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Estes Park Brewery
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
470 Prospect Village Dr.
phone: (800) 343-2736
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 1 | $$
The overall lineup was not awesome but the barleywine was quite impressive. I would return if they get better food! Maybe it is an enditement of the food industry as a whole i dont know. Every restaurant needs to try just a bit harder, because you cannot get a good bite to eat in all of estes park colorado and it is a low down dirty shame.
06-14-2013 20:06:50 |
More by Leazk
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
A: big fat guy statue out front that was holding a camera and seemed to beckon to everyone to take your picture with him, after that you walk in and all of the beer paraphernalia was down stairs along with a small bar area to sample whatever beers you wanted. there were some free samples and you could buy a four sample glass flight for .50 a sample glass. The whole eatery part is up stairs. A small bar area with not just a decent amount of their beers on tap up stairs, but other liquors to keep the locals well watered. A fairly large amount of tables graced the dining area and about three to four pool tables off to the sides.
Q: the beers I had were good for their styles, a Staggering Elk (AAL) and a Renegade (AIPA)
S: not that crowded, but still got good fairly quick service that brought all of our drinks, and food in a pretty reasonable time, very efficient
S: the food selection was more than adequate as there was a fair amount of different pub fare, pizza, salads, soup, and lighter sandwiches
F: I had a chili burger and when I got it, my eyes glazed over and thought oh wow, this looks awesome. Though I had to eat it with a fork, I didn't mind, it made the experience all the better
V: not much to say other than it seemed reasonable, I'd go there again. I picked up a mix pack of their bottles for $8.60, so I'm impressed, however, most of the time, I'm not that hard to impress
06-13-2013 03:45:10 |
More by kangarooAdam59
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3 | $
I've had several people recommend Estes Park Brewery to me over the years. Unfortunately, our string of great Colorado breweries came to an end here.
Of the samples we tried, the Trail Ridge Red and the Renegade IPA were perfectly passable beers. The rest were below par. One of the best tasting brews was a combination of porter with the raspberry wheat, never a good sign when mixing beer is an improvement.
Because of my earlier recommendations, we waited past lunch time to eat at Estes Park while spening the bulk of the day driving around Rocky Mountain National Park; my patience and hunger were only adequately satisfied by a cheese pizza. Disappointing but fine. On this Saturday afternoon, the place is lively and full of locals. Seemed like a fun place to come with a group of people. If I found myself in Estes Park for the scenery or other reason unrelated to beer, I wouldn't fight going back to Estes Park Brewery. However, I definitely won't go out of my way for it, again.
Picture at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/05/estes-park-brewery-estes-park-co.html
05-29-2013 03:34:27 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Just outside of downtown this brewery is a combo pizza/bar/tasting room/merchandise shop. The downstairs is where you can buy T-shirts, etc and then step up to the counter in back and grab some samples. They also sell individual bottles and six packs. On the other side of the wall is the brewing facility.
Upstairs is quite open and finding a place to sit was very easy, although it wasn't ski season per se. Pool tables and an outside deck are extras.
Service was ok; English isn't the first language of several servers which made it a tad hard to converse about the beer. No worries.
Beer selection was decent, about 10 on tap....I think. All of them theirs. Food was decent, but the better stuff is the pizza rather than sammiches or entrees.
A nice place to hit
03-31-2012 17:36:25 |
More by Mebuzzard
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Coming out of RMNP, we had less time to make the trip back to west texas than the drive was going to take. Upon learning of a local brewery, however, we decided to delay our departure.
Walking in felt like another souvenir store, as the entrance opens into an overstuffed array of tshirt racks and hats and a little cooler holding their variety of beers in bottle. This little store was kind of dark, which contrasted with the restaurant upstairs.
The tasting bar is on the first floor, in the back of the gift shop next to the stairs to the restaurant. The beertender seemed kind of aloof and almost annoyed at first, but I think it might have been because of the people who were finishing up as we got there, because as soon as we got into our tasting and started talking to him, he was really nice, and seemed to have at least a decent level of knowledge about what he was serving us.
The stairs are open to look out over the brewery itself (as is a balcony with a long table in the restaurant, but it was occupied when we got there), which I really liked. Waiting for my compatriots to use the facilities (road trips with girls - am I right, fellas? and WHAT"S with airplane food?), I got to look out over the set up, which was kind of fun, even though there wasn't alot of activity on the sunday morning we were there.
The upstairs restaurant was sparsely attended when we were there, and, as such the staff were attentive and talked with us while we drank. I agree, however, with other reviewers who have seemed a little perplexed at exactly what ambiance they were going for. It had the alpine wooden thing going with an airy atmosphere, but also part with alot of glass and neon lights. Then I got lost in the arcade.
