Shamrock Brewing Co.

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Shamrock Brewing Co.Shamrock Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.67/5
Based on:
10 Beers
37 Ratings
Place Score: 85
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: n/a
Taps: 7
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Eatery, Store, Homebrew Store ]

108 West 3rd Street
Pueblo, Colorado, 81003
United States
phone: (719) 542-9974

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-25-2006)
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Reviews by benito:
Photo of benito
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Shamrock Brewing is half a block off of Pueblo's historic Main Street. The pub is divided into two rooms: the bar, long and narrow with tiled floor some booths (all equipped with their own TVs) along the edge, and the main dining room, family-friendly with views onto the brewery and a large chalkboard that lists the beer on tap, the beers fermenting, and the upcoming seasonal releases.

When I visited they had five beers on tap, including their flagship Irish Red and Irish Porter. They also had a honey wheat, a chile beer, and a festbier. The bartender told me that they had just run out of their blonde ale, their English pale ale and their double IPA, all mainstays on the menu. I sampled all five beers and had a pint of the Irish Porter which was very dry and roasty, with only a hint of sweetness. It was the most flavorful beer of the bunch, as the Irish Red was innocuous, the honey wheat was cloyingly sweet, and the chile beer had a bizarre flouride-like off flavor.

The beer I had was mediocre at best; fortunately, the service and the excellent soup (Irish ale and cheese soup) made up for it. The rest of the menu eschewed traditional pub fare for true Irish dishes, a concept that I like.

I won't go out of my way to visit Shamrock again, but on the off chance I pass through Pueblo, I will swing in again to see what's on the menu. As a side note, the upcoming seasonal releases (a saison, Belgian dark, 2006-vintage barley wine, and Christmas beer) all sound more interesting than the specials they currently have on the menu...so perhaps the Shamrock brews will be much better in the coming months.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Yagi1
2.8/5  rDev -22%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +11.4%

one of those old school small town places that deserves some more credit for what it is. an irish type brewpub, with first and foremost some incredible food. that reuben, oh baby, and the beer is almost as good. the irish porter is great this time of year, the wine grape wine yeast experiment beer was a success, and the papa pale ale was something else. the other thing thats awesome are the people. the brew crew there are some awesome folks, which made my experience here fantastic. comfortable to be here on a saturday afternoon, warm and welcoming inside. seven barrel system if i remember right, and its well engineered. i didnt think any of the beer was mind bending, but it was all very well done, and there was a fun mix of traditional styles and way out there stuff. the people, the beer, and the food are all good, and i love the old school vibe, so if i ever find myself in pueblo again, i will absolutely be here drinking beer without a shadow of a doubt. great experience overall

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Stopped by for lunch on a weekday. Although we had a reservation, it wasn't necessary.

The food was quite tasty. Fish and chips, corned beef, and a kids menu too. The all you can eat fish and chips were well enjoyed by both of us that had them. Although I've been to Irish pubs before, the different menu options were a refreshing change from the usual lunch choices.

Had the Irish Red ale and the "pint o' plain' Irish Porter. Both were good, I guess I liked the porter better, but either way I was happy.

Service wasn't bad at all. The one minor issue with our food was quickly taken care of, and wasn't a big deal anyway.

Atmosphere was a bit odd for an "Irish" pub, in that they had regae music playing and baseball on the TVs. No complaints tho. It might be a bit wilder on a weekend night than it was during the day on a wednesday.

Prices were expected for such an establishment. I always rate things as "reasonable" if they are within expectations.

Photo of Westyn
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of GeraldJackson12
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ssarah
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Schmittymack
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Visited here on Saturday, September 25th while down in Pueblo. Had always wanted to visit but never got around to it. Alas, I'm doubtful I'll return. The interior of the establishment was nice and welcoming. Our server did mess up our initial order, then was fairly slow with the tab. We didn't try any of the food but it did sound pretty good. The beer, however, was less than good. Out of everything we tried on the sample, the porter was the only brew I might order as a pint. The other selections were fairly thin with little taste or borderline bad. The imperial stout was all medicinal alcohol tasting, and the chili seasonal brew had no chili taste in it whatsoever. I won't go as far as saying avoid this place but I'm not scheduling a trip back anytime soon.

Photo of LittleDon
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A more than adequate pub and grill south of Beervana.

If you every find yourself south I-25 in Front Range corridor, and maybe too far from Denver/Boulder, Shamrock Brewing Co. offers an adequate venue for a decent beer and a bite. I recently stopped in on my way to Boulder. It was already 12 noon, too late to hope to make it the rest of the journey on an empty stomach. The atmosphere was 40s Colorado mining town, high pressed tin ceiling, dark wooden booths, long wooden bar, and plenty of sun through the large plate glass front window. Service was amiable and quick. Since I was on the road, I only could afford to try one beer (decent). There were about 8 in house brews available. The food was a real standout. Irish sliders were spectacular, particularly the corned beef. Soup (beef barley) was a bit institutional, but the salad had a nice lime cilantro dressing.

Overall, it was a very good experience and worth returning if I'm every in or around Pueblo again.

