The Quest for the Holy Grain - Best Microbreweries
Colorado

 

 

Denver

Ft. Collins

Loveland

 

 

Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern
1020 E Lincoln Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: (970) 682-2260

The Fort Collins Brewery is a large working brewery that has a bar in its midst.
The bar itself is to the left as one enters and seats about 15. A divider separates that section from the 20 or so tables in the seating area.
A great table that seats about 40 is along the righthand (front) windows.
A glass wall to the rear shows the brewing operation; one to the right looks on the bottling line.
FCB has about 25 of their own beers on tap as well as maybe 15 guest taps.
They serve a very limited pub grub menu.
Six-packs of Fort Collins' year- round beers and bombers of special products are available for purchase.
Everything is available in growlers.

 

 

 

Equinox Brewing
133 Remington St.
Ft. Collins, CO
970-484-1368

Equinox Brewing is a microbrewery in downtown Ft. Collins.
A slender store front opens to a bar area.
The small bar seats about six and there are a few tables.
An opening leads to the next storefront which apparently belongs to Equinox as well.
There are tables and booths in that room, like a restaurant, and a passage out to the back yard.
Behind the bar, and visible from the passageway, is the brewery.
Equinox has 22 different beers on tap - one of each style.

According to the Equinox mission statement, " On one level our beers fit into some traditional styles, but we put our own twist on them. We want our beers to capture elements from the past and incorporate new ideas, ingredients and techniques into them. We're not afraid to try new things."

To obtain a pint of an Equinox creation, one stands in line at the bar, gets a beer, and finds a seat somewhere.
Equinox beer is also sold in a number of other bars and restaurants in Ft. Collins.
I saw no reference to food.

 

 

Prost Brewing Company
2540 19th Street
Denver, CO 80211
303.729.1175

Prost Brewing is a microbrewery just a few blocks across the river from Coors Field.
It is a new stand-alone building - very modern inside.
The German decor consists of mostly large picnic tables.
The brewworks were made in 1963 and brewed beer in the German town of Grafenau until 1984. At that point, it was sold to Brauerei Hummer from Germany's Franconia region. After 350 years of brewing beer in Germany, the operation was moved to Denver.
Prost brews 5 German-style beers and one seasonal. Each of the beers can be purchased in the traditional 1-Liter Mass.
During our visit, there were 10 taps pumping 4 different beers. (Duplicates of all and two broken taps.)
It's a friendly and easy place to drink, and the beer is pretty good.

 

 

 

Denver Beer Company
1695 Platte St 
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 433-2739

The Denver Beer Company is a micro brewery a few blocks from the Colorado Rockies' Coors Field in Denver.
There are many garage-type doors in front reminding one of a Firehouse, but since the building is not very deep perhaps a gas station in a previous life. Appropriate because DBC, according to their website, was born "in our garages with a few batches of home brew.

The bar is in the center of the inside area with a tabled section to the right, and a patio out front.
This patio was designed by
"drawing inspiration from beer gardens of Bavaria...where new and old friends can share a table and pint out of doors. "

The brewing operation is visible also.
.All self serve...buy a beer and find a seat. Denver BC has 8 of their own beers on tap. Tuesday at 4:00 the place was quite busy.
Denver Beer Company also has food trucks present, so you may want to call about their schedule.

 

Hogshead Brewery
4460 W. 29th Ave.
Denver, CO 80212
303-495-3105

The Hogshead Brewery is a microbrewery in a nice, older residential area a few miles from downtown Denver.
Unlike the vast majority of American microbrewers, Hogshead brews traditional English-style ales.

According to their mission statement, their tap room and patio "have been designed and developed to provide a variety of beers with an emphasis on English ales in a warm and inviting atmosphere with a neighborhood friendly feel."

Hagshead has at least 5 of their own English-style beers on tap. Some are "real ales" served from the cask.
Those brews that I tried were tasty and seemed true to style. Everything is also available in growlers.

 

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
623 Denver Ave.
Loveland, CO 80538
(970) 624-6045

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse specializes in unusual German-style beers, such as a Dusseldorf Ale and Kottbusser Ale.
Their brewhouse and brewpub are located in an unassuming industrial park in Loveland, CO.
Grimm Brothers featured a very friendly and helpful staff, and seemed to be patronized by locals and knowledgeable out-of-towners.
No food menu other than the convenient hot dog cart outside, but a great selection of current beers on tap.
Their "Little Red Cap" altbier has won some recent awards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"They who drink beer will think beer ." ....Washington Irving