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Strange Craft Beer Company

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BEER AVG
3.65/5
Based on:
37 Beers
250 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.43%
Taps: 3
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar ]

1330 Zuni St, Unit M
Denver, Colorado, 80204
United States
phone: (720) 985-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @strangebrewco

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(Place added by: msubulldog25 on 06-29-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of dirtylou
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

divey little warehouse brewery - open garage door (even in the rain) with a permanent looking creep food cart on the other side.

Decent selection of brews - there's a laminated menu but there were also a few chalkboards with various other seasonal things. I sampled the DIPA and a cask IPA which were both pretty good. The pumpkin porter seasonal was pretty bad, though.

Interesting little place - they also had a bottled barleywine for sale, but there weren't enough indications that a purchase would be wise. Probably a 'skip' in the future, but worth checking out.

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of JohnnyJam
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

I just reviewed my notes on our brewery trip to CO and noticed that a had not reviewed Strange Brewery. This is from notes taken after the visit two weeks ago.

Strange Brewery is at the end of a small strip mall next to I- 23 in Denver. It's small but there were plenty of people there on this weekend afternoon. The weather was great and several bicyclists were outside on the patio drinking a beer and getting something from the food truck. You could bring your pooch and sit outside. The inside is split into tree different rooms. The one off to the right is not finished but I guess it could be used if the weather turned since the main room where the bar is was filled as was the adjacent one off to the left. There are tables for parties of two to six between the two rooms. I could see out towards the back it looked like the brewers were enjoying a couple of beers with some friends or maybe it was the end of a brewery tour and they were sampling some. A chalk board on the wall lists which beers are available that day. There were about eight and all brewed there. There were no guest beers.

A couple of seats at the bar opened up and we took them. I had the IPAphany IPA and shared a pretzel with my friend. The bartender was quick with the beers and heated the pretzel in a toaster oven. the beers are $5 and the pretzel was$3. The beer was very good but I would skip their pretzels and try the food truck. The pretzel was cold in the middle. We moved off to the other room and had a chat with a couple who stopped for a beer with their family. About this time I did notice there was a server working. I think he had been outside in the back hang out and joking about his black eye.

Overall, I would recommend this place for a quick beer. It seems to be popular with the locals. It's friendly enough but kind of a dive is my first and most lasting impression. I can't recall exactly what music was playing; but I think it was classic rock. I could imagine the band Cream playing the song "Strange Brew". It seems so fitting.

Photo of JMBSH
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Went with a couple friends since I had a Groupon style coupon for $30 for $15.

Found at the end of an industrial park building. A food truck tent set up at a garage door opening. Entered to find a large group of drunk bar hopping people dressed up as gladiators with armor made of PBS 24 pack boxes (later we shared a table with a couple regulars that said that it is usually never this loud and busy). Passed through to the bar area where there were a few tables. A couple small short tables for two people then about three longer taller ones with bar stools. The bar had about 7-8 bar stools. A variety of chalk boards show off what is on tap and coming soon.
A tall table opens up and we grab it. A menu shows what the food truck that day is offering while another talks about the beers. The taster sampler for $15 works just right for us. No wait staff so hit the bar where we are taken care of fairly quickly. The deal gets us two samplers of almost all of their beers. Thanks to the drunk bar hop people they have to give us trays vs the wooden sampler holder but not a big problem. I survey the set up. If the trucks food isn't what I want they offer baked pretzels and pretzel dogs. They even sell dog treats made from spent grain (not theirs but still different). A empty popcorn maker sits off to the side with a sign that if there is a food truck there, it is shut down. Too bad they make you have to pay for food if all you might want is to share some popcorn with friends over your beers.
Not reviewing the beers since I just got tasters but I have to say that the oaked DIPA that wasn't part of the taster tray was the best I thought.

