Strange Craft Beer Company
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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
3.35/5 rDev -16%
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.
08-02-2013 15:54:44 | More by JohnnyJam
3.36/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
06-23-2013 05:00:48 | More by JMBSH
3.94/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
05-10-2013 20:58:10 | More by BrewSkiing
4.57/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
03-29-2013 17:05:27 | More by Soup4lunch
4/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
03-16-2013 03:40:04 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.88/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
11-09-2012 15:07:35 | More by SudsTerkel
4.23/5 rDev +6%
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.
11-06-2012 03:50:51 | More by GilGarp
4.15/5 rDev +4%
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….
07-26-2012 14:49:36 | More by bradybeer
4.44/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
06-08-2012 16:02:56 | More by Quentin33
3.69/5 rDev -7.5%
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
01-13-2012 05:17:43 | More by Mebuzzard
Strange Craft Beer Company in Denver, CO
90 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.