Catalyst Espresso Bar and Tasting Lounge (OUT OF BUSINESS)

Taps: 8 | Bottles: about 30
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
BlackForestCO  (18) Aurora, Colorado | January 16, 2009
Cool little place in an out of the way, non-descript location. 8 taps with a decent selection of stuff, mostly local and California beers. There is also a decent selection of bottles. I like that they used tulips and other types of glassware outside of the regular pub pint. There is also coffee, food, and wine available, none of which I sampled. Staff is relatively knowledgeable and knows whatís going on. It is a good place, and the rumors of it going under are a bummer.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
3fourths  (1496) Boulder, Colorado | December 29, 2008| Updated July 27, 2012
I really liked this place. Where I live in Boulder there is a lack of these types of places - very relaxed drinking, studying, talking and reading spots. Has a respectable selection of beer, mostly all locals, half are high gravity taps, something special or a favorite to find if not... the atmosphere is very chill, the people are genuinely friendly and arenít caught up in trying to project a certain attitude. Very cool. I wish I had one near where I lived.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Beaver  (18) Fort Collins, Colorado | August 28, 2008
Catalyst has a great atmosphere - itís a coffee shop on one side and a nice beer lounge on the other. They do a great job of getting rare and interesting beers (Avery Ale to the Chief, Hercules, Oaked Yeti and 15, Stone 12, Dogfish Head, New Belgium Lips of Faith and La Folie, plus some Belgians on tap and quite a few in bottles). The beer is very reasonably priced (La Folie in a NB globe for $4.75). They have also started doing some beer tastings - they did a sour beer tasting with a San Diego beer (Alesmith, Lost Abbey) tasting upcoming. They have live local music a couple of times a week. Their food menu is limited - pizza, hummus plate, etc. Itís quite the hidden gem, and I hope they keep up the good work!
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Crosling  (70) Fort Collins, Colorado | August 4, 2008
Stopped into Catalyst for the first time last night and indulged in a Rochefort 10 and a Binchoise Brune. Really enjoyed the experience and it being only 10 minutes from my house, itís going to be my new favorite spot. As soon as you walk in, you get a sense that a beer geek is running things. The selection of draught beers was really nice, with gems like Oak Aged Yeti, Hercules, Black Butte Porter, Jessicaís PorterÖand it seems like itís all constantly rotating. The bottled list was really nice and thoughtfully chosen as well. Beauties like Saison Dupont, Rochefort 10, Des Rocs Triple Imperiale and many more. The gentlemen behind the bar are clearly enthused about fine ale and were great to talk to. Itís a newer place with great potential. Right now, itís not a spot to try something vintage or rare, but that will come with time. I really liked the vibe of this place.

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