Photo of BrewSkiing
3.94/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Love to find these small nano breweries in odd places, usually in a garage or warehouse. This one is right around the corner from Mile High field and has a decent selection of their brews. They do rotate in weekly batches release on Wednesday or Thursday. They have closed one of the sitting rooms, as I think they will be expanding their operations soon. So there is not a whole lot of room to grab to a seat if they are busy. Service is ok, normally has two people (one running the tables and one behind the bar), so service can be slow. Overall a great find in the beer crazy town of Denver.

Photo of Soup4lunch
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

So Rob and I are working through the local breweries as home brewers that dig the equipment and taste variations; I choose this place for a visit. Great time had by all! We did the 10 pack taster... most of the beers were good, I thought the best were the Cherry variations, the worst was the porter.. nondescript. The bartender took us through the operations area and seemed knowledgeable about the beer making process. It's not a 1 bbl shoppe anymore; 10 bbl now. There's a very comfortable atmosphere.. I settled in on the IPA variations, Rob bounced around the darker stuff. BTW, Kudos to Brewster's owner for adding a mascot for the evening. Brewster's a mega-corgi mix with a big smile and great attitude.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I happened to visit this place during a party but still easily got a flight. The IPA was good, but I appreciated the uniqueness in the mouth feel of the cherry bomb stout. Atmosphere was grand, much like you would imagine out of a family owned brewery. Selection was also good to maybe even slightly better than good. I would happily visit this place again and recommend it to all who visit Denver.

Photo of SudsTerkel
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

SBC is another craft beer Colorado success story. The proprietor & brewer Tim Myers, was active in the Denver homebrew community and struck out on his own with Strange in 2010. He's since garnered GABF medals and a whole host of followers like me who take pleasure in his work. His Farmhouse Ale - a Saison - is the best of class in my book. Strange has just expanded their space and has a very nice patio for enjoying Tim's superb beers. If you're coming from out of town, it's off the beaten path and not in the beer mecca of Lodo and instead in obscure industrial zone west of downtown. Be sure to map it out.

Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Not the kind of place you stumble upon. Located in a strip "mall" off the major highway I-25.

Quiet and comfortable, you walk through the acting area to get to the bar. The bartender is friendly and knowledgable with a good understanding of the beers and brewing process.

Selection isn't huge but there is probably something for most beer drinkers. Quality, however is very good. The IPA I had was well made and enjoyable.

It's not a busy or hectic place to go have a beer an I really like that about Strange. A nice place to enjoy a craft beer and enjoy the company you're with.

Photo of bradybeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Our final beer stop in CO, and frankly even I was beered out by this time.

Strange Brewing located in an industrial strip mall not far from the Mile High Stadium just west of downtown Denver.

When we arrived we spotted the food vendor and the smell of something good.

Near the food vendor on the patio are a few seats to sit outside. Walking into Strange the bar is located directly opposite of the bar. There is a little seating area with about 4 tables that is some what separate. There is also a rail with stools near the bar. There were about 6-7 beers on tap, but to be honest we were tired and went for a Cherry Kriek, and a Gluten Free Lemon Pale Ale (it was so bad that I can’t even remember what style it was). I hereby swear to never drink another gluten free beer again. The Cherry Kriek was very good but it was $8 or so a pint.

We liked this place and would have enjoyed it more if it weren’t the last stop on our beercation.

We did order the Mediterranean Plate and Stuffed Jalapeños from the food vendor, and loved them. They also have a Thursday special which is $1 an ounce steak. MMM….

Photo of Quentin33
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I live in Denver and have been to nearly every micro-brewery or brewpub along the Front Range (Ft. Collins, Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs) and this is my favorite - for the great quality of the beer, the cozy & welcoming atmosphere, the fellow beer-loving customers, etc. I take a growler home a few times a month, and though I like several of the beers a lot, I always come back to their Pale Ale, perhaps the best made beer in that category I've ever had. Atmosphere is very basic, no food to speak of aside from the popcorn machine and the food truck stationed there when the "patio" is open on weekends, though I've never tried it. Lots of other very good micros around but, to repeat, I put Strange at the top of the list.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Another new place in Denver. It's hard for me to rate atmosphere on these places. For a beer geek, it's pretty good. Simple, stripped down, money concentrates on the beer. And it is a tap room, not a pub. Still, some tap rooms are better...some are worse. So this one gets an 'average'. Nothing wrong with that.
Hard to find, at least for me. I came from Federal and got lost. Coming from the East seems easier
It's a small place, perhaps 25 people can sit. Reminds me a bit of the old Dry Dock tap room. They've expanded, and hopefully one day Strange will reach the profits to be able to do so.
Friendly service. I like being called "hon".
Several beers on tap. I tried 'em all, can't complain

