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. adam draeger 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

 

Breweries

Brewery-List-HeaderColorado Brewery List — to inform beer enthusiasts about all of the great Colorado Craft Beer the state has to offer. To locate the breweries below, check out our Colorado Craft Beer Map! Colorado, “The State of Craft Beer!”

53 Peaks Brewing – Littleton, CO

4B’s Brewery – Cedaredge, CO

105 West Brewing Company – Castle Rock, CO

7 Hermits Brewing Company – Eagle, CO

10 Barrel Brewing – Denver, CO

3 Freaks Brewery – Highlands Ranch, CO

300 Suns Brewing – Longmont, CO

38 State Brewing – Littleton, CO (Read our blog here)

12 Degree Brewing – Louisville, CO

AC Golden Brewing Company – Golden, CO (Read our blog here)

Alpine Dog Brewery – Denver, CO

Amicas Pizza & Microbrewery – Salida, CO

Animas Brewing Company – Durango, CO

Asher Brewing Company – Boulder, CO

Aspen Brewing Company – Aspen, CO

Avalanche Brewing Company – Silverton, CO

Avery Brewing Company – Boulder, CO

Backcountry Brewery – Frisco, CO

Baere Brewing Company – Denver, CO

Barnett & Son Brewing – Parker, CO

Barrels & Bottles Brewery – Golden, CO (Read our blog here)

Beer By Design Brewery – Northglenn, CO

Berthoud Brewing – Berthoud, CO

Beryl’s Beer Co. – Denver, CO

Bierwerks Brewery – Woodland Park, CO

Big Beaver Brewing Company – Loveland, CO

Big Choice Brewing – Broomfield, CO

Black Bottle Brewery – Fort Collins, CO

Black Shirt Brewing – Denver, CO

Black Sky Brewery – Denver, CO

Blue Moon Brewing Company – Denver, CO

Blue Spruce Brewing Company – Centennial, CO

Boggy Draw Brewery – Sheridan, CO

Bonfire Brewing – Eagle, CO

Bootstrap Brewing – Niwot, CO

Bottom Shelf Brewery – Bayfield, CO

Boulder Beer – Boulder, CO

Breckenridge Brewery & Pub – Denver, CO

Brewery Rickoli – Wheat Ridge, CO (Read our blog post)

BREW Pub & Kitchen – Durango, CO

Briar Common Brewery & Eatery – Denver, CO

Bristol Brewing Company – Colorado Springs, CO

Brix Taphouse & Brewery – Greeley, CO

Broken Compass Brewing – Breckenridge, CO

Broken Plow Brewery – Greeley, CO

BRU Handbuilt Ales – Boulder, CO

Brues Alehouse – Pueblo, CO

Buckhorn Brewers – Loveland, CO

Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery – Denver, CO

Butcherknife Brewing Company – Steamboat Springs, CO

Call to Arms Brewing – Denver, CO

Cannonball Creek Brewing Company – Golden, CO

Can’t Stop Brewing – Denver, CO

Carbondale Beer Works – Carbondale, CO

Carver Brewing Company – Durango, CO

Casey Brewing & Blending – Glenwood Springs, CO

Caution Brewing Company – Denver, CO

CB & Pott’s Restaurant & Brewery – Fort Collins, CO

Centennial Beer Company – Fort Collins, CO

Cerberus Brewing Company – Colorado Springs, CO

Cerebral Brewing – Denver, CO

Chain Reaction Brewing – Denver, CO

City Star Brewing Company – Berthoud, CO

Cliffhangers Brewing – Littleton, CO

CO-Brew – Denver, CO

Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery – Ridgway, CO / Montrose, CO

Colorado Mountain Brewery – Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Plus – Wheat Ridge, CO

