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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
303 Main Street
phone: (303) 823-6685
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Ascending the stairs just inside the door, I was struck by the decor, especially the psychedelic steps painted with various admonishments on the front of each step. At the top of the stairs was the maitre d' station, slightly off to the immediate left. Off to the right were a gift shop where they even sold coveralls (!) as well as the lavatories. Continuing aft was the restaurant area with the same gaudy, psychedelic color scheme. They had a short, sandstone bar offering their beers. All of the way aft, they had an outdoor second-floor deck. Downstairs, headed left from the entry, was a separate bar and game room with two pool tables, a pinball machine, its own set of lavatories, and a patio deck accessible from the ground floor. The decor was supposed to be evocative of New Orleans, but it reminded me of S.F. You say tomato ... I was given a patch for my jacket by our waitress as we sat to to a sampler of their beers. Nice.
02-06-2008 10:44:33 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Oskar Blues Grill is in downtown Lyons on Main Street. Parking is fairly abundant in the surrounding lots.
The interior is split into an upstairs and downstairs. I only glanced downstairs but it looks like a bar and music venue, whereas the upstairs is more of a "sit-down" restaurant with a smaller bar. After walking past a small gift shop and up a few stairs, the space has a good sized table seating area on the left and a small bar on the right. There is an eclectic array of decor, including artwork, license plates, portraits, etc with a rustic and worn-in smokehouse flavor underneath it all. The available brews are listed on a board behind the bar.
As for the beers, there is a pretty good array (9 taps), and a sampler is available for $1/beer. On top of a few of the regular OB brews like Old Chub and Dale's, there were several on tap I had not seen before, from Leroy and Short Bus to Priscilla Wheat and Viking Malt Liquor. All of the beers were above average. One minor disappointment was no Ten Fidy, but the servers were able to suggest a couple places to look for cans.
Speaking of service, it was good on our visit. Our server was punctual and brought samples of everything, going past what was allotted on the tray.
The food at Oskar Blues is pretty good. We both had barbecue (ribs, pulled pork) and were satisfied.
Overall this place is well worth the drive from Denver to visit.
08-18-2010 19:29:11 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
On my most recent visit to the CO, stopped by here on my way up to the mountains. I walked upstairs to the bar area and picked out a high top with my buddy. There wasnt really anything going on up there; pretty dead. It was about 2 on a Friday afternoon. The downstairs area seemed like the place to be. There was a band down there and plenty of people at the bar.
The food was okay. I had the BBQ pork sandwich. It was alright; it was a little too fatty for my liking. Also had some hot wings and they were on the fat side as well. Being from the south, I guess I take my BBQ for granted.
About 6 beers on tap. The Mamas pilsner was on tap as well as Dales, Old Chub, and Gordons. They had some others from Left Hand and elsewhere.
Overall, it was an okay experience. I am not sure I will go back. The only reason would be for fresh beer but I have never had problems with their beers in a can.
08-11-2007 19:31:16 |
More by SaCkErZ9
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I stopped her on Sunday after the Great American Beer Festival and on our way out of town (via Lefthand in Longmont).
Oskar Blue's was not on my original trip itinerary but after drinking their tasty Dale's Pale Ale in a can, I felt obligated to visit its birthplace. We arrived around 3:00 on a Sunday afternoon. The band was just starting to play in the lower level so we opted for the upstairs bar for a view of the games on TV and a little more peace and quiet.
I had the IPA and Ten Fiddy (imperial stout). Both were excellent examples of what a fine hand-crafted beer should taste like. My wife went with the Pale Ale which she enjoyed. We ordered cajun - redbeans and rice and shrimp creole. The food was pretty good but I have very high standards for my cajun/creole fare.
Overall, the strip mall location is a bit run down and dirty but I think that plays well with the theme of being a local blues bar. On a nice day, it would be fine to sit on the upstairs patio and take in the mountain view.
I'm glad I spent my money at Oskar Blues and you should to!
10-15-2007 19:48:09 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Now this was truly an experience, one of which was one across a broader scope than beer. Place was easy to find, which stuck out like a sore thumb in this little town. Considering its remoteness, I pondered on what explorers thought as they passed across the topographic landscape for visual enlightenment, and they this was truly the Chimney Rock for my manifest destiny.