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

very cool intimate little brewery. couple of picnic tables and a small bar inside is all, brew gear in the back behing a clear window. about eight or ten beers on tap, including a nitro offering. some interesting styles to pick from, and a generous tasting flight is also offered. no food but you can order stuff delivered there, which is neat. beers are all pretty good, none i tried were extraordinary, but they are all well made. service was good and friendly, helpful. prices were reasonable as well. ill be back

Photo of Flounder57
4.14/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This place is located on the outer part of Denver. We took a cab from Great Divide to get here. Very easy to miss, at least for our cab driver.

Located in a strip mall in an industrial suite. We walked into the front room where there were chairs and tables to sit down. That led to another room to the left and the bar a little further back in another room. About ten seats at the bar and they had ten or so of their beers on draft for purchasing.

We did a flight of all ten beers and scored some rare treats too. Especially their cherry pie kriek which was very edible. There is a beer there to at least suit everyone.

The quality, service, and selection was good. We were among a few people in the brewery so we got a lot of attention, got to sample all the beer they head, and talk with the employees and brewmaster. They also fill up growlers too.

They don't serve food and they do take cash and credit. Overall, this was a great addition to the brewery scene in Denver and worth the trip off the beaten path. We even got a ride to Renegade down the street from some employees since it was snowing outside and we were going to walk.

Photo of Ratman197
4.34/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Hidden gem of a brewery stashed in the industial area between I-25 and the power plant west of downtown. Nice little well lit tasting room although a bit on the small side..Kind of like hanging out at a friends place. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Usually at least seven beers on tap at reasonable prices. Now that they have thier seven barrel system they are planning a series of one off beers on their one barrel system. I'm looking forward to these Beers. Free popcorn, peanuts and pretzles. Good value and good times well worth checking out.

Photo of MsRif
3.94/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited with my husband in August 2011. A little off the "beaten path" in that you have to use fancy mapping skills to find the place. It's in an industrial center...very unassuming, but it smelled like sweet brewing as soon as we walked in so we knew we were in the right place.

Very small bar that was empty, as well as a few tables. No menu to speak of, but they had a complimentary popcorn machine as well as a water cooler. Started filling up a bit more towards the end of our visit (later in the afternoon). Brews that were offered were tasty, and the service was great. Not a huge selection and a lot of brews were kicked, but that's to be expected when you visit a micro. I hope Strange Brewing can expand a bit more because I think they could go far. They did offer awesome t-shirts and pints for sale...we got one of each.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stop # 248 on my world brewery tour.

Visited on the Thursday of GABF around 3:00 which didn't leave a ton of time to relax and enjoy the place.

A surprisingly nice environment in an otherwise nondescript industrial row on the west side of downtown Denver. I walked out with the reinforced belief that if you brew it (excellent beer), they will come find it which is the case here.

Small "lounge" up front along with a garage door that opens to create a patio area in the parking lot. A taco truck steps from that but I'm not sure if that is always there or not.

My buddy and I split the sampler. All beers were excellent and the cherry Kriek was among the best of that style that I've had. The people working/volunteering there were all super friendly and loved what they were doing.

Strange began as a nano brewery using 55 gallon Blichmann equipment and is now up to a 7 bbl system.

Photo of Rifugium
3.86/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I plugged the address into my GPS and let "Mandy" take me there. As I got closer, I was just thinking, "Really?" It's really hidden away there in an industrial/micro-commerical area in Denver, and I drove past it without seeing it on the first pass, but found it easily when I turned around. That's good though...I like the little tucked away places; it's like finding hidden treasure.

