Pub Lakewood 12354 W Alameda Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80228
71 Hogshead Brewery Denver 4460 W 29th Ave, Denver, CO 80212
70 High Hops Brewery Windsor 6461 Colorado 392, Windsor, CO 80550
69 Hall Brewing Parker 8530 Vinegaroon Rd, Parker, CO 80138
68 Gunnison Brewery Western Slope 138 N Main St, Gunnison, CO 81230
67 Grist Brewing Company Littleton 9150 Commerce Center Cir #300, Littleton, CO 80129
66 Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland 623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO 80537
65 Great Storm Brewing Colorado Springs 204 Mt View Ln #3, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
64 Great Divide Brewing Denver 2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205
63 Gravity Brewing Louisville 1150 Pine St, Louisville, CO 80027
62 Grand Lake Brewing Northern Mountains 9921 U.S. 34, Grand Lake, CO 80447
61 Golden City Brewery Golden 920 12th St, Golden, CO 80401
60 Glenwood Canyon Brewing Mountains (I-70) 402 7th St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
59 Funkwerks Fort Collins 1900 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
58 Front Range Brewing 400 W South Boulder Rd #1650, Lafayette, CO 80026
57 Fort Collins Brewery Fort Collins 1020 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
56 Former Future Brewing Denver 1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
55 Fate Brewing Company Boulder 1600 38th St, Boulder, CO 80301
54 Estes Park Brewery Northern Mountains 470 Prospect Village Dr, Estes Park, CO 80517
53 Elevation Beer Company Central Mountains 115 Pahlone Pkwy, Poncha Springs, CO 81242
52 Eldo Brewery & Taproom Western Slope 215 Elk Ave, Crested Butte, CO 81224
51 Eddyline Brewing Company Central Mountains 926 S Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211
50 Elk Mountain Brewing Company Parker 18921 E Plaza Dr, Parker, CO 80134
49 Echo Brewing Company Frederick 5969 Iris Parkway Unit C Frederick, CO 80530
48 Durango Brewing Company Durango 3000 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301
47 Dry Dock Brewing Company Aurora 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014
46 Delores River Brewery Western Slope 100 S 4th St, Dolores, CO 81323
45 Dillon Dam Brewery Mountains (I-70) 100 Little Dam St, Dillon, CO 80435
44 Diebolt Brewing Company Denver 3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO 80211
43 Denver ChopHouse & Brewery Denver 1735 19th Street Suite 100 Denver, CO 80202
42 Denver Beer Company Denver 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
41 De Steeg Brewing Denver 4342 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
40 Dad & Dudes Breweria Aurora 6730 S Cornerstar Way, Aurora, CO 80016
39 Crystal Springs Brewing Boulder 657 S. TAYLOR AVE, UNIT E, LOUISVILLE
38 Crooked Stave Denver 3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
37 Crazy Mountain Brewery Mountains (I-70) 439 Edwards Access Rd, Edwards, CO 81632
36 Crabtree Brewing Company Greeley 2961 29th St, Greeley, CO 80631
35 Copper Kettle Brewing Company Denver 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247
34 Coopersmith's Pub & Brewery Fort Collins 5 Old Town Square, Fort Collins, CO 80524
33 Comrade Brewing Company Aurora 7667 E Iliff Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80231
32 Colorado Mountain Brewery Colorado Springs 11202 Rampart Hills View, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
31 Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery Western Slope 602 Clinton St, Ridgway, CO 81432
30 Coda Brewing Company Aurora 2101 North Ursula Unit 10, Aurora, Colorado 80045
29 City Star Brewing Company 321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO 80513
28 CB & Potts Brewery Fort Collins 1415 W Elizabeth St Ft. Collins, CO
27 Caution Brewing Company (Denver) Denver 12445 E 39th Ave #314, Denver, CO 80239
26 Caution Brewing Company (Lakewood) Lakewood 1057 S Wadsworth Blvd #60, Lakewood, Colorado 80226
25 Can't Stop Brewing Denver 240 S Pecos St Denver, Colorado 80223
24 Cannonball Creek Brewing Company Golden 393 Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80403
23 Carver Brewing Company Southern Colorado 1022 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301
22 Butcherknife Brewing Northern Mountains 2875 Elk River Road Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
21 Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery Denver 4700 Cherry Creek Dr S, Denver, CO 80246
20 Bristol Brewing Company Colorado Springs 1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
19 Brewery Rickoli Wheat Ridge 4335 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
18 Breckenridge Brewery Denver 2220 Blake St Denver, CO
17 Boulder Beer Company Boulder 2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO 80301
16 Bonfire Brewing Mountains (I-70) 127 W 2nd St, Eagle, CO 81631
15 Blue Moon Brewing Company Denver 2161 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205
14 Black Sky Brewery Denver 490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204
13 Black Bottle Brewery Fort Collins 1611 S College Ave 1605 & 1609, Fort Collins, CO 80525
12 Big Choice Brewing Broomfield 7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO 80020 (303) 469-2616
11 Big Beaver Brewing Company Loveland 2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO 80537
10 Bierwerks Brewery Colorado Springs 121 E Midland Ave, Woodland Park, CO 80863 (719) 686-8100
09 Beer By Design Brewery Northglenn 2100 E 112th Ave #1, Northglenn, CO 80233
08 Backcountry Brewery Mountains (I-70) 720 Main St, Frisco, CO 80443
07 Avery Brewing Company Boulder 5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
06 Aspen Brewing Company Mountains (I-70) 304 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO 81611
05 New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins 500 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
04 Asher Brewing Company Boulder 5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
03 Arvada Beer Company Arvada 5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002
02 AC Golden Brewing Company Golden 1221 Ford St Golden, CO

