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Kannah Creek Brewing Company

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Kannah Creek Brewing CompanyKannah Creek Brewing Company
BA SCORE
88
very good

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 102
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: 7
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1960 N. 12 St
Grand Junction, Colorado, 81505
United States
phone: (970) 263-0111

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2005)
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3.84/5  rDev -4%

one of the only shows in town if you are out in grand junction, this place is a bit of an oasis. the vibe is alright, kind of set up like a diner, only everything is a little newer, maybe more like a friendly's or something, with probably 8 beers going. the pale ale and hefe were both average, but the food was excellent. I had a steak pizza that was really solid, and the waitress was nice and attentive (and sort of cute). perhaps a tad overpriced, I think we were out the door for 40 bucks only having a meal and two drinks, but the place is worth stopping in to, especially if you are going to eat. will heave to head back at some point when I can sample a few more of the beers, but we had a pleasant experience here overall.

StonedTrippin, Mar 23, 2013
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3.08/5  rDev -23%

We chose the place based on other Beer Advocate reviews but have to say, not impressed. Next trip to GJ, I'll try the Alehouse.

It was a Friday evening with great weather so the place was busy but we got an outside table right away. Problem was: the smoking section was right next to our table. There is an invisible "wall" that separates the smoking from non-smoking areas. So, if you are interested in actually tasting your brew, you might want to stay well away from the poorly marked smoking area. Ask your hostess.

Waitress was very good.

But beer selection was mediocre. Their special brew that week was nut brown ale that was so bland that I did not bother to get a full glass. The IPA was decent but not memorable. The Pale Ale was also decent; nice maltiness.

The high point may be their brick oven pizza. Tons of topping possibilities and a great crust. May be worth coming back for.

mastodonj, Jun 11, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

I've been to the brewpub many times before writing this review but decided to visit once more before I put my thoughts about the place on a review.

First of all, the service was excellent. I ordered the sampler flight of beer and it was presented with a guide and the server walked me through all of the selections giving me a layman version of the beers which even my father (whos is a major domestic drinker) could understand.

I wanted to get a special pizza as my son is a picky eater and she was very helpful with negotiating a pizza that would satisfy all at the table.

The beers were solid, they were out of their wheat beer but knowing the business as I do, I fond this completely understandable. All beers were correct to their style and none had any off flavors. The sampler glasses were nice and clean too.

The place is good enought that beer enthusiasts and people just looking for a good place to eat are both going to be satisfied.

cyrock1, Feb 19, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

drove over to Grand Junction from Fruita during a mountain bike weekend, aside from the great beer store just down the street, this seems to be the only thing worth visiting in the city

moved right through the nice, spacious interior to the patio since it was quite nice outside, the building is reminiscent of an alpine cabin, it's right on the street but a privacy fence provides an adequate barrier, pretty chill spot with just a few college students hanging out and a big grain silo with hop bines growing nearby

the selection was pretty solid - maybe 6 or 7 regulars at the time of my visit with a couple rotating seasonals, an ESB and maibock, both of which were really good, standard shaker pints ran somewhere under $4, and even less with a small happy hour discount that's available all week

went with the lasagna dinner - tasty, not overloaded with cheese, and big enough to provide leftovers, my coworker called the tri-tip sandwich bland but I can't vouch either way

service was helpful, quick, and friendly, samples provided without question

blackie, May 19, 2010
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3.3/5  rDev -17.5%

Grand Junction isn't a tourist destination. So, when stuck in town buying certain things you can't get up valley - a bridesmaid dress and comics, what a combination - there's not a lot of places you can go.

Junction is, as my girlfriend says, the capital of chain restaurants. Kannah Creek is a welcome sight to the rest of watered down margaritas, dime a dozen drafts of Mass-Produced Light and taco stands around.

True, when you walk in, you get a crazy whiff of a mixture of yeast, hops and spaghetti sauce. But on a warm spring day, the patio is jam packed with kids from Mesa State along with the energy of last night and relaxing Sunday chatter. The walls on the patio are a bit high, and block your attention from anything else but the people sitting around you, but you take what you can get down valley.

Beer wise, a good selection of microbrewed stuff. They just won a Gold from the WBC for their Lands End Amber - and it was good brew, if straight forward. Most of their other beers are similar: good stuff compared to a mass market brew, decent for Colorado beers, but taken in Western Slope context, delightful.

If you're stuck in Junction, take a gander.

thrawn208, May 04, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +7%

Swung by Kannah Creek during a geology field trip to Colorado and Utah. First off, the food was enjoyed by all in our group. The lasagna was excellent, immensely filling, and reasonably priced. Similar sentiments were felt by orderers of the pizza, calzones, and spaghetti. The waitress made us feel at home, and was prompt and attentive with our large group (12), refilling beers and waters quickly, joking with the guys, and easily separating the check with no complaint. Atmosphere is standard family-friendly brewpub status, but clean and pleasing to the eye. The outdoor patio was the perfect setting on a cool Colorado evening.