Strange Brewing's brewpub is more of a simple tasting room. It has a nice organic vibe to it. A small bar seats maybe 8-10 people, and there's a few tables with some standing room. I'd say maybe 50 people could squeeze in there. From the bar, you can see the brewing process going on. The bartender was friendly and knew about their beer, and the beer scene in general, which was nice.

The beer itself was just fine. Of course, only their own brews were available, and they had 6 on tap when I visited, including 2 saisons, 2 IPAs, a witbier, and a cherry stout. Other taps were kicked, but you can't really ask more for a brewer this small. Prices were reasonable, with $5 pints and $1 tasters. No food other than snacks in the form of peanuts in carafes, and a cinema-style popcorn machine!

Really liked this place, and I'm glad I had the time to visit on my CO trip.

Photo of Domingo
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Yet another one of those places I'd been meaning to hit up for quite some time. It's in a small nook of a storefront slightly west of I25. There isn't much near it that isn't industrial, so you have to be going there to go there. However, I appreciate people opening in spots that aren't on the beaten path. I wish more places would do that.
When you walk in there a small room with 4-5 tables (and a water tank) that opens into a larger room with a bar and another few tables. All of the brewing equipment is in plain sight right behind the bar. At first glance I'd say it looks like any number of other small breweries, but there's nothing wrong with that at all! It's familiar in a good way.
On this day I got a sampler that included a wit, saison, strong saison, IPA, Belgian IPA, porter, and nitro cherry stout. Everything was solid and retained a true "small batch" flavor. I got a pint of the cherry stout since it was unique, but I'd happily get a pint of anything they had sans the Belgian IPA, which just wasn't to my personal tastes. No complaints, though - different strokes for different folks.The sampler was also only $6 and sizes were pretty substantial. Pints were only $5, too. While it doesn't sound like much, the free peanut jars are a nice bonus to give you something to snack on and to cleanse your palate a bit.
One thing that was really cool was the vibe. The brewers/owners, some regulars, and even some beer tourists were all there at 3:30PM on a Monday, and you'd think everyone was enjoying a Friday night. Sometimes the intangibles can really make a place shine. In the case of Strange, that's certainly the case.
A cool place that really retains the small brewery feel while showcasing solid offerings and a growing reputation.
I'm definitely heading back and made notes on how to get there via the Light Rail for convenience, too.
Strange is a welcome sight and stands out and reminds me of the friendly microbreweries tucked into small towns across the US more than most places around town.

Photo of Schmittymack
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

FINALLY hit this place with Ratman and Emmasdad on Wednesday afternoon/early evening. A bit out of the way but definitely worth it. I tried three of their offerings and their Paint It Black was quite delicious. Also tried their Cherry Kriek which was very good--sour cherry apple pie in a glass--as well as their Tainted Black IPA. All three were very good to say the least.Tasting room is quite small but no one seems to mind--everyone's there for the beer, right? Complimentary pretzels and peanuts is it on the food side but, hey, you're there for the beer, right? I will most definitely be back.

Photo of emmasdad
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Having recently been given a few coupons for this place, I was looking forward to trying it out. Finally got the chance today. I stopped by this afternoon with Schmittymack and Ratman. This was my first time, and I left very impressed. I had the opportunity to try six of the beers on tap, and all were quite good. Additionally they offered complimentary pretzels and peanuts. $4 pints on tues and weds. Im very much looking forward to returning. Highly recommended, a great new addition to the Denver beer scene.

Photo of ObeerwanCO
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This little gem is just west of downtown Denver in an industrial area and has a gritty charm about it.

I purchased a flight of all 8 beers on tap (only $6). Despite this being a small operation, they have a nice range. My favorite was the Belgian farmhouse ale and they also had a nice wit and kriek on tap, both of which were refreshing after my bike ride in.

Overall, this is a friendly place with good beers. A great place to chill after work. It is somewhat new and still has a feeling of experimentation about it. Definitely worth stopping in now so that you can say you knew about them before they got big.

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Strange Craft Beer Company in Denver, CO
91 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.