 

AC Golden Announces Special Release from Hidden Barrel Collection

Golden, CO – Framboise Noir, an oak-aged sour from AC Golden Brewing Company’s Hidden Barrel Collection, goes on sale today in limited quantities in the Denver area. Framboise Noir - AC Golden

Framboise Noir was aged in oak barrels for two months with blackberries from the Western Slope of Colorado. The result is a dry, yet creamy, red wine-colored sour with a complex taste of fresh plums, maple and oak, caramelized toffee and blackberry jam.

The beer is packaged in 750 ml bottles with a cork and cage seal and a unique, wooden label. The label material, from Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials, is made of real cherry wood, which is backed with a special liner and adhesive to adhere to glass.  Because the labels are real wood, each one is uniquely grained. No two labels are exactly the same.

“We thought a real wood label would be perfect to represent our Hidden Barrel Collection, since most of those offerings are aged in wooden whiskey and wine barrels,” said Glenn Knippenberg, president and co-founder of AC Golden Brewing. “It was a bit of a challenge but we have a great labeling partner in The Smyth Company of St. Paul, Minnesota. Smyth has been literally “posted up” on the leading edge of packaging innovation for as long as we have been associated with them.  It is fun to be one of the very first to use this new type of label.”

The label material was introduced by Avery Dennison about a year ago.  The challenge of producing wood label material that’s ideal for printing is to create a uniform thickness and smooth surface, while not losing the real grain of the wood. The label designs were created by Conor McMahon at The Integer Group.

About 89 cases of Framboise Noir are available in about 20 craft-centric liquor stores in the Denver metro area.

Framboise Noir is part of AC Golden’s Hidden Barrel Collection, which displays the brewer’s passion for experimenting with a variety of brewing materials and production methods. Other recent releases from the Collection include: Ctayt (Russian Imperial Stout), Peche, Apricot, Kriek and Checkpoint Charlie.

AC Golden Brewing Company, Golden, Colo., is a small batch brewery specializing in hand crafting beers for discerning drinkers. Among its beers are: Colorado Native, an amber lager made with 100 percent Colorado ingredients; Herman Joseph’s Private Reserve, a German-style lager; Barmen, a German-style pilsner, and Winterfest, a Vienna-style lager shared only during the holidays.

Featured Breweries

We’ve visited breweries around Colorado, and will be visiting many more! Find out about the history of our featured breweries, and the brewer’s that are responsible for brewing the craft beer they provide to Colorado beer drinkers.