Photo of claytong
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

well the buffalo burger is golden in my book.
the beers are pretty good. their farmhouse saison is pretty damn nice. also their double red is pretty solid. dobbelbock not so much. my friend who likes pale ales really liked theirs, im not much into pale ales.
a great place to check out if youre driving down i 25, its a 2 minute detour plus time spent drinking and eating.
the waitress seemed unpleased about me ordering tasters (though i ordered a meal and a beer), which made me rate that a bit harshly otherwise everything was pretty nice. they do only have 7 or 8 tabs, so selection isnt great though happy to see dobbelbock and farmhouse.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I have been to Shamrock a number of times in the last year, and always went during off hours when the place wasn't busy. I have not tried their food, but have heard from locals that it is good. On all occasions I drank their beer, which was good but not outstanding. Their menu includes a few mixed drinks including mimosa made with freshly squeezed orange juice.

This place is a large rectangle room with Irish pub decor on the walls, booths around the edges and a large bar on one side. I have only been here between lunch and dinner, and it was pretty calm. I understand that it gets busy around dinner and afterwords. Two large flat-screen TVs flank the bar.

The service has always been polite and since I wasn't talkative left me to myself. The last time I was here the bar tender supplied me with three free beer samples just because the beer I asked for wasn't being brewed at the time... pretty cool. Overall I like this place, and would be interested to go sometime when it was busy and get some food and feel the atmosphere. Especially considering the overall lack of breweries in Pueblo, this place is a good stop to make if you are passing through or are new to the area.

Photo of climax
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I cam here for Halloween on my stint in Pueblo. The staff was festively dressed and spunky (as well they should have been). Other than that, it was a typical bar with the perks of a good restaurant and a brewery.

The selection of beer was pretty good, and the beer itself was good. The food was mainly Irish cuisine, which didn't really matter to me, I was hungry and it was good.

Pueblo doesn't have a whole lot to offer, so this place is worth a stop. However, if your ever in the city, eat a "slopper" (a cheeseburger covered in green chili). It's Pueblo's contribution to the food world, and it's pretty damn good.

Photo of Crematia
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1

I hear (via email news feeds) that Shamrock has a new brewer so we may give them another chance to redeem themselves soon. Our first visit a few months ago we were not impressed at all. Food was bad and the beer was even worse. Pretty awful for a brewery isn't it? We were looking forward to showing our Pueblo pride and saying Shamrock was awesome but we can't say it was.

The staff were attentive though, I'll give them that. The waitresses did know about the beers which was impressive.

Every beer tasted infected. One beer out of the sampler we had was decent. The rest were downright awful and disappointing. We brew better stuff at home. We'll try Shamrock again once the new brewer is full steam ahead.

Photo of rowew
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Located in the downtown area of Pueblo, we stopped in for dinner on Christmas eve. Large bar on one side, dining area on the other with brewing equipment visible up front. Beer list included the usual suspects, plus a few seasonals. I didn't take detailed notes, but overall the quality of the beer was good, but nothing overly memorable. Food was traditional Irish fare, and we tried the pork chop and boxty. Both were well made and flavorful. As some other reviewers mentioned, I wouldn't go out of my way to go back - but if I ended up in Pueblo I would stop in again.

Photo of hiikeeba
4.2/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

En route to the National Homebrewers Conference in Denver, I stopped in Pueblo for an early afternoon beer. The Shamrock Brewing Company is in an old building downtown, and tries to look like an old Irish pub. There's some history in these walls, and photos around the place make it clear there has been a bar here quite a while. There were several beers on tap, I opted for a wit beer. The bartender offered me a sample of their Imperial Red Ale. It had a nice balance between hops and malt, and didn't taste of alcohol. Very smooth.

The food menu looked good, but I wasn't hungry. And Denver was still down the road, so reluctantly, I left. The Shamrock Brewery is great, and I will go back!

Photo of grumpy
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Shamrock Brewing is located in an old building downtown. The atmosphere is not that of a tavern, rather a semi-nice restaurant. No attempt has been made to make it look like an Irish pub. The bar is on the left as you enter and is fairly long, reaching to the kitchen area in back. Several tables are located opposite the bar, and there is an adjacent room with additional tables. While the space is somewhat refurbished, you are still reminded that you are in an older structure.

Business was slow early on Tuesday afternoon when we visited. On tap were an American IPA (typical pale, hoppy, Colorado-style and pretty tasty), a Belgian White (very carbonated, light, hints of coriander, and drinkable at best), Imperial Red (good, but unusual floral, perfume, and musty tastes, and served in a smaller glass due to the high ABV), and three beers we didn’t taste – Irish Red, Irish Porter, and Blonde.

The food was a pleasant surprise. The menu was more diverse than the usual pub grub, including vegetarian and seafood boxty, and what one of us declared the “best portobello sandwich of all time.” Service was friendly, and good enough. Prices were reasonable.

This place is definitely worth a stop if you are in Pueblo.

Shamrock Brewing Co. in Pueblo, CO
85 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.