3fourths (1537) Boulder, Colorado | October 27, 2004| Updated July 27, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although this is the highest rated brewpub in Durango, it was my least favorite. It is a very large place - lots of seats, a huge bar - but it was also really crowded when we stopped by on a Saturday afternoon. Lots of families and lots of people in general. We barely found seats at the bar, and a couple was soon standing behind us waiting to take our place when we were done. It felt dirty, lots of broken peanut shells on the ground. They have a lot of taps, some interesting beers that tend towards the higher gravity side. I had a chili beer, which was pretty bland for the style, and a mild ale, which was ok. I didn’t get any food. Overall I was not impressed. It is not bad per se, but I was expecting more.
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.
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.
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.
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.