Featured-Breweries-Header38 State Brewing – Littleton, CO (June 2014)
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Ironworks Brewery & Pub – Lakewood, CO (June 2014)
Ironworks logo - FINALYak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub – Arvada, CO (November 2013) Yak and Yeti LogoProst Brewing Company – Denver, CO (May 2013)
logohorizontal2CAC Golden Brewing Company – Golden, CO (May 2013)
Colorado Native LogoBrewery Rickoli – Wheat Ridge, CO (April 2013)
Brewery Rickoli LogoRiver North Brewery – Denver, CO (April 2013)
River North LogoWit’s End Brewing Company – Denver, CO (April 2013)
Wits End Brewing logoOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew – Denver, CO (March 2013)
Our Mutual Friend Malt & BrewArvada Beer Company – Arvada, CO (March 2013)
Arvada Beer Company LogoRenegade Brewing Company – Denver, CO (March 2013)
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Golden City Brewery – Golden, CO: (February 2013)
Golden City Brewery LogoEddyline Brewing Company – Salida, CO (February 2013)
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Caution Brewing’s Lakewood location opening this week!

**Update: Caution Brewing in Lakewood is now open!** – December 21, 2013.

Craft beer drinkers in Lakewood are about to have a new craft brewery in their neighborhood. Caution Brewing Company has been planning to open their second location for months, and it looks like this week we’ll see the official opening. We’ll be sure to update everyone when the opening is official.

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**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

CAUTION: Lakewood Opens This Week!

[Lakewood, CO] CAUTION: Brewing Company’s latest expansion will be unleashed to the public during the week of Dec 16th, with exact date and time to be announced on social media. Lakewood’s first production microbrewery and taproom finally opens for business after months of planning and construction. With a taproom and covered patio seating for that can accommodate over 70 people, CAUTION: Brewing Company will bring their own brand of specialty beers to the Lakewood area.

Award winners such as Lao Wang Lager, Card Your Mom Saison, and Honey Matrimony Brown Ale will all be a part of a 16-tap draft system designed with experimental and unique recipes in mind. In addition to a regular list of flagship beers, CAUTION: Brewing Company will fill the remaining taps with new creations brewed on a new 3BBL system sourced from Minnetonka Brewing & Equipment Company.

As Denver’s first microbrewery to open a second brewery and taproom, CAUTION: Brewing Company has enjoyed success at it’s original location just outside of the Stapleton area. CAUTION: East, as it’s affectionately known, will remain CAUTION’s primary production and packaging facility, while providing beloved fans and friends the original taproom experience only CAUTION can provide.

Along with the opening of the CAUTION Lakewood location, CAUTION will also be releasing a new version of the VIP Groupie Growler program, rightfully named “Groupie Growler 2.0.” Each of the new limited edition, black 32oz. Liberty Bottleworks growlers will be individually numbered – and only 130 are available. Owners of the Groupie Growler will enjoy membership perks such as $6 growler fills, early access to special beer releases and special events reserved exclusively for VIPs. The limited edition VIP Groupie Growler program will retail for $50.

Surprises will be aplenty during opening, more details will be announced on social media at a later time. CAUTION invites you to join in their celebrating their new Lakewood location. Are you ready to #partywithcaution?

About CAUTION: Brewing Company

Having established itself as one of Denver’s best speciality microbreweries, CAUTION has been enjoyed by craft beer lovers in the Denver area since 2011. Founded by Betty and Danny Wang, CAUTION strives to produce well balanced beers made with a unique twist. By using as much Colorado raw ingredients as possible, CAUTION is proud to be a part of the Colorado craft beer family and have locations in both Denver and Lakewood. For more information, please visit – http://www.cautionbrewingco.com/ or social media sites:
Twitter: @cautionbrewing
Facebook: facebook.com/cautionbrewingco
Untappd: untappd.com/cautionbrewingco

CAUTION: Lakewood
1057 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Unit 60
Lakewood, CO 80226

CAUTION: Denver
12445 E. 39th Ave. Unit 314
Denver, CO 80239

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub – Arvada, CO

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The Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub is located in Arvada a few blocks from Olde Town. Yak & Yeti operates from within what was once a historic Victorian Mansion, and has been transformed into one of the most unique places in Colorado to enjoy a freshly brewed craft beer. On top of the fresh craft beer served up at Yak & Yeti, visitors can also enjoy Indian and Nepalese Cuisine that is among the best in the State of Colorado.