Sat down and was waited on. Ordered a buffalo burger and fries, and while waiting had a variation of a porter which to this day I'm unsure was ever bottled. Then naturally had to have a Ten Fidy on draft. The food came and wow. I remember I had the Sante Fe version, and the sandwich was so thick I could barely get my mouth around it. When I finished, I had wished I wore a bib because guacamole was everywhere. Went down to the basement and found a whole bar, which was virtually a blues club. A band was to play that night but I didn't stick around. There even was an arcade there in case some little Schroeder was tempermental to bid his time.
As good as Avery was as a brewpub experience and brewery, this was as good as the broad micro-Applebys experience. And when I say good in both instances, I say great. If you want good beer and good food... and have a family for that matter (with a designated driver) this is the premier choice I have seen. PERFECT SCORE.
01-08-2011 21:45:04 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Visited 4/27/09, reviewed from notes, stopped here after doing the Estes Park drive and seeing the Rocky Mountains, located in a shopping center in the super small mountain town Lyons, atompshere was super cool with two stories, bar area with pool tables and classic arcade games on the bottom and food up top, waitress was not very friendly which was uncommon in Colorado but not a very big deal, they had seven beers on tap while we were there and they were Gordon, Mama's Little Pils, Old Chub, Dale's, Dopplebock, Leroy brown ale, and Velvet Elvis stout, ran out of their Whiskey Aged Smoke on the Water the day before but was not worried about it after they said their brewery had at least one barrel aged beer on tap, and we were going there next, sat on top and ate lunch, the SILO burger was so good, pulled pork, bacon, pepperjack cheese, and hot sauce on a burger, never heard of something like that before but is was amazing, sweet potato fries were great as well, will be going back here in the future, total bill after two beers was only thirty dollars, pretty good deal, fun place that was not like I was expecting but turned out for the better in that regard, hope to see a musical performance with dinner next time I make it out there
05-07-2009 04:18:34 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
My wife and I visited this location on our way back from Rocky Mountain National Park.
The atmosphere in the bar area downstairs is very hole in the wall with a bar, some seating for bands, a pool table, and an arcade. I didn't go upstairs to see what exactly was up there. The bartender was very nice and answered some of my questions about Oskar Blues beers.
I was able to try some beers on tap that are not found in CA (tap only and limited brews). The beers were of very good quality but they only had about 8 beers on tap from what I could tell.
My wife and I were able to enjoy some pints and play a game of pool which was pretty fun.
Overall, this is a low key place to stop and get some Oskar Blues beers in a hole in the wall feeling place.
06-15-2011 05:51:40 |
More by UCLABrewN84
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
After a spectacular day in Rocky Mountain National Park, a disappointing stop at Estes Park Brewery and a warm up visit to Left Hand Brewery, I was looking forward to dinner at Oskar Blues for some of my favorite Colorado beers on tap. Very busy on a Saturday night, I waited with friends for a table with a draft of Deviant Dale's (aka Double D), which was excellent and DD has found an occasional home in my beer fridge whenever I go on a beer run to Hudson, WI.
When we got a table, the band upstairs was playing so loud that I put in ear plugs and could hear the discussion better. Absolutely miserable, worse even than our Cask Republic. After appetizers, we asked to be moved and they kindly put us outside on the patio and our night improved immensely. When I mentioned the ear splitting noise to a waiter, the response was "that's Oskar Blues," as if it was self evident.
The rest of my beers on the night were Oskar Blues standards except Renegade Ryeteous IPA, which was good but didn't have as much hop and rye twang as I had hoped. Food was good too, especially the fried pickles with hot sauce. Overall, Oskar Blues was a good beer experience and I'm happy to have added them to my list. I appreciate their pioneering efforts at canning craft beer and now understand somewhat the Oskar Blues attitude that enabled them to be to be leaders. However, I wish I had known of the raucous nature of the bar and visited earlier in the day for a more comfortable time.
PIctues at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/07/oskar-blues-grill-brew-longmount-co.html
08-13-2013 21:18:43 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited Sunday, August 1 ~ 6:00-7:30-ish
Although I sorta knew where Lyons was (midway along our trek from Denver to Estes Park and the gorgeous/rain-soaked Rocky Mountain NP), I hadn't considered Oskar Blues...until two different people gave strong reports at Great Divide the previous day. We bypassed it on the way up, but made a point of hitting OB on the return.
