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The Colorado brewery scene is one with its ups and downs, ebbs and flows. Some breweries see their star shine brightly, then quickly fizzle out and shut their doors nearly as soon as they opened. Others, like Crow Hop Brewing in Loveland, CO, find increased success year after year and eventually need to move locations to accommodate the greater fanfare.
Downtown Loveland is currently home to three breweries (soon to be four) which are well-established in the community and gaining notoriety among the always crowded Colorado craft scene. Loveland Aleworks has been in their current residence, for a long while, and Verboten had a recent change when they moved to their current location on 5th Street. Crow Hop Brewing, the third of the trifecta, called 3rd Street their home since their opening in 2015. That all changed last week, when the team closed shop on 3rd and moved one block north to the east side of 4th Street in Downtown Loveland. Prior to their grand reopening in early June, Crow Hop has put on a few soft open events for their loyal patrons, and Thursday was the first soft open for folks outside of Crow Hops staff and immediate family, and the event did not disappoint.
Surly Brewing started in a small retail park in Brooklyn Center, MN. After experiencing sustained growth in sales, the brewery expanded to its massive Prospect Park location that now houses a beer hall and shoulders the brunt of its growing, multi-state distribution responsibilities. And while they do offer some unique one-off beers served exclusively at the beer hall, the older Brooklyn Center location gives them even more space to experiment. The culmination of this brewing flexibility is its new BC Small Batch series.
Hope everyone is ready for some smoking good beers…get it?! Cause it’s 4/20? Yeah, I don’t care either. What I do care about is some of the tasty brews that are starting to peek out before spring weather greets us all – Saisons, IPA, and fruited beers! In case you aren’t in a place that is hitting 60+ degrees Fahrenheit, crack that heater, put on a pair of shorts, crack a cold one and see What We’re Drinking.
Atom Brewing Co. | Arlo Farmhouse Inspired Ale – Batch One
ABV: 6.5% | IBU: 21 Bottle: 750ML corked and caged
Atom Brewing Company (Erie, CO) started brewing beers …
After a 4 year hiatus Small Batch Festival returned to Fort Collins, and as the saying goes “it was just like riding a bicycle.” Entering the festival one fun perk that stood out was that bicycles were welcomed to a VIP parking in the main parking lot and those that drove had to park up top in the upper lot. Walking through the ticketing line was a breeze and the atmosphere as you entered the main bar was jovial.
Style: IPA – Imperial/Double | ABV: 8.5% | IBUs: N/A
An 8% hop bomb; Hoppa Road is brewed with over two and a half pounds of Citra Hops per barrel. This makes for a big juicy, lupulicious brew.
Bootstrap Brewing is nestled in downtown Niwot (Boulder County), diligently brewing their award winning, fresh, delicious, craft beer, which they supply to some of the best restaurants and liquor stores along the Front Range. Stop in to their tasting room and enjoy a flight, pint or growler to go. Or, pick up a case of their flagship Insane Rush IPA and take it on the road with you. On many days they offer live music and fun activities, which can be found on their website calendar.
Their goal is simple – they want to make really great beer and have a lot of fun. They also love to rock out, and their beer enjoys the best classic rock 24 hours a day, which is why it’s so happy and delicious! They even have music pairings with their beer?!
4 Noses Brewing Company’s mission is to be a socially responsible brewery of extraordinary passion and creativity, constantly crafting unique and classic styles. Hosted in their comfortable yet elegant tap room, they strive to serve only the freshest ales and lagers, in addition to their constantly changing barrel-aged beers.
4 Noses taproom is mad gorgeous. Their ales and lagers embody creativity and passion for brewing. While most would implore you not to take their word for it and to explore on your own; we wholeheartedly want you to take our word for it (because we won’t steer you wrong) AND to visit their taproom at your earliest convenience. You will not be bummed. We promise.