The original structure at the present day Yak & Yeti Restaurant and Brewpub was built in 1864 by a man named Eli Allen. Allen was the second postmaster in Arvada, having taken over for Benjamin Wadsworth, who was the first postmaster in Arvada (Wadsworth is also where the name for Wadsworth Blvd came from). Eli Allen lived and worked out of the home until his son moved in and added onto the original home in 1891. The story of the home is quite interesting and includes stories of being haunted. For more information on all the history of the Yak & Yeti mansion, visit the About Us page on Yak & Yeti’s website.

The story of Yak & Yeti Brewpub is much more recent than the building it is located in. Yak & Yeti celebrated its 5 year anniversary as a brewery in 2013. Prior to being Yak & Yeti, an English brewpub called the “Cheshire Cat” operated out of the building. When Yak & Yeti first took over the building, they were not a brewery and the Owner, Dol Bhattarai, nearly sold all of the brewing equipment that came with the purchase of the building. Yak & Yeti had been operating a successful restaurant in Westminster, and was simply looking for a second restaurant location. After considering the possibilities of running a brewery, Dol decided to keep the brewing equipment, and to hire a brewer. Many people wonder how an Indian restaurant got into brewing – now you know.

Adam Draeger has been the head brewer for the Yak & Yeti Brewpub since 2011.  A Wisconsin native, he did his undergraduate work in Engineering Physics.  After a decade of engineering and homebrewing, he took the plunge to change careers. yakyeti adam1 Adam studied at Siebel Institute in Chicago, IL and the Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany where he received his International Diploma from the World Brewing Academy.

When Adam took over the brewing operations, Yak & Yeti only had 3 beers on tap, and Adam made it his goal to change that. Adam is a fan of craft lager beers, but has done a great job of having a mix of different types of beers. I spent a couple hours taking the tour of the historic mansion, and getting a taste of many of the fresh beers Adam has created. It was evident in my visit with Adam that he’s a guy that loves beer, and he loves to talk about beer (he’s also very good at brewing beer). Yak & Yeti offers a well-diversified portfolio of beers on tap ranging from Belgian-style beers, German lagers, American ales, English ales and several specialty and seasonal offerings.

  • Wheat Beer Series – Brewed in the summer, a new beer is tapped weekly with fresh fruit served right in the keg.
  • Porter Series – a new beer is tapped weekly, but focuses on fruits, adjuncts and spices that compliment porters.
  • The Haunted Beer Series – Adam’s stage for debuting small experiment pilot batches that range from Russian Imperial Stouts to White IPA’s to spruce beers and many other. The series gets its name from the stories of Yak & Yeti being haunted.

Beer List: Yak & Yeti offers 6 standard beers, which are available all year. They also offer some great seasonals (including the Oktoberfest, which was awesome). Below is a list of the standard beers you will find at Yak & Yeti. To view the entire beer list, visit their Crafted Beer Page. Yak & Yeti won’t be found in liquor stores, but can be found around Denver at many taphouses that specialize in craft beer. If you want to take some fresh Yak & Yeti beer home with you, they have growlers available for any of their standard beers, and whatever seasonals they have on tap. 

  • Namaste Pilsner – 5.1% ABV. ~ 34 IBUs (available year round)
    Our Pilsner is a Northern German style hopped with German Tettnanger hops. Third Place winner at 2011 Colorado State Fair.

  • Himalayan IPA - 6.3% ABV. ~ 70 IBUs (available year round)
    Our 2010 GABF-winning India Pale Ale is dry-hopped with Columbus and Cascade hops right before being transferred into the serving vessel. This isn’t East-coast or West-coast style IPA but rather pure Rocky Mountain gold.
  • Chai Milk Stout(*has lactose) – 5.2% ABV.~30 IBUs (available year-round)
    This stout is our flavored version of the milk stout. The Chai tea spices are the Yak and Yeti’s own blend. A perfect dessert drink.