Fresh from the thrill of driving above the two-mile-high timberline and spotting four huge elk grazing roadside just outside the quaint town, we warily steered into a full parking lot - whew, there's a spot! Big crowds, including many families, filled both floors on a Sunday evening; it was a crazy mix of leather-clad bikers on the balcony, birthday-celebrating kids at an adjacent table, locals and visitors, young and old. We grabbed one of few vacant tables in the main room, beneath the word 'BUCK' (part of a huge OB-themed 'crossword' splayed across the ceiling tiles). The room is decorated with a 'folk art' funkiness, portraits (for sale) of rock/blues legends, old license plates, signed photos everywhere, Telluride Blues Fest memorabilia and the like. A bit to polished and family-friendly to be considered 'divey' (although the downstairs bar pool hall/stage/vintage video game arcade would qualify).
Mere seconds after we sat, the lovely/talented 'Daisy' (real name? Hmmm) dropped off menus and took beer orders. I've had my share Oskar Blues' brews - several rank among my favorites from any US brewery - but the 9-beer sampler for $9 was too good a deal to pass up. It gave me a chance to try a couple new ones (a fine smoked porter, a seasonal wheat ale and an imperial brown); it also was fun to give my brother and dad the chance to try some new styles and for my wife to expand beyond her own favorites. Beers came in 4 oz. pours: Dale's Pale, Mama's Little Yella, Old Chub, One Nut Brown, Gubna, Gordon, Priscilla, and the porter and imperial brown. All good-to-great, all fresh. S downed her favorites, Old Chub and One Nut [insert laugh track here] AND stole my half-finished Dale's; K drained the MLY Pils and Priscilla, then took my porter after declaring its smokiness 'cool'; dad had no choice but to polish off (rather quickly!) the beer that shares his name: Gordon. And I got maybe a sip of each and what was left (including the Gubna - which I'd tried twice before and hadn't liked BEFORE this time...others said it tasted like 'body odor'!).
Food seemed to have a 'southern' slant, just like the music and decor. I chowed down on country-fried steak and lumpy mashed potatoes, dad had some pulled pork and sweet potato fries, K noshed on a basic cheeseburger and S was probably the winner with her brisket burger. We tried some apps, too: sliced/fried mozzarella and crisp fried grits. All pretty tasty, all filling, all well-priced. With tax & tip, everything still came to around $75.
On the way out, we paused briefly to hear a little of the dulcet tones of bluegrassers 'Truckstop Honeymoon' (great name!), then it was back in the car. Good times, fun place and definitely worth a return.
08-03-2010 00:55:31 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A mid-sized group of beer lovers took a detour from Left Hand to Avery via Oskar Blues and we were damn glad we did.
Oskar Blues is easy to find off of the main road in Lyons, the parking is barely adequate as the lot is shared with many other businesses. Upon entering there is a choice of going downstairs or upstairs we head up and sat near the bar. First thing I did was check the taps. Yep, Ten Fiddy was on as was Gordon as well as a Barrel-Aged Gordon plus other goodies and Bud (?). Ten Fiddy was great and so was the Barrel-Aged Gordon. But we all knew that going in. ;-) While there wasnt many taps there was great quality and a good enough range.
The atmosphere is bar-ish with a good helping of Cajun restaurant and jazz/blues hall. The mix is good. There was nothing overly special about the atmosphere but that is fine, it was merely a down-to-earth brewpub. I liked it. I found it laidback and friendly.
Our waitress was pleasant and attentive, nothing above and beyond but, again, that is fine.
The menu was heavy on Cajun food with pizza and burgers mixed it. The highlight of the menu was the just one rib appetizer with full Im Gonna Get You Sucka reference! The rib was tasty, BTW. As was my blue cheese and ground beef pizza. Everybody liked the food.
Prices seemed good across the board.
IMO, this is one of the top 5 brewpubs Ive been to; Free State, Town Hall, Great Dane, and Thunderhead all make the cut along with Oskar Blues. Each place has world class beer, good if not great food served in an atmosphere that is not stuffy or too restaurant-ish.
Next time I am in CO I am going to Lyons no matter what. Highly Recommended.
10-17-2007 21:27:20 |
More by bditty187
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