It was ok, don't regret going, but not necessarily worth going out of your way for.
08-29-2011 22:21:21 |
More by kemoarps
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$
The entry to the brewery places you in the very overstocked gift store. The saving grace was a sign pointing me past all of the merchandise to the tasting area. Beertenders there were slightly pushing about knowing which of their brews I would like. Tastings were of adequate size and served and explained well. They do have a raspberry wheat that is definitely worth the try, even if you are not a berry infused fan.
Upstairs the atmosphere was disappointing. There was no clear style: was it to be a casual beer hang out? Diner? Bar? Left me feeling like I was sitting in a really outdated restaurant that happened to have a good bar. Food and service was nothing more than the atmosphere.
I was glad that I stopped in to see the place and cross it off my map, but I won't make a point to go there again or recommend it to friends. Instead I'll use that time to hit the road to Ft Collins or Boulder!
06-13-2011 17:58:04 |
More by fltmedic
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5 | $$$
Others here have done a good job of describing the atmosphere(old & neglected). It reminded me of a hundred different bars spread throughout Rocky Mountain ski towns (was there one person designing these during the 90s). They know you're only there for a few days and then gone most likely to never to return, so they don't try very hard. That, and for most of the year they're empty.
I liked the idea of checking out the equipment from the balcony, however all the lights were out so I looked down on darkness.
Food was pricey and waaaay below par(ok, it was freezer to microwave to plate hell). Beer...not the best. $4.50 pints ($8.50 and you keep the glass). $9 sixers to go.
In a land of craft beer giants you have to try harder.
08-26-2010 06:36:57 |
More by beerbrains
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Estes park brewery beer isn't great. But they do have a couple good ones. Trail ridge red and the staggering elk organic lager are good. They have free samples on the first floor, and you can get a jug of beer filled for the road. The fermenters are well seen from dinning area. The food is ok, but way over priced. They do have pool, games, music box, and tvs around the dinning area. I've heard complants of watching sports games there tho. Its fun to go there every once and a while, but with out a big selection of good beer and expensive food its not my top pick by far.
06-13-2010 02:20:26 |
More by mytireisfat
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $
We were up in the mountains doing the tourist thing and had to hit up the local brewery once we found out it was there. It was an awkward walk to the big wood building with a true western sign hanging at a tilt that said brewery. The entrance is a shop with loads of cool beer and brewery stuff. Also, there is a counter for free samples. They are so tiny it is hard to get a taste for it but its a nice gesture. The dining area is up stairs and to get there you walk past a big opening that looks over the brewing equipment. Great sight and it really sets the mood. However, once the beers finally got to me I was a little let down. Good effort and great presentation but its a little rough. Light bodied beer with little to no personality. It was all drinkable but I'm not planning a return anytime soon.
03-09-2010 15:34:40 |
More by manahansf
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 1 | $$
I don't normally frequent tourist towns nor expect much from them. Because of this, I entered this establishment with low expectations. However, my expectations were still too high.
My five companions and myself entered here one rainy afternoon. Though the interior looked rough, we've all seen worse, and besides, we were here to drink and eat -- not re-decorate the place. One (un-named) companion and I tried out the free tasting bar and declared the Red (him) and the IPA (me) drinkable. Unbeknownst to us, that was to be the highlight of the day.
Walking upstairs to the dingy, tacky main dining/bar area looked no better than down below. "We're here to drink and eat" mantra repeated, less convincingly. We order our beers and our food reasonably promptly, and get fairly speedy delivery.
It was all downhill from there: The Red Ale, the best of the bunch, was no better than midpack; The "award winning" IPA, on more critical tasting was simply lacking an IPA's hop and body; the Hefeweizen was overbearing in the banana-y bubblegum (amyl acetate?) tones; and one of our crew tried the Lager -- he returned it. Enough said.
Though we be mostly gourmands, one thing we found worse than the beer was the food. The unlucky three that ordered pasta dishes received salads -- unruly chunks of iceberg with cores and some indifferent ice-cold sliced vegetables from some ready-made food service vendor, that you were given a pre-packaged little cup of dressing to pour over.
My baked pasta with marinara sauce had noodles that must have been cyclically frozen and thawed repeatedly to get that chewy yet flabby texture. And that baked faux-cheese topping had unctuousness without flavor. Though hungry, none of the three pasta eaters finished their meals -- from disgust, not quantity.
The other three opted for various types of burger platters and all complained of freezer burned patties. At least they managed to mostly finish their meals.
So, in a nutshell, the beer needs help; the food needs a lot of help.
08-25-2009 06:13:55 |
More by hjablohme
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