Barrels & Bottles Brewery – Golden, CO

Barrels & Bottles is a unique craft brewery located just south of the Coors facility in downtown Golden, CO (literally across the street). While most of the country knows about Golden because Coors is located there, the small city with a population under 20,000 has become a hot spot for craft beer enthusiasts. Golden is a short 15-20 minute drive to Downtown Denver, but it has the feel of a small Colorado mountain town. Barrels & Bottles is one of a handful of craft breweries in Golden, and they bring a unique flavor to the local craft beer scene.

Barrels & Bottles Golden, CO

History of Barrels & Bottles
Zach and Abby George opened Barrels & Bottles in September, 2013. The idea to open a brewery came when the couple backpacked through Europe and fell in love with the beer and food. Zach was in the Marines, while Abby worked for the government. They thought it would be fun to work for themselves, and originally the couple planned to look into a 5-year plan on starting a brewery.

The original 5-year plan changed and Zach and Abby decided they wanted to open a bottle shop. The intent was to supply a wide selection of bottled craft beer that could be purchased and consumed on site. Due to some of the state laws, they could not do that. With the laws in place that would prevent the bottle shop from being a viable option, Zach and Abby’s 5-year brewery plan became their immediate plan.

They wanted to find a niche that made them unique to the beer scene. The motto at Barrels & Bottles is “why not” when thinking of ideas to make them different than some of the other breweries. One idea was to allow people to bring food in, or buy food from their own kitchen. This approach led to families bringing dinner so they can enjoy a family dinner while having a fresh local beer. They also include a selection of wine, and a really unique feature – wine slushies. I didn’t try a wine slushy, but I have heard great things from friends that have enjoyed a wine slushy at Barrels & Bottles. The selection of wine is pretty impressive for anyone that prefers wine over beer. While I didn’t try any wine, I did try a roast beef sandwich from the kitchen, and it was the perfect compliment to the beer samples.

Due to the open nature of their taproom, many people can come and have good time, even if they don’t like beer. They can enjoy wine, or there are many options for non-alcoholic drinks. The tables are European style where it encourages visitors to interact and have discussions, rather than sit by themselves. Guests range from ages 21-60s, and sometimes even 70s. Weekends can get pretty full with groups on bikes, so don’t be surprised to see a full house. There is some good news – as of last week, Barrels & Bottles is now open 7 days a week.

Barrels & Bottles Taproom - Golden, CO

Head Brewer Kim Collins
Having a woman as Head Brewer is another aspect of Barrels & Bottles that makes them unique to the Colorado craft beer scene. Kim Collins is the head brewer, and a very talented one at that. Kim enjoys brewing many different styles of beer, and is always looking to try something new. She relocated to Colorado from Indiana for the opportunity to be in the beer industry. Tommyknocker Brewery took her in as an apprentice, and eventually Kim was brought on full-time. After that she worked for Boulder Beer full-time for about 5 months, but it was a long commute. Next Kim got an opportunity to join Epic Brewing, where she brewed for about 8 months. Zach & Abby George attend Epic’s soft opening, where they met Kim. The trio formed a friendship, and Kim began helping Zach & Abby when they needed help with their beer. Kim loved the people, and the opportunity to brew at Epic, but she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work full-time with Barrels & Bottles. It was a difficult decision to leave Epic, but Barrels & Bottles offered the opportunity to be a head brewer, and work close to home. Below is a picture of Kim holding a growler.

Kim Collins, Headbrewer, Barrels & Bottles

The Beer
Barrels & Bottles, and Head Brewer Kim Collins embrace creativity and the idea of pushing the boundaries of traditional beer styles. While they enjoy trying new beers, they also have seasonal beers that are popular that time of year. The taps are set so the styles are balanced to fit beer drinkers that enjoy different types of beer. A cool thing about Barrels & Bottles is they include guest taps. If Barrels & Bottles doesn’t have their own IPA or Pale Ale on tap, they will normally have an IPA or Pale Ale from another local brewery available. They rotate through their taps frequently so that each visit you’ll have different options to try something new. Barrels & Bottles normally has 6-8 taps of their own beer and 10-12 guest taps. If you would like to purchase their beer, you can do so with a 32 or 64 ounce growler. The only way to enjoy Barrels & Bottles beer is to visit the taproom – they don’t sell their beer anywhere else. Below are the beers that were available for my visit. Keep in mind this list will change often.

  • Sinful Coffee Stout: Malty, balanced hoppy flavor, hints dried fruit. Made with coffee from local coffee roaster, Pangea Roasters.
  • Sure Thing IPA:  Citrusy taste with hint of grapefruit. I was not able to try the IPA, but it is a favorite of the Barrels & Bottles visitors.
  • Big Lebeerskie: Rich, Chocolaty with creaminess from milk sugar.
  • Pixie’s Stout: Named after the family dog. Full body aged with oak chips for two months. Has a subtle oakey flavor, but is lighter than most aged beers.
  • Billy Branch Brown Ale: Brown Ale with a Cider Blend. It has the taste of a cider with some maltyness from a brown ale.
  • Tequila Serendip Saisan: This one is really unique, as Kim used a tequila barrel. The beer has the taste of a margarita. The original beer went from a 6% to an 8% saison after barrel aging.

I had a great time visiting with Zach, Abby and Kim. Barrels & Bottles Brewery is a fun place to visit, and offers a unique experience to anyone that enjoys local craft beer, wine, or simply having a conversation in a laid-back atmosphere. I was really impressed with the level of creativity of the beer, and the open nature of the taproom. Barrels & Bottles offers an opportunity to bring together a diverse group because they have so many options for beverages, as well as a full kitchen for the lunch or dinner crowd. If you have not been to Barrels & Bottles, I would highly recommend making your first trip soon.

Barrels & Bottles Brewery
600 12th St #160
Golden, CO 80401
(720) 328-3643

Colorado Craft Beer Map

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About


Colorado Craft Brews was born after years of cultivating a love of local craft beer. Jeremy Fleming is a Colorado native, and like many locals, he had a dedicated relationship with Coors for the majority of his adult life (only after he turned 21, of course). In July of 2008, he attended the Colorado Brewers’ Rendezvous in Salida, CO for the first time. This was when he realized how many great Colorado craft beers were available. An evolving taste for craft beer led IMG_20130609_184613him to leave his longtime love (Coors Banquet Beer), to move on and see what else was out there…ultimately his love for Colorado craft beer became so great, he decided he had to spread the word to others, and Colorado Craft Brews was created in February 2013. While he still enjoys a Coors Banquet, he has developed a serious connection with IPAs.  Jeremy’s favorite Colorado craft beer is the Tommyknocker Pick Axe IPA.

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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

Kettle & Spoke Brewery – Boulder, 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

Mother Tucker Brewery – Thornton, 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

Peak to Peak Tap and Brew – Aurora, CO

Peaks N Pines Brewery – Colorado Springs, CO

Periodic Brewing – Leadville, 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

Zuni Street Brewing Company – Denver, CO