Comrade Brewing Company – Denver, CO

Coopersmith’s Pub & Brewing – Fort Collins, CO

Coors Archive Brewing Company – Golden, CO

Copper Club Brewing – Fruita, CO

Copper Kettle Brewing Company – Denver, CO

Crabtree Brewing Company – Greeley, CO

Crazy Mountain Brewery – Vail, CO

Creede Brewing Company – Denver, CO

Crooked Stave – Denver, CO

Crow Hop Brewing – Loveland, CO

Crystal Springs Brewing Company – Boulder, CO

Dad & Dudes Breweria – Centennial, CO

Dead Hippie Brewing – Sheridan, CO

Declaration Brewing – Denver, CO

Deep Draft Brewing – Denver, CO

De Steeg Brewing – Denver, CO

Denver Beer Company – Denver, CO

Denver ChopHouse & Brewery – Denver, CO

Diebolt Brewing Company – Denver, CO

Dillon Dam Brewing Company – Dillon, CO

Dodgeton Creek Brewing – Trinidad, CO

Dolores River Brewery – Dolores, CO

Dostal Alley Brewpub – Central City, CO

Dry Dock Brewing Company – Aurora, CO

Durango Brewing Company – Durango, CO

Echo Brewing Company – Frederick, CO

Elk Mountain Brewing Company – Parker, CO

Eddyline Brewing – Buena Vista, CO

Eldo Brewery & Taproom – Crested Butte, CO

Elevation Beer Company – Poncha Springs, CO

Equinox Brewing – Fort Collins, CO

Estes Park Brewery – Estes Park, CO

Factotum BrewHouse – Denver, CO

Fate Brewing Company – Boulder, CO

Fermaentra Brewing – Denver, CO

Fiction Beer Company – Denver, CO

Fieldhouse Brewing Company – Colorado Springs, CO

Finkel & Garf Brewery – Boulder, CO

Flood Stage Aleworks – Brighton, CO

Florence Brewing Company – Florence, CO

Flying Dog Brewery – Denver, CO

Former Future Brewing – Denver, CO

Fossil Brewing – Colorado Springs, CO

Fort Collins Brewery – Fort Collins, CO

Front Range Brewing – Lafayette, CO

Funkwerks – Fort Collins, CO

Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company – Glenwood Springs, CO

Golden Block Brewery – Silverton, CO

Golden City Brewery – Golden, CO (Read our blog here)

Goldspot Brewing – Denver, CO

Gold Camp Brewing – Colorado Springs, CO

Gore Range Brewery – Edwards, CO

Grandma’s House – Denver, CO

Grand Lake Brewing Company – Grand Lake, CO

Gravity Brewing – Louisville, CO

Great Divide Brewing Company – Denver, CO

Great Storm Brewing Company – Colorado Springs, CO

Green Mountain Falls Brewery – Green Mountain Falls, CO

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse – Loveland, CO

Grist Brewing Company – Highlands Ranch, CO

Grossen Bart Brewery – Frederick, CO

Gunbarrel Brewing Company – Boulder, CO

Gunnison Brewery – Gunnison, CO

Halfpenny Brewing Company – Centennial, CO

Hall Brewing – Parker, CO

Hideaway Park Brewery – Winter Park, CO

High Hops Brewery – Windsor, CO

Hogshead Brewery – Denver, CO

Holidaily Brewing Company – Golden, CO

Horse & Dragon Brewing Company – Fort Collins, CO

Horsefly Brewing Company – Montrose, CO

Industrial Revolution Brewing – Erie, CO

Iron Bird Brewing – Colorado Springs, CO

Ironworks Brewery & Pub – Lakewood, CO

J Wells Brewery – Boulder, CO

Jak’s Brewing Company – Peyton, CO

Joyride Brewing Company – Edgewater, CO

Judge Baldwin’s Brewery – Colorado Springs, CO

J. Fargo’s Restaurant & Microbrewery – Cortez, CO

Kannah Creek Brewing Company – Grand Junction, CO

Kokopelli Brewing Company – Westminster, CO

Launchpad Brewery – Aurora, CO

Left Hand Brewing Company – Longmont, CO

Living The Dream Brewing – Highlands Ranch, CO

Liquid Mechanics Brewing – Lafayette, CO

Locavore Beer Works – Littleton, CO

Lone Tree Brewing Company – Lone Tree, CO

Lost Highway Brewery – Denver, CO

Loveland Aleworks – Loveland, CO

Lowdown Brewery – Denver, CO

Lumpy Ridge Brewing – Estes Park, CO

Mad Jack’s Mountain Brewery – Bailey, CO

Mahogany Ridge Brewery – Steamboat Springs, CO

Main Street Brewery & Restaurant – Cortez, CO

Mancos Brewing Company – Mancos, CO

Manitou Brewing Company – Manitou Springs, CO

Meadary of the Rockies – Palisade, CO

Mockery Brewing – Denver, CO

Moffat Station Brewery – Winter Park, CO

Moonlight Pizza & Brewery – Salida, CO

Mountain Toad Brewing – Golden, CO

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery – Boulder, CO

Mu Brewery – Aurora, CO

Nano 108 Brewing – Colorado Springs, CO

New Belgium Brewing Company – Fort Collins, CO

New Image Brewing – Arvada, CO

New Planet Beer – Boulder, CO

Nighthawk Brewery – Broomfield, CO

Oasis Brewing Company – Denver, CO

Odd 13 Brewing – Lafayette, CO

Odell Brewing Company – Fort Collins, CO

Odyssey Beerwerks – Arvada, CO

Old Colorado Brewing Company – Wellington, CO

Old Mill Brewery – Littleton, CO (now called Cliffhangers Brewing)