The beer at Kannah Creek is above-average, but nothing stellar for Colorado. The Black Bridge stout on nitro-tap was the best choice in my opinion, while the oak-aged IPA was decent. They also won a WBF Gold for their Amber (in the german Altbier category), but it didn't do much for me. The sips of Maibock and Pale Ale that I tried were tasty, however.

Definitely a place to stop for the beer geek stuck in Grand Junction. I'd choose this place over the nearby Ale House (Breckenridge BBQ subsidiary) for its food and great service, but not for atmosphere or beer selection.

wagenvolks, Apr 23, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

Da Boss and I are staying on top of the Grand Mesa for the week and we visited the brewpub on Tuesday Sept 23rd.

The atmosphere was OK,a bit spartan. They had trademark signs for their regular rotational beers displayed around the main room.
Quality and service was good,we had an attentive server who was friendly and unobtrusive. Quality of food and brew was solid.
Selection of food and brews was very good. I believe they had 8 of their beers on tap including a cask IPA and a seasonal Ocktoberfest.
Food was solid, Da Boss had a Calzone and i had a pesto based personal size pizza. Both were very tasty.
Overall value was good and reasonable, prices were very fair. I would recommend stopping here.

arizcards, Sep 23, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

I visited this brewpub three times while on vacation recently. Friendly and comfortable atmosphere with several TVs, beer related art, and a nice sized patio. The brew works are visible behind the bar. Clean restrooms and dining room.

The staff was very friendly and helpful especially as we tried to to purchase T-shirts. The beer was above average and the food was too. Salads were very fresh (no iceberg here!) and large. The veggie panini and waffle fries were very good. On later visits I had the pizza, also very good.

On my first visit they were out of the IPA, I had a APA and later the porter. On subsequent visits they did have the IPA, which was very good, and oh so fresh.

The patio was nice, it was covered and had heavy metal furniture. I spotted a trellis with three vines of hops growing up it at the edge of the patio. Unfortunately there were too many smokers outside which always reduces my enjoyment of beer and food.

Overall this establishment was top notch.

Cresant, Jul 28, 2009
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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%

I've got nothin' but good to say about this place. Stopped in for a late lunch on Monday, June 16, 2008, during a brief vacation trip. As we walked in, it's clear this place is all about beer -- even the subtle decor has repeated images of a clever sort of impressionistic line-drawing of a guy sipping a beer. The atmosphere is standard brew-pub, except the welcome is all craft-beer excellence.

Head brewer Jim Jeffryes was in house, and we chatted beer for a while. He is trying to make this a place with modern style and old-fashioned beers. He mentioned that he's found some old recipes from the 1800's, and he's adapting some of his brews to them.

We sampled nine beers on the $7.00 sampler, 4 ounces each. A sample is not enough to review, so I'll just describe briefly.

Island Mesa Blonde Ale is an easy-smooth cracker-malt based blonde with a nice dry hoppy finish.

River City Pilsner is a straightforward example of the style, with a bit of added depth and a long dry finish.

Broken Oar IPA is a big beer from an old recipe, heavy on the fuggles hops with a more floral result. Probably the best IPA I've ever had.

Highside Hefeweizen is a decent H-w with lots of orange and banana, and is super-creamy.

Lands End Amber is spicey and malty, slightly sweet and somewhat chocolatey. Very sessionable.

Standing Wave Pale Ale (APA) has a mild malt sweetness and a huge load of Crystal in the dry hopping.

Pigasus Porter is the star of the show, with lots of sweet malt and firm floral hops.

Black Bridge Stout is a biggish stout at 6.0%. On nitro tap, this is exceptionally creamy and very dry.

Heavy Amber Cask Ale is malty-sweet with a long creamy dry finish.

Exceptionally knowledgable and attentive wait-staff. Terrific food and huge portions. Brick-oven pizza is excellent.

If you're anywhere near Grand Junction, make the trip to this spot. Ask if Jimbo is in, and if he's not working on a brew, he'll be glad to talk beer with you.

NOTE: This place now usually has one beer on cask -- while it lasts. The brewery is only a seven-barrel set-up, and it has gotten popular enough that they occasionally run out of some of their beers. Jimbo, who calls this a "mom-and-pop operation with a working-class clientele," has larger equipment on order, but apparently it's a long time coming. He's also trying to keep the prices down, despite the fact that hops cost 6 times what they did in 2006: a ten ounce glass is $2.50; a pint is $3.75; a pitcher is $11.00. Happy hour pints are $2.50.

ColoradoBobs, Jun 17, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev +5%

We were driving through Grand Junction on the way to the Colorado Nat' Monument and came across this place. A nice little brewpub with a better than average beer selection and a pizza oven that turns out all kinds of delectable bread products.They had a large selection of beers brewed on site: Lite, wheat, Amber, Pale, IPA, Scottish, Porter, Oatmeal Stout and a Barley wine. I tried samples of 5 of them and I thought they were all done well. I liked the IPA which was nicely hopped with Willamette and Goldings. Very Drinkable. Finished with their oatmeal stout which had a very pleasant roasted flavor and a good body (can't stand watery stouts).

