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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 

Coming to Colorado (Vail area and Aspen) for a few weeks early next year, I am seriously into good beer.

 

Does anyone have any recommendations for bars/restaurants and bottle shops that stock good (craft) beer? 

 

Or any beers I shouldn't miss?  My taste leans towards the dark side.

post #2 of 29
Aspen Brewing, Hops, Finbar, Zanes Tavern and Eric's, to name a few. So many good restraunts in Aspen it's impossible to cover them all.
Most have bar menus that cost 50% of the dining room.
Make sure to hit a live show at the Belly Up. Best venue in a ski town in the world and enjoy a Ten Fidy Imperial Stout!
post #3 of 29
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Aspen Brewing, Hops, Finbar, Zanes Tavern and Eric's, to name a few. So many good restraunts in Aspen it's impossible to cover them all.
Most have bar menus that cost 50% of the dining room.
Make sure to hit a live show at the Belly Up. Best venue in a ski town in the world and enjoy a Ten Fidy Imperial Stout!

 

YUUUUUMMMMMM.  If you have never had this gem, and you like a good stout, you won't find a stout that is much better especially if on Tap.  

 

http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2681/34483/

 

oskar-blues-ten-fidy-imperial-stou.jpg

post #4 of 29
Come up to Fort Collins and take a tour at New Belgium or O'Dell's. Their tasting rooms are fantastic.
And there are so wonderful little breweries that don't ship out of town, like Grimm Bros in Loveland and Equinox in Fort Collins.
Breweries have gotten to be a dime a dozen nearly everywhere, but here the competition is very keen, and the talent pool is brimming.
BS
post #5 of 29

while you're in Collins, dont miss Fiesty's Blue Corn and Rye Bourbon.....  

 

 

@segbrown  you need to hook up a keg of Ten' !  (although the 10% may be an issue) :D

post #6 of 29

CSU is now offering at degree in fermentation science.

http://www.fshn.chhs.colostate.edu/students/undergraduate/fermentation-science/

 

Way to Go Rams!

post #7 of 29
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while you're in Collins, dont miss Fiesty's Blue Corn and Rye Bourbon.....  

 

 

@segbrown  you need to hook up a keg of Ten' !  (although the 10% may be an issue) :D

Danger! Danger! Danger!

 

That would be good, but I think there are issues with balancing the gas mix that I'm not too sure about ... Think I'll stick with something brewed to go on nitro, would hate to mess up a Ten Fidy.  Left Hand Milk Stout will be the first one, if I can persuade Mr Seg

post #8 of 29

Well, the liquor stores where I've dropped the most money on craft beers are:

Vail - West Vail Liquor Mart at 2151 No. Frontage Road

Aspen - Grog Shop at 710 E. Durant

 

Restaurants with good craft beers are far too numerous to list.

post #9 of 29
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Danger! Danger! Danger!

 

That would be good, but I think there are issues with balancing the gas mix that I'm not too sure about ... Think I'll stick with something brewed to go on nitro, would hate to mess up a Ten Fidy.  Left Hand Milk Stout will be the first one, if I can persuade Mr Seg

hmm, wise......  You are most likely correct.  I forgot you were on nitro.  BUT YOU HAVE TO GET THE MILK STOUT....  :)   

post #10 of 29

If you are driving from DIA, you would be hard pressed to find a better place to stock up for the week than Applejack Wine & Spirits at Ext 264 on I-70.

post #11 of 29

The Dillon Dam Brewery will fill growlers, and has some pretty tasty beers, as does Tommyknockers in Idaho Springs. Either one are right off I-70, if you're coming from DIA, enroute to Vail.

 

Another one of my favs is the Yard House (Lakewood). Something like 100 beers on tap, and pretty interesting menu. The Lakewood location is also right off I-70, but I don't think they do take-out for beers. Breckenridge Brewery & Pub might be worth checking out too, it it's not too far out of your way. 

 

My back porch in Georgetown is one of my favorites; serving a variety of local IPA's, and delicious smoked/grilled critters year 'round, with a stunning view of backed-up traffic on I-70. Limited parking, and the owner is kind of a jerk.:D

post #12 of 29

The Dillon Dam can be fun, because it is always packed, but there is nothing special about their beer.

(Like I said, there seems to be a brewery on every corner these days).

One I do like very much, for the food more than the beer, is Gore Range Brewery in Edwards - excellent!

post #13 of 29

If your passing through Colorado Springs (Not Sure if your driving or flying) then Phantom Canyon Brewery is pretty awesome. If your into spirits at all the Breckenridge Distillery tasting room is pretty awesome. There bourbon is very good, as well as their vodka and they recently started experimenting with rum.

post #14 of 29

This is a dangerous thread.

