OMG....this place is a joke. I have been here three times now trying to actually get one of their brews. Only once have they had one of their own on tap. It was the Coffee stout and was pretty good. But one out of three attempts and only one brew on tap. Get your act together. Also donít ever try the Jamaican Jerk Pizza. It was quite possibly the worst pizza I have ever had in my life. Less cloves people. Service wise it is was always pretty busy so I try to be understanding. But two of the three times they never asked my wife for a refill on her coke (she does not drink) and getting them to remember anything about your order is like pulling teeth. The pizza and beer is a nice gimmick especially with the idea of the yeast being used to make the pizza. But if you want pizza or beer I would just go across the street to Old Chicago and you will have a better experience.
Visited here on a Tuesday which is the day for $2 pints and $2 slices of pizza. Phenomenal deal. The ambiance is very stock and chain-restaurant like, but clean and welcoming enough. We sat on the patio and experienced great service. There were eight of their own drafts available along with three guest taps from Breckenridge, Odell and a cider. The house beers spanned a reasonable array of styles. The IPA is decent and the rye red ale is something I would repeatedly drink, especially with a meal. The pizza is perhaps the best I have had in the Denver metro area. The spent grain crust is very flavorful and cooked to a crisp, but not dry, perfection. Their sauce tastes of fresh tomatoes and the toppings are of the highest quality and loaded on. So, if youíre coming here to try the beer I recommend you plan on having pizza. Try to do it on a Tuesday. The beer itself was nothing particularly outstanding, but the two I tried were clean and a steal at $2. Not sure what the usual price is. While I wouldnít classify this as a beer-geek destination, I will certainly come back for some excellent pizza and good enough beer.
The place has a good feel and was busy while we were there. The waitstaff were nice and efficient and fairly beer knowledgeable. The pizzas were very good, the salads and kids meals were fine. There were 5 beers on tap, 2 of them stouts. The 2 wheat based beers, including the watermelon/basil wheat, were fair at best. The IPA quaffable, but not excellent. There were 5 guest beers that we did not try.
To defend my extremely low rating of this establishment, I have been coming here for over a year, long before their upgraded equipment, and this venue has changed significantly. Being a homebrewer and supporter of small local breweries, I was pleased to find this gem in my neighborhood when I moved in. At that time, the brewers and owners were accessible and eager to engage the patrons, whether discussing their homemade dough, or beer recipes. Then came the upgraded equipment and drinking games. Since their upgrades, the beer has been mediocre at best, the staff and owner (dad) are busy playing beer games (indoor jenga much like 1up), the staff are distracted from customer service while taking shot skis, and the owner also sits at the bar playing online poker on his phone. I went in today for the super bowl to find only 5 taps flowing. Of those, only two were their beers. Of their two beers, the toffee porter was pouring head only and they were forced to pour pitchers and let them settle. Of the commercial beers, one was Coors Banquet. Gone seem the days of brewhouse management and quality, small batch, creative beers! Needless to say, I donít think Iíll be going back.
Located in one of those town center thingies, I arrived as new and larger brewing equipment was being delivered. They were going for a bit of a post industrial look on the inside. They had 6 of their own on tap and 5 guest taps. The beers I had were solid but not spectacular. Itís nice to see the locals embrace the place but itís not exactly a destination kind of place.
Looks like production will be increasing soon, as a new, larger fermentation tank was sitting in the dining room waiting to be installed. They had 5 of their own beers on tap plus another 5 guests, all from Great Divide, I think. The mini strombolis ("Bombers" and "Poppers") were tasty. Hot mustard served with the Italian sausage was outstanding.
A small pizzeria and brewery tucked nicely within a huge shopping area with about a dozen or so other restaurants. There were 4 house beers and 4 guest beers on tap during my visit; their beers were average to really good. The food was very good, utilizing fresh ingredients and offering a nice selection. Our service could have been better as the waitress questioned everything we ordered, with questions like "you know the jalapenos are hot?" Well, I certainly hope they are, that is what they are supposed to be. At any rate, I will certainly go back; the food was well worth the visit and the Black IPA was really nice.
(Visited 07/2011): Dad & Dudeís is at the crossroads of Arapahoe and S Parker Rd on S Cornerstar Way which could cause some GPS issues. It is located in a winding complex of roads in a plaza. Parking is abundant in the surrounding area.
The inside features a short bar on the left side with table seating elsewhere. There is a chalkboard by the bar listing what beers they have available.
As for the beer selection, Dad & Dudeís has 7 house beers including a Brown, Pale, Agave Brown, and Imperial Stout among others. All of the beers are decent with Rapture Imperial Stout being my favorite of the bunch. There are a few guest taps as well featuring some regional brewers like Elk Mountain and Great Divide. Samples are available for all the beers. I did not note any bottled options.
Service at the bar on a weekday late afternoon was pretty good. The bartender did not seem overly passionate about beer but was friendly and attentive.
I did not try any food on the visit, although the pizza looked good.
Overall this place doesnít seem to celebrate their beer as much as others but it is still a good option for a brew and pizza in the area.
First place on my trip to Denver, could have been worse. They only do half barrel nano batches and have 3 on ata atoms. Also had a few other locally brewed beers as well, though nothin too surprising. The beers and lines seemed in good shape and they have cheap flights of anything on tap and great happy hour deals. Food is decent, had a sandwich an the pizza looked good. Not a bad place, just kind of in the middle Iíd nowhere.
A fine restaurant with a semi urban feel to it that actually fits itís menu and location perfectly. The pizza we had was outstanding, just a little on the pricy side. A tasted flight is fair priced, and a pint is only $4, so its pretty reasonable. The only nag I have, like everyone else, is the selection. They only had 2 of their own brews on tap, supplemented by a decent CO tap selection. Their brewing operation is just too small. Theyíre a restaurant first, with nano-brewed beer for funsies on the side. So donít go expecting to find more than 3 of their own selection. But again, great pizza.