Visited after work on a Wednesday on my way to the airport. Located in a new outdoor mall type development. Parking is street, or bigger lot behind the brewery. Despite the brand new surroundings, the brewery itself feels nicely broken in with a nice covered sidewalk patio, bar seating and tables and booths throughout the space. 11 house beers on draft when I visited. Hop focused, though decent variety of styles. Service was great, really knew his stuff and was quite friendly. Busy for a Wednesday afternoon with a crowd that didn’t seem to be from the nearby suburban neighborhoods.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
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 you’re 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 wouldn’t 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 don’t think I’ll 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. It’s nice to see the locals embrace the place but it’s 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 & Dude’s 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 & Dude’s 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 doesn’t 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 I’d nowhere.