Small tasting room in the back of an industrial park across the street from a school. Inside is a long wooden bar and some tables separated from the brewery side which is full of barrels. I enjoyed talking to the bartenders about how their beer is made by Prost (the German brewery down the street) and trucked over to be soured in the barrels. They had a pretty interesting set of taps going that they sell small glasses of (albeit for a lot of money). They also have bottles for sale either to go or to drink on premise. I had a set of tasters that I hadnít tried (six of them) and a bottle of the bourbon Sentience sour quad. The white wine saison and white wine saison with citra hops were my favorites. Looking forward to seeing what they do in the future.
Small, cramped establishment in an industrial area of Denver. Ample parking once their neighbors close. Opening night featured a busy bar with sufficient staff for a slow night, so getting beers took a while at times. Anyways, I am glad to see Chad get his barrel room open.
Visited after Hogshead on a Thursday evening. As other have noted, this is in an odd corner of NW Denver, though it is super easy to access from I-70 and Pecos. Crooked Stave has a unit in an ugly cinder block building. The setup is very simple, a tasting bar right as you enter, with a handful of bar tables in the small front room. When I visited, I believe they had 6 beers on draft, as well as a couple of bottles for sale. The barrel room is visible through a door, and definitely is impressive in the amount of beer they have on wood. Service was friendly and welcoming, the crowd was all very beer geeky (including me, of course). Good spot, certainly a must see if you are a fan of Crooked Stave beers.
82 = ★★★Ĺ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Crooked Stave has a tiny tasting room in a warehouse complex which should be very easy to get to when Pecos St. is open, unlike when I visited and discovered the road to be closed due to construction. Anyway, they have made good use of the small space putting in wooden furnishings, a small bar and interesting framed beer articles on the walls. Iíd say maybe 25 people maximum could fit in here. The bartender was friendly and efficient. Being that Crooked Stave only makes barrel aged, wildly fermented beers the price, availability and selection suffer. But, the major plus is that the beers are absolutely phenomenal. I donít care that there are only six beers on tap when all six of them are absolutely amazing. Things seem to rotate out at a reasonable pace so the opportunity to try new things will present itself fairly often. I wasnít sure how to rate selection. It doesnít cover a lot of ground, but everything is awesome.
This place is a must-visit for any sour head stopping in Denver. The tap room is located in an industrial area of town not far from the highway. When you visit this place, you realize how small of an operation Crooked Stave still is. The tap roomís small, with no frills. Thereís room for about 12 people to sit down, with only 1 bathroom to serve all the punters. Still, the ambiance is reasonably pleasant. The service is quite good. I overheard one of the bartenders discussing Crooked Staveís brewing process in great deal with one of the punters, so clearly the staff is knowledgeable. The selectionís not massive - there were 5 beers on tap available on my visit. There beers were very tasty indeed. Overall, Iíd come to this place often if I lived in Denver. These guys are legit.
Easy to find brewery tap room not in some crazy to find industrial park. 6 taps on deck with tasters and full pours allowed. Quality was very high with the WWBV being completely insane. One of the best beers Iíve had all year. Service was quick, intimate, friendly. Definitely strike up a conversation with these dudes since they are beer making experts. Lots of fun to visit. Wish they had more variety on tap and in bottles, but looks like the locals clean this place out for good reason. Kudos to one of my favorite breweries!
Weird hole-in-the-wall place in an industrial park a few miles north of downtown and just west of 25, south of 70. The tap room is very small and cozy. There was one guy bartending at the time and he came off as arrogant. Paid attention to the regulars and talked up the brewery. He got the job done, though, whenever one of my pours was getting low. The beers are outstanding, but the selection was very limited- 6 taps, with only 4 different beers- Surette, St. Bretta (Summer), 2 hop variants of Vieille, and 2 variants of Hop Savant. Those also happen to be the 4 bottles available. That was kind of a bummer for someone hoping to try a wider range of things. The bartender was talking up the new place, which will be bigger and better. As of now, this is worth visiting for the world-class beer, but lacks as an inviting destination.
Fun to finally visit Chadís own place. Full of beer geeks and beer geek beers. A bit of a trek from down town, in an industrial lot (right next to a cooperage it seems). Very tasty beers across the board (quite improved from Fall 2011). No real flights, but that wasnít an issue. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff that were very willing to converse about brewing. The near 60bbl foudres are quite impressive. Reasonable pricing and good beers. i hope to be back soon.
One of the best places to hit in Denver for a beer tourist or even for locals. Not the best neighborhood but it is super convenient to access right off of I-70 and I-25. They seem to rotate new and interesting blends and dry-hopped versions of their standard brews quite often. Itís a bit on the pricey side ($8 for a glass of some blends and just a buck or two off for "tasters"), but for the most part, the quality is really there. They also sell some pretty sweet bottles on premise that you canít find around town making it a great stop for visitors to Colorado. The staff is incredibly friendly and personable. This definitely shouldnít be excluded from a Denver/Colorado beer tour.