  • Jalapeño Lena – 5.1% ABV. ~ 34 IBUs (available year round)
    A light-colored but full flavored Jalapeño pepper beer. Huge fresh aroma from the pepper served right inside the keg! Some say it isn’t that hot, others can’t handle it. You decide. We also make red beers called Bloody Lena’s!
  • GF Apple Ale – 4.9% ABV. ~ 0 IBUs (available year round)
    GF stands for gluten-free as this ale is made iwht cider and sorghum. Looks like a cider, tastes likes a cider but is still technically an ale. (a hop pellet for good measure)

  • West-Coast Glutton (DIPA)- 9.5%ABV.~150 IBUs (available year round)You like them RED, BIG & Hoppy?! This Double Red/DIPA is a Centennial and Cascade-hopped behemoth that gives some unique citrus and resiny flavors/aromas.

Beer Festivals: Yak & Yeti is an active participant in beer festivals across the state. Here are a few places you will most likely find them:

  • GABF (Great American Beer Festival) – Denver, CO
  • Vail Big Beer Festival – Vail, CO
  • Brewers’ Rendezvous – Salida, CO
  • Epic Beer Festival – Denver, CO

Awards: For a small brewery, Yak & Yeti has picked up some big awards. Here’s a list of what they’ve won, and where the won it.

  • 2010: Gold Medal for the Himalayan IPA (American Style Extra Pale Ale, GABF)
  • 2011: Bronze Medal for the Namaste Pilsner (Pilsner category, Colorado State Fair)
  • 2012: Bronze Medal for the Honey Ginger Soda (Soda category, Colorado State Fair)
  • 2013: Bronze Medal for the Honey Ginger Soda (Soda category, Colorado State Fair)
  • 2013: Silver Medal for the Chai Milk Stout (Urban Spiced, GABF)
  • 2013: Bronze Medal for the Himalayan IPA (Fresh Ales/IPA/DIPA), Colorado State Fair)

I had a great visit with Adam and learned a lot about Yak & Yeti, and the awesome beer they brew. I would highly recommend a visit for the food, and of course for their beer. The atmosphere at Yak & Yeti is truly unique, and one that will impress anyone that has an interest in history. Even those that don’t drink beer will have the ability to enjoy a fresh brew – the Honey Ginger Soda is very good. The Chai Milk Stout is one of the most unique beers I’ve ever tried, and has won awards for good reason. If you love craft beer made in Colorado, a trip to Yak & Yeti is a must! Thanks Adam for the tour, and of course for sharing your fresh craft beer.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub
7803 Ralston Road
Arvada, CO 80002
(303) 431-9000
www.theyakandyeti.com

 

Prost Brewing 1st Anniversary Celebration: August 19th – 25th

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Prost Brewing Company is celebrating their 1st Anniversary August 19th -26th. Prost is known for brewing authentic German-style biers with brewing equipment that was brought over from Germany. We visited Prost back in May and were really impressed with their outstanding beers, and the history behind the equipment and recipes they use. If you’ve never been down to Prost, next week would be a great time to make your first trip. Of course, if you’ve already been to Prost, you will also want to head down for the festivities. Great beer, a fun patio and good people will make the experience one for all to enjoy. Prost Brewing is located at 2540 19th Street Denver, CO 80211 (across I-25 from Coors Field).

Check out the schedule below – there are activities planned all week!

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Beer By Design Brewery Grand Opening today in Northglenn

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The latest craft brewery to hit the Colorado craft beer scene is set to officially open today in Northglenn, CO. Beer By Design Brewery, the creation of President & Head Brewmaster Vince Sabbe and General Manager Rich Aggen will officially open up for business today at 4:30 PM. Following the Grand Opening, Beer By Design Brewery will be open 7 days a week.

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Beer By Design offers 3 unique brew series. As they put it “We celebrate the history of craft brewing while introducing new and innovative flavors. Explore each series to find your favorite flavors.”