If you are with someone who likes Whisky, they also serve a whisky platter (wether it be scotch, Irish etc) which includes 6 offerings highlighting the variety of styles of the chosen region.

Well worth a visit.

plockyer, Jan 24, 2007
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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%

(Note, I didn't review any beers as I only had a 4oz sampler that includes everything they have...but I didn't have time to get any full servings. I'm not going to review anything based on less than a full serving)
Pretty nice looking place. Everything is a light colored wood and reminds me of a nice hunting lodge. Plenty of space and I liked the way the benches were arranged against the walls.
Food consisted of salads, single serving wood-fired pizzas, calzones, and panini sandwiches. We ordered sandwiches and a calzone and they were terrific. Simple good food. Nothing spectacular, but I'd certainly go back. The only downside is that the selection seemed a little limited in regards to the offerings (really only Italian style items), but they were still really good. Based on the surroundings of the place, we had no idea that the food was pizza/calzone based, though!
On to the beer, right?
I got a sampler for $5...one of the best deals I've ever seen! It came with a 3-4oz sample of all of their beers. They included a blonde, (true) hefeweizen, amber, pale ale, porter, irish stout, and the seasonal. In my case the seasonal was a pilsner, and a pretty good one at that. Based on my samples and my fiance's hefe pint, I have to say that the beer's quite good. The hefe and stout stood out as the best items in my opinion. The hefe claimed to be a true bavarian style weiss, and it tasted just like one. Full bodied and really flavorful. They served it with a tiny lemon wedge, but it luckily wasn't sqeezed in and was eaily removed. The stout was nitro-style and packed a lot of sweet chocolate and coffee zip. It ironically seemed to be the most popular item on a 100 degree afternoon, too!
Every brew was good (and stylistically spot-on) and came with a well written description of the beer. I don't even like blonde ale, but this one was solid.
I'd say that this is a great place to drop in for the beer, but know that the food likely isn't the rustic American bistro fare you might expect based on the surroundings. With that said, it's still quite good for what it is. If I head back to GJ, I'll defintiely drop in again!

EDIT: After some return trips while my wife was in GJ I have to say that KC has become one of the best stops in the entire region. Good beers, good food, good service.

Domingo, Jun 25, 2006
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3.71/5  rDev -7.3%

The atmosphere really isn't brewpubish at all--it's one big open room that's loud and has more of a diner feel. The bartop looks like lacquered pine? I do like the fact that I can see the brew tanks directly behind the barback through a glass pane. April was my waitress (don't call her Amber!) and she was very friendly and helpful. I asked for a pint of the Black Bridge Stout on nitro. She poured half a glass, frowned, and walked to the end of the bar and handed it to a man who was chatting with a customer. Jim, the head brewer, is chatting it up at the bar--very cool. He tastes the stout and tells her he'll "refizzy" it, just give him 15 minutes. I was just glad she cared enough to not just hand me the beer anyway. Friendly, down-home place with good beer that's definitely worth visiting.

andythejerk, Jun 14, 2006
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

Though I live in Colorado, I usually only make it to Grand Junction while cruising across the I70 corridor on my way to Utah's canyons. But, this week, I finally got a chance to stop in and check out the local craftbrew
scene.

Kannah Creek offers a contrast in atmosphere and location to Grand Junction's other brewpub (Rockslide) in some ways for better and in other, for worse. In any case, the brewpubs are a fun contrast and visited one after the other, they make for a fun visit to Grand Junction.

Kannah Creek opened toward the end of 2005 and seeks to eschews the traditional pub grub/brewery ambience for that of a gourmet pizza cafe that makes it own beer (similar to Amica's in Salida or Il Vicino in Colorado Springs). The interior is done in earth tones, with an open kitchen, and soft lighting. It reminded me a bit of California Pizza
Kitchen, but I was happy to let this slide since the service was prompt, the menu was original and creative, the pizza was tasty, and the beer was good!

Let me repeat that last statement: for a place less than a year old, they're putting out some excellent beers! I sampled all six of their standards (Island Mesa Blonde, Highside Hefeweizen, Lands End Amber, Standing Wave Pale, Pigasus Porter, and Black Bridge Stout) and found that all had strong flavor profiles, good balance, clean
finishes, and ample body. I had a half-pint of their very tasty seasonal River City Pilsener which had a great hoppiness to it and a clean, floral bouquet.

Kudos to the three families that have put their labor and love into getting Kannah Creek off the ground. For anyone in the Grand Junction area, this place is worth multiple visits, and for transient beerflies, KCB is
definitely worth a stop.

benito, Jun 04, 2006
Kannah Creek Brewing Company in Grand Junction, CO
88 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.