With this rate Iíve had a beer in all 50 states plus DC since retiring from the military in 2008 - 38 states this year alone. This is the quintessential brewery tap, jast a smalll wooden bar in the brewery itself, with staff coming and going, plus some tables upstairs. Extendive choice if beers available in a flight. Extremely friendly locals and staff. Great place.
i like these guys. southern area outside of town, couple of buildings off of I-25 and away from anyone else. small taproom / bar area with 8 beers on tap and a sour in the bottle. small batch saturdays they put pro-am things on tap.
So the beer is just average but the place is a lot of fun. Itís right off the freeway and there are even billboards pointing to it so it should be pretty easy to spot, though itís on a side street off of the frontage road so pay attention. There is a patio out front and a porch on the second floor. There is some seating inside at the bar or upstairs by the pool table. Outside is a horseshoe set up along with some corn hole boards. You just have to get the bean bags from the counter.
The full flight is a lot of beer and itís kind of expensive to try them all but itís a great source for a lot of ticks if thatís what youíre looking for. They have several seasonals on and from the looks of it every week they do Small Batch Saturday where they release some pilot batch (it was an Alt when I was there) They have a board with room for 10 beers on it and they put the 11th one in the middle. They also had bottles of their kriek for sale but I wasnít interested in a $20 bottle to take home. Actually, they have bottles of a lot of their stuff available to go. A couple of the beers were quite good but most were just decent.
The server was very nice. I wanted to buy a Chicken Killer shirt but they didnít have the white one in L. Instead all they had was the pink one. Pass. Anyway, this is a fun place and Iíd stop back in if in the area again.
I love this brewery. They make outstanding beers. I enjoy the original location with their quirky little tasting room. I heard they were moving across the road to the old Wolf Canyon Brewpub ... hope they can make it last better than WCB did ... Top 2 in Santa Fe.
Cool place, even if the beers arenít the best they are generally ok. Best to come on Saturday when they do their small batch beers, which are made by a set of participating homebrewers. Great concept. All in all maybe a dozen taps. Totally relaxed place, picnic tables outside, you can bring a feast and family if you want (many do). Another cool thing is that their property is shared by a small concert venue that gets some fun touring acts of different genres.
Gotta love the address of this place. Itís your typical taproom in an brewery setup but driving there at night off of some lonely old road, turning into a parking lot full of gravel and dust gave the scene the grandeur of a Springsteen song. They had 9 on tap which were serviceable but not flawed. I thought the prices were very reasonable. Itís not a destination place but the locals are nice enough and the drive out there was kinda cool.
Oakes (816) Vancouver, British Columbia | October 29, 2011
Tap room by the highway. They have concerts here, sometimes really good ones. The tap room itself is small, but with outdoor seating. Very casual, though the service is sometimes a bit rough around the edges. They are willing to pour samples, though, which is nice. Saturday at 2pm they tap a pro-am beer for "Small Batch Saturdays", worth knowing if youíre in the area. The beers are hit and miss but the sours, the IPA and the porter are all decent.
Got here for happy hour on a weekday. Holy cow, is it in a weird spot. Out off the highway in an industrial area 15 minutes or so south of town. Production facility with a tasting room. Nice cantilevered deck and patio underneath. Small bar area so we went upstairs where the deck is outside and some games and tables are inside. Great happy hour prices and not expensive otherwise, either. Staff was okay. Seemed to be all regulars in there so we didnít get the friendliest service. Wild variance between quality of beers, as had been my limited experience with them up to that point. Odd place but worth a stop of you have time.