Crooked Stave Brewery and Taproom
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4.36/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
This review is for the taproom at The Source.
I didn't spend any time anywhere else in The Source, but I must say that there were some cool-looking shops and they've really created a nice space.
Especially having Crooked Stave there.
Aside from the fact that I was unable to sample any beer before ordering it---you must pay for samples---I really enjoyed Crooked Stave.
For $12, I was able to sample almost all of the beers on tap and found all to be splendid. It's been a while since my visit, so I can't go into too many specifics about each, but I do remember the Origins beer being a standout. The beer had a great tart-and-sweet combination and was smooth as silk. All of the other, more regular, offerings were good with the Vielle being my favorite. I picked up a bottle of this and Origins for $19 to take home. .
I discovered during my quick visit that there are two columns of what are essentially the same beer---Vielle, for example---brewed with different hops or other recipe changes. As a serial beer taster, I'd have loved to try them all but it would have cost me a small fortune.
If you're rich, try them all. If not, I suggest the Vielle and the Origins.
As for the service, the one gal behind the bar was polite, prompt and responsive and demonstrated a good knowledge of the CS beers.
I'd love to return and spend more time getting to know their beers.
11-26-2013 23:27:27 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.02/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$
I was really looking forward to trying this place out when I got to Denver.
Made the walk over from around Coors field, and was immediately disappointed when I got in the door of The Source. This place was way too hipster for me. Seriously, a sign over the door that says "brewery"? Not even the name.... lame.
Sat at the bar and saw that they only had five beers on tap, two of which were different versions of Surette. Again, a little disappointed. Especially as they have about twenty tap handles, I was hoping they'd have a few more/other selections on.
Server was very nice, decided to have a sample of everything they had. Beer was very good, better on tap for the most part than the couple bottles I had in the past. However, at $2-4 for a 3 oz sample, it is not inexpensive.
On the whole, I enjoyed my one trip there, but wouldn't hurry back unless thy had something special on tap.
11-23-2013 15:20:46 | More by thebigredone
4.26/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
A-This is a tough category to score...the place is tucked away in a small industrial park in northern Denver. It is not terribly inviting from the outside. The tasting room inside is just that, a room, with five lacquered particle board tables and maybe ten barstools at the lacquered particle board bar. Nothing fancy, but it really works because the place is about the beer and not much else, which is refreshing.
Q-I have yet to taste a beer from Crooked Stave that I didn't like. Some are better than others, and you have like to wilds/sours/funkiness, but the beers are all varying degrees of impressive.
Ser-The server was friendly, talkative, and quite knowledgeable about the beers he was pouring. He also poured beers with precision. He sometimes got a little distracted, but he got away with it because on the day I visited, a rainy Sunday afternoon, the place was not terribly crowded.
Sel-If there is a downside to Crooked Stave, it is the lack of variety. The place has six taps and all are Crooked Stave brews, which means they all are some form of sour/wild ale. As I said above, this isn't necessarily a bad thing because the brews are good, but if you don't like sour/brett you're outta luck.
V-The prices at the tasting room are no higher or lower than bottles in distribution around Denver, which is to say that the beer is slightly expensive. Bottles, samples, and tap pours are similarly-priced with all 300-ish ml pours being $5 bucks on the day I visited and half-pour samples (maybe 175 ml) being $3.
O-If you like sour, Crooked Stave is a must-visit. They are moving to a new space in the next month or so, so I guess this review has limited value, but according to the server, not much will change with regard to beer or personnel, which is good.
09-16-2013 01:37:05 | More by spoony
3.93/5 rDev -10.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25 | $$
Crooked Stave is about to move in to a new building, but I will review their first building.
I have visited CS many times, and the bartender once laughed at an article that portrayed CS as enjoyable as going to the dentist office (as far as ambiance). This statement is totally true, but they can't afford anything better so you know it is not on purpose.
Their beer is top class for sours and saisons.
This is a place that you have to go to if you are in Denver; although I don't want a lot of people to know about it. Secret is out already though. Cheers
09-04-2013 19:45:16 | More by gueuzedreg
3.58/5 rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
A hidden gem of Colorado. I absolutely loved their beer. I did find it a bit pricey; half pours were 3 bucks for probably 4 oz or so. I still think it was worth it and was surprised that there were only a few others in there. The employees were very nice and welcoming. I also loved how they had on tap two of relatively the same beer but dry hopped with different hops. They are very experimental with what they do. I urge anyone around the denver area to try Crooked Stave and bring home whatever they have bottled up.
08-22-2013 04:27:11 | More by Kenzie
4.42/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
neat spot way up north, soon to move down to the blake street region if I am not mistaken. you would miss it if you didn't know it was there, tucked into the back of a little industrial park type lot, with just one little wood barrel out front to indicate the spot. tiny inside, a bar that seats maybe 8, and a few small tables. lots of space in the back, where the barrels and tanks are. handful of beers on tap, always changing, and some bottles for purchase as well. the beer here is the best in Denver, if you like sours and wilds, and you dony mind paying 7 bucks for 10 ounces of this stuff. just incredibly high quality stuff coming out of crooked stave right now, and its cool just to be here amongst it all. cool cast of characters in the known hanging around as well. good service when its not too busy, but its easily overwhelmed, a problem likely to be aided by the move. I don't get up here as often as id like, but I am always glad when I do. one of the best kept secrets around, but the cat is out of the bag at this point. go on a weekday.
edit: the new spot is dope! the source is a rad little set up, and the crooked stave portion is absolutely worth checking out. will have plenty of good times here in the future!
