Estes Park Brewery – Estes Park, CO

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History of the Brewery:
The Estes Park Brewery is located in Estes Park, CO minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park, The Stanley Hotel, and many other tourist attractions. I had to opportunity to visit Estes Park Brewery after a day of hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, and was impressed with the selection, and quality of the beer. The location of the brewery makes it a perfect destination for anyone that enjoys a beer after hiking, biking, or simply taking in the scenery in the area.

In 1993 Gordon Knight started High Country Brewery in Boulder, Co. That same year Ed Grueff opened the Event Center in Estes Park. In 1994 Ed and Gordon decided to combine the two businesses and the Estes Park Brewery was born. The original Brewing equipment which consisted of a 4 1/4 Barrel Brewhouse was moved to Estes. For the first summer the Event Center kept the main floor as a stage and dance floor. For the first summer the Estes Park Brewery offered four beers: Estes Park Porter, Estes Park Renegade, Longs Peak Raspberry Wheat and Estes Park Pale Ale.

In the fall of 1994, Gordon Knight decided to sell his half of the business. When Gordon left, Eric Bratrud took over as the head Brewer. The Brewery also expanded to a 14 BBL Brewhouse and moved out onto the main floor where is now located.

In 1995 the Estes Park brewery started packaging their beers in 12 oz bottles, which expanded their market. By this time they added a number of beers including Trail Ridge Red, Estes Park Gold, Stinger Wild Honey Wheat and Samson Stout. 1995 was also the first year of the Best of the West Brewfest held in the Brewery parking lot. Since ’95 we’ve continued to evolve both in our restaurant and with our brewing operations.

IMG_0435About the Brewery:
In 2003 Tyler Lemirande and Eric Bratrud took over as owners. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Tyler and talking craft beer during my visit to the brewery. Tyler is a very nice guy that enjoys providing fresh craft beer to tourists, and locals alike. The atmosphere at Estes Park Brewery is unique compared to many of the breweries I’ve been to in the Denver area. Unlike many of the breweries around Denver, Estes Park Brewery has a restaurant with a pub-style food menu, a full bar, arcade games, and tons of seating. Due to its unique setup, Estes Park Brewery is a great place for the whole family to visit and enjoy a meal, or a fun gathering place for those only interested in getting a locally brewed beer.

The beer at Estes Park Brewery is comprised of quite a few different styles. There’s definitely a beer for all different types of beer drinkers available at the brewery. One of the really great things about the brewery is that visitors can try samples of different beers on the main floor before they head upstairs and order a beer. I’ve never been to another brewery that advertised free samples to visitors. Estes Park Brewery’s approach to samples allows visitors to try new styles of beer without buying a beer they don’t like. While I was trying a few samples, I overheard a lady say “she never tried anything like that, and it was really good!” As someone that’s grown to love beer in all different styles, I think it’s awesome to have a brewery promote trying different beers until you find one you like (up to 4 samples are free).

Beer List:
The list pictured below is the list of regular beers you will typically find at Estes Park Brewery. My favorite beer at the brewery was actually a seasonal, and one that can be found at The Stanley Hotel, the The Shining Pale Ale (in honor of Stephen King’s The Shining). From EPBrewery.com, “The Shining Pale Ale is brewed with rare British All-Star pale malt to give the beer a full body and unique flavor. We hop with Amarillo and Cascade hops. Of course this beer is named after the book “The Shining” by Stephen King. We don’t guarantee clairvoyance after after a pint or two we just hope you enjoy the experience.” I really enjoyed the pale ale, and look forward to the next chance I get to drink it.

The two top sellers at Estes Park Brewery are the Stinger Honey Wheat, and Bear Lake Raspberry Wheat. Both of these are great beers for those that enjoy lighter beers without much hoppiness. Of the two, I really liked the Stinger Honey Wheat, which is brewed with local Colorado honey. The honey taste is subtle and the beer is a really smooth, drinkable beer that is not overly sweet.

Estes Park Brewery Beer ListI want to thank Tyler Lemirande for taking the time to sit down with me and talk craft beer. I had a great time visiting Estes Park Brewery, and look forward to my next visit. I highly recommend visiting the brewery to anyone that’s able to make it to Estes Park. There’s a lot to see and do around Estes Park, and stopping in at the brewery should be on your list!

Estes Park Brewery
470 Prospect Village Dr.
Estes Park, C0 80517
970.586.5421
www.epbrewery.com

Snowmass Mammoth Fest: June 13-15, 2014

Snowmass-Mammoth-FestThe Snowmass Mammoth Fest, formerly Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest, returns for its 11th year on June 13-15, 2014 in collaboration with Snowmass Tourism. Tickets are on sale now.

The Colorado summer festival season kicks off in Snowmass Village at this year’s Snowmass Mammoth Fest. Snowmass Mammoth Fest is proud to announce that Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and Leftover Salmon, will headline the event this summer. Additional musical artists include Xavier Rudd, Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang, The Motet, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bonerama, Houndmouth, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Wheeler Brothers, The London Souls, Miner, and local DJs Berkel Beats, and Echo Da Funk.