Old Mine Cidery & Brewpub – Erie, CO

Ouray Brewery – Ouray, CO

Ourayle House Brewery – Ouray, CO

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew – Denver, CO  (Read our blog here)

Oskar Blues Brewery – Longmont, CO

Pagosa Brewing Company – Pagosa Springs, CO

Palisade Brewing Company – Palisade, CO

Pateros Creek Brewing Company – Fort Collins, CO

Paradox Beer Company – Woodland Park, CO

Peaks N Pines Brewery – Colorado Springs, CO

Phantom Canyon Brewery – Colorado Springs, CO

Pikes Peak Brewing Company – Monument, CO

Pints Pub – Denver, CO

Platt Park Brewing – Denver, CO

Post Brewing Company – Lafayette, CO

Powder Keg Brewing Company – Niwot, CO – Niwot, CO

Prost Brewing Company – Denver, CO (Read our blog post)

Pug Ryans Brewery – Dillon, CO

Pumphouse Brewery – Longmont, CO

Rally King Brewing – Fort Collins, CO

Ratio Beerworks – Denver, CO

Red Leg Brewing Company – Colorado Springs, CO

Renegade Brewing Company – Denver, CO (Read our blog here)

Resolute Brewing Company – Centennial, CO

Revolution Brewing – Paonia, CO

Riff Raff Brewing Company – Pagosa Springs, CO

River North Brewery – Denver, CO (Read our blog here)

Roaring Fork Beer Company – Carbondale, CO

Rockslide Restaurant & Brewery – Grand Junction, CO

Rock Bottom Brewery Denver, CO

Rock Cut Brewing Company – Estes Park, CO

Rocky Mountain Brewery – Colorado Springs, CO

Rockyard Brewing Company – Castle Rock, CO

Royal Gorge Brewing – Canon City, CO (no longer serving their own beer)

Saint Patrick’s Brewing Company – Littleton, CO

San Luis Valley Brewing – Alamosa, CO

Sanitas Brewing Company – Boulder, CO

Seedstock Brewing Company – Denver, CO

Shamrock Brewing – Pueblo, CO

Shoes and Brews – Longmont, CO

Silverton Brewing Company – Silverton, CO

SKA Brewing Company – Durango, CO

Skeye Brewing – Longmont, CO

Smiling Toad Brewery – Colorado Springs, CO

Smuggler’s Brewpub – Telluride, CO

Snowbank Brewing – Fort Collins, CO

Some Place Else Brewery – Arvada, CO

Southpark Brewing Company – Fairplay, CO

Spice Trade Brewing – Arvada, CO

Station 26 Brewing – Denver, CO

Steamworks Brewing Company – Durango, CO

Storm Peak Brewing Company – Steamboat Springs, CO

Storybook Brewing – Colorado Springs, CO

Strange Brewing Company – Denver, CO

Suds Brothers Brewing – Fruita, CO

Telluride Brewing Company – Telluride, CO

The Baker’s Brewery – Silverthorne, CO

The Brew On Broadway – Englewood, CO

The Eldo Brewery – Crested Butte, CO

The Library Sports Grill & Brewery – Winter Park, CO

Three Barrel Brewing Company – Del Norte, CO

Tivoli Beer – Denver, CO

Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub – Idaho Springs, CO

Trinity Brewing Company – Colorado Springs, CO

Triple S Brewing Company – Colorado Springs, CO

TRVE Brewing Company – Denver, CO

Twisted Pine Brewing Company – Boulder, CO

Two22 Brew – Centennial, CO

Two Mile High Brewing Company – Leadville, CO

Two Rascals Brewing – Montrose, CO

Upslope Brewing Company – Boulder, CO

Ursula Brewery – Aurora, CO

Ute Pass Brewing – Woodland Park, CO

Vail Brewing Company – Vail, CO

Verboten Brewing – Loveland, CO

Very Nice Brewing Company – Nederland, CO

Walnut Brewery – Boulder, CO

Walter Brewing Company – Pueblo, CO

WeldWerks Brewing – Greeley, CO

Westbound & Down Brewing Company – Idaho Springs, CO

WestFax Brewing Company – Lakewood, CO

West Flanders Brewing Company – Boulder, CO

Westminster Brewing Company – Westminster, CO

Whistle Pig Brewing – Colorado Springs, CO

Wild Woods Brewery – Boulder, CO

Wiley Roots Brewing – Greeley, CO

Wit’s End Brewing Company – Denver, CO (Read our blog post here)

Wonderland Brewing – Broomfield, CO

Wynkoop Brewing Company – Denver, CO

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Spice Trade Brewing) – Arvada, CO (Read our blog here)

Yampa Valley Brewing Company – Hayden, CO