United States > Colorado > Durango
3fourths (1276) Boulder, Colorado | October 27, 2004| Updated July 27, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Steamworks has been a favorite brewery of mine in my pre-RateBeer days, though I continue to visit and have now been there about a dozen times. They are located a few blocks up the hill from the main touristy street of Durango (within walking distance of both Carver and Lady Falconburgh’s) located inside a building which was used by a different but now extinct microbrewery in the early 90’s, I believe. Inside has a few restaurant seating rooms with a large bar area across from the brewing room... a looooong bar with a tone of seating. They usually have a wide assortment of taps, with generally one cask offering, the IPA or ESB when I’ve visited. Many times I’ll be camping up near Purgatory and I’ll bring up a growler of Steamworks Third Eye P.A. to drink at camp every night... I have nothing bad to say about them - they are not a world class brewery, but what they do make is quite good.
Beershine (746) The Sunshine State, Florida | October 3, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Love this place--a must if you are anywhere near Durango. The atmosphere is great, cool and urban, large with high ceilings and a long bar conducive to alone or friends. Durango itself is pretty cool--a small town but relatively sophisticated, liberal, not insular. And the real reason to come is that they are serious about brewing. Had some of the better beers I’ve had in a while here, they are pushing boundaries and impressing palates without being gimmicky. Would go back in a second.
Braudog (722) Glenville, Pennsylvania | September 21, 2006
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Sep 06: Granted, I was already pretty lit by the time I got here for dinner, but I was underimpressed with the ’bored" servers and the boring food offerings. This place went "industrial" in a town where it just doesn’t fit; Steamworks offers up some darn good beers, especially their big hoppy varities, along with some good SW food offerings. But overall, I’d go to Carver over this place next time.
NachlamSie (591) Denver, Colorado | January 20, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
This is a large, spacious brewpub with a clean and ski-town-type ambiance. There was a large selection of their beers available with anything from chili beer to nitrogenated IIPA to Belgian styles. The service during lunch was great at the bar. I had chicken green chile potato soup with tasty beer bread. There were a lot of people coming in to eat lunch and get food to go as well as a handful of patrons at the large bar. This is just kind of a standard brewpub, but it really excels at being just that.
hopdog (240) Lansdale, Pennsylvania | December 6, 2009
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Stopped by for a nightcap on a Saturday at 8pm. Was able to get a seat at the bar. Large place with peanut shells on the floor (and they let all the kids draw with chalk on the floor as well - great for all of us parents with small kids!). 10 beers on tap including serveral seasonals.
Iphonephan (185) McLean, Virginia | July 20, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Cavernous place with peanut shells on the floor. More of an après ski feel than a serious beer bar. Still they do have around 15 of their own beers on draft - which are ok but not exceptional.
ads135 (170) Lawrence, Kansas | November 20, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Industrial decor set in a nice old mountain town. Good selection of beer, some of which are available bottled. Good food. Went there with Josh N., Josh W., and Nick C. after ASEH in 2011 on our way to the Great Sand Dunes.
hellbilly (139) scottsdale über alles, Arizona | December 26, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
stopped in 7/17/10. this place really reminds me of tempe four peaks... warehouse type building with a giant patio and no walls. decent service and laid back atmosphere but a mediocre set of ten or so beers.
puzzl (138) New York, New York | September 27, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Whoa! Best brewpub of the trip by far. A wide range of very interesting beers that are of above average to very good quality. The food choices are excellent and the execution goes far beyond what you’ll see in 95% of brewpubs and even restaurants. The best spot in Durango, and worth a detour if you are anywhere nearby.
Ratman197 (133) Arvada, Colorado | July 31, 2006
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Steamworks has a comfortable industrial look. The service was about average, but the bartender readily awnserede questions when he was’nt busy. The beer selection was awesome with about 12 beers on tap. The food was tasty and reasonably priced. If you’re in Durango it’s worth checking out.
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