cubs (420) Fort Collins, Colorado | November 18, 2012
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. It’s 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 can’t find around town making it a great stop for visitors to Colorado. The staff is incredibly friendly and personable. This definitely shouldn’t be excluded from a Denver/Colorado beer tour.
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 room’s small, with no frills. There’s 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 Stave’s brewing process in great deal with one of the punters, so clearly the staff is knowledgeable. The selection’s not massive - there were 5 beers on tap available on my visit. There beers were very tasty indeed. Overall, I’d come to this place often if I lived in Denver. These guys are legit.
Fun to finally visit Chad’s 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 wasn’t 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.
Great little place with some kick ass sours/wilds. Service is as good as it gets. Well done Chad and company.
Steve_0 (142) Denver, Colorado | September 17, 2012| Updated November 19, 2012
Ok so this place is worth a stop solely because of the beer. The stuff Chad is putting out is unlike anything else in Colorado and in some instances, the country. Sometimes his beers are a miss, but he has definitely been improving over the last few years. The place is extremely small and shotty (it is in a bad part of town and located in an industrial park). Despite all this it feels friendly and Chad is usually around to chat with you about what he has coming up, whats on tap, etc. . . The bartenders are cool and they have 5-6 beers on tap, plus bottles for sale. I think this place is fine for now and I can’t wait to check out his new taproom in the RiNo District when it opens up next year. My wife and I go here on a regular basis.
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.
notalush (407) Lakewood, Colorado | September 8, 2012| Updated October 6, 2012
[Update - they have started doing partial pours/flights, which is good, but they are pricey - for example, a taster of WWBI is about three bucks for about a 1/3 pour, while a full pour is five] Just slightly off the beaten path in that it is in a neighborhood that most locals never set foot in (it’s kinda in the ghetto - although Sunnyside is gentrifying in some places, this particular area can be sketchy - although it is important to note that "ghetto" in Denver is relative) - industrial park location with no on-street signage - one gets the feeling that they are here because rent is cheap, but it doesn’t make for a good first impression - the tasting room is tiny and basement-like, and the cages on the windows just serve to remind you that you are not in the best of areas - beers on tap are a nice mix of the more common ones (WWB series) and more "special" beers - not reserve society ones, but other one-offs that are sure to please - perhaps the biggest fail here is that they do not sell flights or tasters - this is fine if you are a local, like me, that can come back whenever you feel like it, but what if you are a beer tourist doing a brewery tour? - you will be forced to buy full pours of all five or six sour ales if you want to try them all? - impossible! - this needs to change - prices are reasonable, considering how much the bottles typically cost - 5-8 bucks a glass, depending on the beer - as usual with crooked stave, the beer quality is inconsistent - some is quite good, some is seriously flawed - the folks hanging out there were all uber beer nerd dudes, most of whom seemed to be on a first name basis with the staff - a bunch of twenty somethings talking about crazy rare beer the whole time - lame - I am probably making it sound like I do not like this place very much, which is only partially true - as a PLACE, it really isn’t all that great - however, Chad has been gradually improving on his products and the fact that he now has his own space in Denver is exciting, as I am sure this will increase his profile and make his gradual improvement accelerate - as a showcase for his brand, the space seems counter to what he is trying to project - hopefully The Source will be a better platform for the brand.