Beer By Design’s 3 Brew Series:

  • Architectural Series: As our most famous American architects perfected their well-known works through careful attention to design, so has the Beer By Design Brewery in perfecting these four finely crafted beer styles. We dedicate these flavors to those architectural  artists and your enjoyment.
  • Mountain Ale Series: This series celebrates the majestic design of the Rocky Mountains, with their scaling heights, rugged peaks and refreshingly cold water. In fact, Rocky Mountain water is one of the finest water sources anywhere, and its taste is a key ingredient to all of our carefully designed beers.
  • Women & Beer Series: Designed as a tribute to the many women who have contributed their talents to the craft brewing industry as well as all those who embrace the freshness and flavor of craft beer. The beers in this series emphasizes a superior malt complexity and somewhat subdued hop character, while at the same time maintaining a well balanced taste profile.

Following the American craft beer style, Beer By Design’s beers use the finest two-row grains, hops and yeast. Special mashing and kettle processes, developed by Brewmaster Vance Sabbe, are observed. These uniquely refined brewing techniques help create beers that are cleaner tasting and more visually appealing than most other craft beers. This is accomplished without the use of flavor-stripping filtration devices or additives.

I look forward to visiting Beer By Design Brewery and trying out some of their beers. They offer roughly a dozen beer choices, so there are styles for pretty much any taste. I wish Beer By Design Brewery the best of luck, and hope that they have a great grand opening celebration today! If you’re interested in checking them out, see their info below.

Beer By Design Brewery
2100 E. 112th Street
Northglenn, CO 80233
(303) 517-2202

Factotum Brewhouse: A homebrewer’s dream come true

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Factotum Brewhouse will be the first brewery to cater to homebrewers when it opens this fall in Denver, Colorado. Guest brewers will have the opportunity to brew their recipe on Factotum’s seven barrel system and the beer will then be served to thirsty taproom patrons. With help from headbrewer Christopher Bruns, homebrewers will learn the steps of commercial brewing from recipe creation to the brewing process to the taproom release of the beer. This concept was originally designed for serious homebrewers who wish to receive honest, unbiased feedback from the public but recreational brewers, new brewers, and small groups are also welcome to use Factotum’s services. Christopher will act as quality control and to ensure the tap lineup isn’t dominated by any one style: “If six people come in wanting to brew an IPA, they can either wait in line or decide to brew something else,” says Christopher. Six of Factotum’s eventual eight taps will pour homebrewer beers while the remaining two will pour beers made by Christopher.

Brother-and-sister team Christopher and Laura Bruns conceived of the Factotum model over dinner with their other two siblings and have since graduated from Denver’s Small Business Development Center’s business start-up class, as well as Tom Hennessy’s renowned Brewery Immersion Course at the Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery in Ridgway, Colorado. Christopher and Laura’s Midwestern, German-American upbringing has instilled in them a passion for beer and they’re mutual background in education compels them to make Factotum a school as much as it is a brewery; Factotum isn’t just a place to drink great beer but also a place to learn about beer. Located at 4735 Lipan Street in the Sunnyside neighborhood, Factotum is moving into an already established craft beer community with Stomp Them Grapes homebrew supply store two doors down, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project ½ mile away, and the upcoming Diebolt Brewing Company one mile away.

Christopher and Laura Bruns hope local beer lovers will use the close proximity to ride their bicycles and safely visit all these fine establishments. Factotum’s setting, like so many in the Denver area, is an industrial one and the taproom ambiance will complement that setting with a rustic, factory, wood-and-metal atmosphere. However, this location means Factotum is lacking somewhat in natural light. Please visit Factotum’s Kickstarter.com page so that Christopher and Laura may make improvements to the taproom including the purchase of a glass-paneled garage door to bring sunshine into the brewery.

Factotum Brewhouse
4735 Lipan Street
Denver, CO. 80211
303-303-3003
www.factotumbrewhouse.com 

(Factotum Brewhouse is still working on their website. To find them online, visit their facebook or twitter pages)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FactotumBrewhouse

Twitter: www.twitter.com/FactotumBrew