It gives me the urge to head out to a liqour store and pick up some suds!

post #15 of 29
In Edwards there is the Crazy mountain brewery's tap room, definitely check it out and order the hop fries or pork nachos from their on site food truck.

Over in Eagle there is the Bonfire Brewery tap room which is awesome. They have a bunch of different types of beer on tap and do growler fills.

New in Eagle is 7hermits. I haven't tried them out yet

These are all in the vail valley

Over near aspen you also have the aspen brewing company and the glen wood canyon brewery
post #16 of 29

The real challenge is going to Colorado and finding bad beer.  It's all good there.

post #17 of 29
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If you are driving from DIA, you would be hard pressed to find a better place to stock up for the week than Applejack Wine & Spirits at Ext 264 on I-70.

 

Agree,  If they had a dispensary nearby it would be one stop.

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This is a dangerous thread.

It gives me the urge to head out to a liqour store and pick up some suds!

 

I had to go get a 4 pack of Ten Fidy for $14.99.  But as consolation,  they were unloading cases of KCCO Black Lager for $12.99

post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by Blue Streak View Post
 

If you are driving from DIA, you would be hard pressed to find a better place to stock up for the week than Applejack Wine & Spirits at Ext 264 on I-70.

 

Applejack's consistently has the best prices and selection of beer, wine and liquor around.

 

Add Tommyknocker in Idaho Springs to the long list already mentioned.

 

Make sure you get a t-shirt from Beaver Liquors in Avon too.  :rolleyes

post #19 of 29
Thread Starter 

I've bought plenty of booze at Beaver Liquors over the years, this is far from our first trip to the area, but the first in the last few years since I've been getting more seriously into craft beer, and particularly dark beer.

 

I remember Zane's Tavern in Aspen, great place, we were just reminiscing about it over dinner this evening.

 

Sounds like some new places springing up that I'll have to check out.

 

Some great bar and beer recommendations, that Ten Fidy is right up my alley!

 

Keep it coming everyone!

post #20 of 29

The keg cooler at O'Dell's.

The thread was just too much; we had to score a keg, after some serious tasting, of course.
post #21 of 29

Odell releases a seasonal in the winter called "Lugene's Chocolate Mild Stout" and it's really good: really creamy, a little bit sweet, and definitely a big stout.  Lugene is a personal friend of mine, and I while I love this stout, I love Lugene even more.  He has a heart of gold to go with his dairy full of heifers.

 

post #22 of 29


Rudi always liked a few after a big ride.
post #23 of 29
Thread Starter 

So I've been compiling my 'wish list' based on this page, some great beers here...

 

http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2014/05/100-craft-beers-you-have-to-drink.html?a=1

 

Is anyone on Untappd?  I am -

 

https://untappd.com/user/Mx

post #24 of 29
This thread must stop. Every time it pops up I end heading to the store to refresh my supply.
post #25 of 29
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This thread must stop. Every time it pops up I end heading to the store to refresh my supply.

Get some for Charlie too.
post #26 of 29

Tommy Knockers in Idaho Springs. Grab some Tundra Berry on the way back from the slopes!

post #27 of 29

IMHO the best Colorado made beer is Claymore's Scotch Ale by the Great Divide Brewery.  It is bottled and can be found in liquor stores and a few bars.


Edited by mudfoot - 1/29/15 at 5:08pm
post #28 of 29
Thread Starter 

So this is what I drank... in order of consumption, from most recent -

 

Golden Road - Get Up Offa That Brown (at LA Airport, not much choice)

Denver Beer Co - Incredible Pedal IPA

Great Divide Titan IPA

Stone Coffee Milk Stout

River North Barrel Aged Avarice

High Hops The Dark One

Boulevard Brewing Long Strange Tripel

Aspen Brewing 10th Mountain Imperial Stout

Aspen Brewing Pyramid Peak Porter

New Belgium Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout (Lips of Faith)

Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey

Bonfire Demschitz Brown Ale

Left Hand Sawtooth Nitro

Oskar Blues Ten FIDY

Breckenridge 25 Years Strong

Breckenridge Golden Homer

Left Hand Milk Stout

Sierra Nevada Start House Session Ale

Left Hand Black Jack Porter

Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Tripel

Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale

Gore Range Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter

Bull & Bush Man Beer

Telluride Face Down Brown

Gore Range Fly Fisher Red Ale

Gore Range GRB Lager

Goose Island IPA

ODell Cutthroat Porter

Avery The Reverend

New Belgium Porch Swing

Breckenridge Mountain Series Hoppy Amber Ale

Deschutes Inversion IPA

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter

Odell 90 Shilling

Avery The Czar

Left Hand Wake Up Dead

Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

St Bernardus Christmas Ale

River North Quandary

Firestone Walker Velvet Mocha Merlin

Russian River Pliny the Elder

 

 

Whew!  Time to dry out a bit!

post #29 of 29
Sounds like a good day.
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