This is really feels like the production facility. It’s in a large warehouse with a very utilitarian ambiance inside. It’s comfortable in here except for the piercing, mid-range laden classic rock cranked up to compete with the expected noise of a large brewing and canning operation. There’s plenty of bar seating and a few tables outside. They keep a rotating selection of rarer offerings which gives visitors something unique to try. Prices are cheap. $4 pints of the flagships and very affordable growler fills as well. Their crowler idea is just brilliant too.
Oskar Blues is obviously as great brewery...and this is a great brewery taproom...especially if the weather allows for sitting out on the deck. Add a band and some catered grilling on that deck and it doesn’t get much better. There is even skeeball inside a section of the actual brewery. Although the space inside and on the deck seems big enough...it can all get pretty crazy crowded as it was during my recent visit. Probably the only complaint I had...at least for the day I visited...all of the beers available are normally available beers...there didn’t seem to be any specialty or one-off’s which you kind of expect at a brewery taproom. Nonetheless...a must visit when in the area...especially for any OB lovers.
Well I guess I am in the minority here but I gotta say I was disappointed by my visit. Don’t get me wrong, the merchandise corner has some awesome stuff, the to-go fridges has some beauties, the staff were nice, the tour was OK but it was just way too damn noisy. Coming inside was like being on a construction site when I went so not at all relaxing and it gave me a headache so they lose points for that in the ambiance and overall experience categories. I prefered the ambiance at the nearby Liquids & Solids. I’d say pop in here for some Merch, take-out brews, a tour and a quick beer but go there to just chill with food + Oskar Blues brews.
Stopped by early on a Saturday afternoon. The taproom was not too busy. Very spacious, well decorated, and maintained. Only one beer on tap that I had not had before, and that was a gluten free. New Oskar Blues fans should love this place.
OK, walked in and soaked up the aromatic hop infused wort that was in the air and felt right at home. I love the big seating area and long bar area with the fermenters looming overhead in the background as a boil kettle and mash tun are hard at work somewhere just out of site. Great vibe and feel here as it seems totally laid back and fun with great staff who did a stellar job at getting people what they were after despite the large crowd. I had a couple 10-Fidy variants that were outstanding. I would love to go here all the time. I guess the only gripe I had is that they make it a little difficult to know what beer was “on” as they had beers listed on the board that weren’t on yet and from 15ft away (and due to the crowd, no way to get closer) how could you know what was what. For me I would love to iron out this perceived deficiency with regular visits. With all the places I was able to visit while in town for GABF this one is at the top of my list the next time I’m in town.