Snowmass Mammoth Fest will include great music and food, but don’t forget about the brews! Come celebrate the Grand Tasting on Saturday, June 14th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm in the festival grounds where 25+ breweries will participate with over 50 different beers. Come sample some tasty brews from your favorite breweries on Saturday afternoon while listening to great music in Snowmass Town Park.

Mammoth-Fest-Brewery-ListThere are options of staying in a local hotel near the event, or you can camp at the event. Snowmass Mammoth Fest is coming up pretty soon, so be sure to check out avialability at local hotels here. Snowmass Mammoth Fest is a unique opportunity to be able to camp out at a festival with great music, food, and of course, craft beer. If you’re more interested in camping, check out the options here.

Snowmass Mammoth Fest – June 13-15, 2014
Snowmass Town Park
2835 Brush Creek Road
Snowmass Village, CO 81615

Colorado Winners: 2014 World Beer Cup

The World Beer Cup is put on every other year by The Brewers Association, which is headquartered in Boulder, CO. The World Beer Cup is a popular event among brewers and brewing companies, as it brings together the best and brightest in the brewing industry. The 2014 World Beer Cup and Craft Brewers Conference took place in Denver, CO, and included a whopping 4,754 beers, 1,403 breweries from 58 countries and 94 styles of beer! Colorado brewers fared well at the World Beer Cup, bringing home 24 medals (10 Gold, 5 Silver, 9 Bronze).2014-world-beer-cup-banner

According to The Brewers Association, “The mission of the World Beer Cup is to create greater consumer awareness around the world about the quality and diversity displayed by the various beers of the world. The World Beer Cup is dedicated to recognizing both the traditions and innovations shared by the entire brewing industry as well as those customs unique to specific countries and regions. The World Beer Cup also promotes the responsible consumption of beer as an alcohol-containing beverage and urges beer producers and distributors to encourage beer enthusiasts to savor the flavor of beer responsibly.”

Colorado Winners @ The 2014 World Beer Cup:

  • Fruit Beer (57 entries) GOLD: Cherry Kriek, Strange Brewing Co, Denver, CO, SILVER: Apricot Blonde, Dry Dock Brewing Co Aurora, CO
  • Chocolate Beer (51 Entries) GOLD: Shake Chocolate Porter, Boulder Beer Co Boulder, CO
  • Coffee Beer (109 Entries) GOLD: Big Shot Espresso Stout, Twisted Pine Brewing Co – Boulder, CO
  • Indigenous Beer (37 Entries) GOLD: Wild and Crazy Rye, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Boulder,CO / Huntington Beach, CA
    BRONZE: Got Beer, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Boulder, CO / Huntington Beach, CA
  • Wood & Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (112 Entries) BRONZE: Bourbon Barrel Aged Mountain Man, Verboten Brewing – Loveland, CO
  • Baltic-Style Porter (44 Entries) SILVER: The Baltic Gnome, Rock Bottom – Denver, CO
  • American-Style Lager / Light Lager or Pilsener (53 Entries) GOLD: Coors Light, Coors Brewing Co Golden, CO
    BRONZE: Coors Banquet, Coors Brewing Co – Golden, CO
  • American-Style Amber Lager (34 Entries) GOLD: Winterfest, AC Golden Brewing Co – Golden, CO
  • Australasian-Style Pale Ale / International-Style Pale Ale (33 Entries)
    SILVER: River Runners Pale Ale, Eddyline Brewing Buena Vista, CO
  • French & Belgian-Style Saison (91 Entries) GOLD: Saison, Aspen Brewing Co – Aspen, CO
  • Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale (46 Entries) BRONZE: Jean-Claude Van Blond, Wit’s End Brewing Co Denver, CO
  • Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale (41 Entries) SILVER: Deceit, Funkwerks – Fort Collins, CO
  • Ordinary / Special Bitter (37 Entries) GOLD: Sawtooth Ale, Left Hand Brewing Co – Longmont, CO
  • English-Style Brown Ale (49 Entries) BRONZE: No Name, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co – Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Oatmeal Stout (57 Entries) SILVER: Pure Imagination, Verboten Brewing – Loveland, CO
  • British-Style Imperial Stout (42 Entries) BRONZE: Weapon of Self Destruction Imperial Stout, Riff Raff Brewing Co – Pagosa Springs, CO
  • Irish-Style Red Ale (46 Entries) GOLD: George Killian’s Irish Red, Coors Brewing Co – Golden, CO
  • Foreign-Style Stout (38 Entries) BRONZE: Devil Dog Stout, Red Leg Brewing Co – Colorado Springs, CO
  • American-Style Pale Ale (122 Entries) BRONZE: Featherweight Pale, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co – Golden, CO
  • American-Style Amber / Red Ale (90 Entries) GOLD: Runoff, Odell Brewing Co – Fort Collins, CO
  • World Beer Cup Champion Brewery & Brewmaster – Large Brewing Company
    Coors Brewing Company, Dr. David Ryder – Golden, CO

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!

 

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