08-11-2013 13:40:30 | More by StonedTrippin
4.62/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I loved my trip to Crooked Stave. I was only in Denver for a short time and it was close to unanimous from local BAs that Crooked Stave was the place to go if you could only go to one of the many great breweries in the Denver area. After trying their beers and thinking most of them were great, I was surprised at how slow it was in the tasting room on a Saturday night. From my tourist perspective, it did not seem like the brewery was in the best Denver neighborhood, but like a lot of small breweries it was located in an industrial park with plenty of parking, which is great for someone new to the area. The tasting room had a typical set up with a small L-shaped bar and about three or four tables. I would think it would get pretty crowded, when they get busy. Both of the guys working the bar when we were there were great! They were very friendly and when we told them we were from Austin, we started sharing stories about the Austin beer and live music scenes. My only complaint was they didn't offer more variety. They had six beers on tap and three beers for sale in bottles. I wished I could have tried more of their stuff, because everything I had was good to great. I highly recommend stopping in here for any BAs visiting the Denver area.
08-10-2013 23:47:51 | More by JamLand
4.33/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
A: The place is tiny, bar capacity is probably less than 25 ppl. Which gives it a very welcoming feel. You could see in the back they had an enormous amount of space allocated to large barrels for aging their beer. Also I have to give them props for playing Primus the whole time we were there.
Q: I had only one beer (nightmare on brett) and tasted another (st. bretta), so I can't give a 100% accurate score for this section. But from what I can tell their average beer is above a 4.
S: At first I was thinking that the bar tenders were a little pretentious, because they didn't say much and just kinda stood there drinking. But then as we were leaving on of the bar tenders went outside to have something to eat from the food cart, and he turned out to be a sweet dude. Had a long conversation about craft brewing and places to go around Denver for both food and beer.
S: Considering they are a small brewery 6 taps isn't that bad, but still isn't the selection you want. Also the actual section for beer style was kinda limited. I know they are specialists but they still had half their taps taken up by saisons.
07-28-2013 18:01:45 | More by minterro
4.07/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Visited 6/23/2013, 1:30-4:00pm
It's tough to review a place knowing that it will be closing in a few weeks (moving to bigger/better digs), but here goes...
After brunch and a stop at Prost (fairly close by - and the place where CS currently brews many of their beers), we ventured to a seemingly off-the beaten-path stretch of 46th to an unassuming business park, where Crooked Stave occupies Unit #19. Just a small sign, an aged barrel, and a bucket with slapped-on stickers mark the space. Inside is a cozy taproom: bar with 10 stools, a small counter on the opposite wall, 3 tables, a column with stickers/schwag from dozens of breweries and fluorescent lighting - very unassuming for a well-renowned brewery... or any other business. A couple of chalkboards (with nicely rendered artwork!) hang behind the taps, noting which taps (6 on this day) are available and which bottles can be purchased to go.
A window in the door near the restroom allows a glimpse into the barrel room with it's racks and several massive foeders - would have liked to have seen the space/taken a brief tour. Oh well...
Ben was our bartender and, after an hour or so, our friend... chatting about all sorts of stuff from beer to food to places we've traveled and so on... we shared a connection to Chicago, New Orleans and our hometown, Portland, all of which made for good conversation. Eventually we chatted up others at the bar - mostly locals - who gave good recommendations on other places to visit during our short time in Denver.
As mentioned, six beers were on tap this Sunday: 2 Vieilles (one with Citra hops, another with NZ hop Motueka), 2 Hop Savants (one with Centennials & Simcoes, another with '462' experimental hops), Surette Saison and Summer St. Bretta (w/ blood oranges). A 'burgundy sour' called Musty Cedar Box was due to be tapped "soon"... but we couldn't convince Ben to tap it while we were there! Bottles of all six beers were available for $7 each in 375ml format (we bought 5 bottles to take home: 2 Vieille Motueka; 2 St. Bretta and a Hop Savant Centennial/Simcoe).
No food, no TVs, no frills ~ just terrific beer and good company. I'm very glad we visited and we both wish Crooked Stave much continued success as they expand - and hope to see more of their beer here in Oregon ASAP!
06-27-2013 16:50:26 | More by msubulldog25
5/5 rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
The building this is in looks like a storage locker facility. We found the address ok but once inside the parking lot we were sure we were in the wrong spot. Keep searching for Unit 19. Once you find it there is an awesome little bar in there. 6 beers were on tap and every one of them was outstanding. Bartenders were awesome as well. You can even watch them hand wash each glass and closely inspect their work. Great beer and worth seeking out.
05-28-2013 16:37:24 | More by jlcts2
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Crooked Stave Brewery and Taproom in Denver, CO
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